Screencasts are videos of screen capture. The video shows changes on the screen while programming or executing some task.
Emacs screencasts are videos of emacs in use. They offer a fun way to learn about Emacs usage by looking at experts using or demonstrating new features. It is also revealing to see how these experts use emacs for routine tasks while they go about demonstrating new features. Though some screencasts are only visual, without sound, they nevertheless reveal some useful patterns. Learning from screencasts is like looking over the expert’s shoulder and silently watching them work.
There are a number of ways of learning, but screencasts have proven unmatched for demonstrating complex command sequences in easy to see, low-cost method.
Screencasts about Emacs
Tips about Creating Screencasts
- ScreencastMode (everywhere, but only inside Emacs) and ScreencastRecord (GNU/Linux, FreeBSD? - ogg, ie only open formats) are modes for creating screencasts from within Emacs easily.
- Derek Slager used CommandLogMode (everywhere, but only inside Emacs) to create a screencast.
- See also wink (freeware w32, creates flash video, is it ok to link to it here? An open source version is on its way.)
- A post describing how the screencasts on the emacsmovies.org website are done. - http://emacsmovies.org/blog/2012/01/21/welcome_to_emacsmovies.org/
- NicFerrier records ogg files with RecordMyDesktop? on Ubuntu and tries to do it in a single take
- then he uploads the ogg to youtube
- Youtube generate a whole bunch of alternative sizes without having to edit at all
- some other tips
- use a hi res screen and then make a smallish window that you record - then you can have your script in a bigger window to one side
- use a scratch emacs instance to do recordings, so you can prove that something will work for someone else
- try and start the screencast with your voice being enthusiastic! people listen to the first 30seconds
Ideas for Screencasts