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How to Convert Livescribe Pencasts to Screencasts

Goal: Start with a Livescribe pencast and end up with a YouTube or Screencast.com video

Example:

Original: Supply and Demand Chart

brought to you by Livescribe

YouTube  video of the same pencast (I used method #4 below)

Since it’s not currently (as of 10/25/2009) possible to create a screencast from the Livescribe Desktop or from Livescribe Online the following methods are recommended for converting Livescribe phttp://www.edlivescribe.com/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&post=210&message=1encasts to screencasts.

Method 1: Record small, medium, or large version of pencast* using Jing** and share on Screencast.com**.  Share embedded (or linked) videos on blogs, wikis, Moodle, web pages, or through email (links)

Pros: Uses two free tools.
Cons: Limited to 5 minute recordings.
More info below.

Method 2: Record small, medium, or large version of pencast* to mp4 format using JingPro** and share using YouTube and/or Screencast.com**.
Share embedded (or linked) videos on blogs, wikis, Moodle, web pages, or through email (links
Pros: Videos can be uploaded directly to either YouTube or Screencast.com from JingPro.
Cons: JingPro costs $14.95 per year
More info below.

Method 3: Record small, medium, or large version of pencast* using Camtasia Recorder** and edit/produce using Camtasia Studio** or Camtasia:Mac** to record, produce, and share on YouTube, Screencast.com**.  Share embedded (or linked) videos on blogs, wikis, Moodle, web pages, or through email (links
Pros: Able to share pencasts in a myriad of formats (iTunes/iPod, web, DVD, web)
Cons: Camtasia Studio has a learning curve and costs about $200.  So I always encourage people to start with Jing & JingPro and then “graduate” to Camtasia Studio (or Camtasia:Mac) when they need to record more than 5 minute screencasts, need to edit, etc.
More info below.

Method 4:  Play back pencast full screen and record using Camtasia Recorder**.  Edit/produce using Camtasia Studio** or Camtasia:Mac** to record, produce, and share on YouTube, Screencast.com. Suggestions for editing: a) crop the resulting video (using a Zoom and Pan frame), b) boost the audio level several times and c) remove noise.  Then share using Screencast.com** (multiple formats) or produce to mp4 format and upload the resulting video to YouTube.  Crop video to have a 16 x 9 aspect ratio if uploading to YouTube.

* How to embed medium and large versions of pencasts: Although it may be possibly to record pencasts that are playing back in full-screen mode it seems much easier to record them when they are simply embedded in blogs, web, or wiki pages.   But because the standard size of pencasts is so small you’ll likely want to use James Socol’s Pencast Embed tool to enlarge to medium or large sized pencasts.  Then embed them and record them.

** Jing, JingPro, Camtasia Studio, Camtasia:MacScreencast.com are all products or services of TechSmith.