I recently decided to start doing a screencast show that covers productivity and time saving tips for using the internet. This would involve recording actions on the screen as they are being done. Since I didn’t want to constantly screencast my personal computer to whole internet, I decided to record a VMWare screen that was pretty vanilla.
Here’s how I set that up.
For equipment, I use my Macbook Pro and Thunderbolt Display to do the computing work. I use a Blue Microphones Spark for the voice. The actual screencasting and video editing work is done with Tech Smith’s Camtasia. I’ve also done some of the logo work with Synium’s Animationist and Logoist. I recommend all these products. If a newbie like me can pick them up and start using them to create screencast videos in a sort time, anyone can.
I tend to gush about The Nerdist podcast. I will admit. Chris, Matt and Jonah always keep it fun to listen to while diving deep into the interviews with the guests. I think the personal connection with Chris adds to my enjoyment of the show. I have fond memories playing video games at his dad’s bowling alley. Our parents were also friends.
It’s hard to say one stands out among the rest, because they are all so good. But every now and then I feel the need to point out one that I really enjoyed. The episode with Charlie Hunnam is one of those. It was interesting to hear some of his story and realize both how different and how similar he is to the character Jax that he plays on Sons of Anarchy. I twas also interesting to hear him talk about his desire to bring a movie to big screen about Vlad the Impaler. So go give it a listen.
I just found Kevin Pollak’s (@kevinpollak) twitter feed through Adam Baldwin (@adamsbaldwin), whose tweets I love to read. I’m really glad I did. He is hilarious! While I’ve admire a lot of the roles he’s played including The Usual Suspects, I have a certain synchronicity involving him that is one of the more amusing experiences I have in my life. It seems that anytime the film She’s All That is on TV, I happen to be channel surfing and land on it at the exact point int he movie where his character is watching Jeopardy and answering all the questions (in the form of a question of course) wrong. I typically laugh until my belly hurts. I’m not really sure why either. It’s not that funny a scene, especially if you’ve already seen it. I guess it’s simply the surreal nature of the whole experience. I’ll probably never know for sure.
None of that really matters though. What matters is that your life is incomplete if you’re not following either one of these guys. So make your life complete…NOW!