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How to Share Livescribe Pencasts on YouTube

Goal: Start with a Livescribe pencast and share it on YouTube

Example: Supply and Demand Chart by Josh Fassl

Original pencast: Supply and Demand Chart

brought to you by Livescribe

YouTube video of the same pencast (I used method #3 below)

Version only showing writing with voice:

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 pencasts to screencasts.

Method 1: Record small, medium, or large version of pencast* to mp4 format using JingPro** and share using YouTube.

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, resizing pencasts to larger size requires that you understand how to use embed code and have a blog, wiki, or website where you can embed them. JingPro has a 5 minute recording limit.
More info below on resizing pencasts.

Method 2: Record small, medium, or large version of pencast* using Camtasia Recorder** and edit/produce using Camtasia Studio** or Camtasia:Mac**.  Share using YouTube.   Share embedded (or linked) videos on blogs, wikis, Moodle, web pages, or through email (links
Pros:  Lots of ways to edit video.
Cons: Camtasia Studio has a learning curve and costs about $180 (US – Educational pricing).  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 3:  Play back pencast full screen and record using Camtasia Recorder**.  Edit/produce using Camtasia Studio** or Camtasia:Mac**.  Share on YouTube.

Suggestions for editing:
a) Crop the resulting video (using a Zoom and Pan frame).
b) Crop video to have a 16 x 9 aspect ratio if uploading to YouTube.
c) Boost the audio level several times and
d) Remove noise.

* 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.




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