Making a screencast video presentation is more difficult that you image. First you figure out the script, then you do the recording (perhaps more than once), then do any editing (cut the coughs and um’s, speed up long typing sequences, etc), add any callouts or special effects, then convert to the appropriate video format, upload the video and finally create an accompanying article to go along with it.
Whew! That’s a lot of work. I’ve done this for over nine hours worth of material so far!
We, BKeeney Software, are now offering streaming videos for REALbasic training with over an hours worth of free video (you do have to sign up for an account though). To say that this has been a labor of love is understating the scope of the project. With nine hours of video we’ve barely scratched the surface of all that REALbasic has to offer. We have many, many things still left on the plate. I look at this as a never ending stream of videos as REALbasic is always evolving (on a 90 day basis!) so the work will never be done.
With nine hours available now, what’s it mean for a month or year from now? I don’t honestly know, but as I’m writing this I’m encoding and updating another twenty-six minutes of video.
Since this is REALbasic I spend a lot of time working in one environment, Mac OS X, and doing debug runs in Windows 7 and Linux (Ubunutu) and show you the big, little and sometimes subtle differences between the platforms. You’re seeing how I approach a project from the ‘what I’m going to do’ to implementing it and doing final testing. And yes, you get to see me make some mistakes (hey, don’t we all?) and through the magic of post editing I’ll point those out when I do them so you’re not confused and then we show the correction process.
This is not a typical video training program. We have five hours of video just on the basic controls available for REALbasic. Not only do we describe what it does and some of the things to be aware of, we use the control in a project and examine what it does in Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux when there are differences.
My goal is to make you a better REALbasic programmer. I name EVERYTHING from RB objects to my variables in source code so that they mean something. At a glance you should be able to tell what your source code is doing because you’re not just writing code for right now, but you’re writing code for six months and six years from now.
Sign up for an account and automatically get a free Guest Pass. Poke around and take a look at the free videos. We’d love it if you’d sign up for a subscription. With our introductory pricing, a three month subscription costs $45. A year subscription is $150 which is a 20% savings.
What’s great about the video training? You can help direct what videos are done next. REALbasic has thousands of classes – some with poor documentation and examples. We can create the video training that helps you out sooner rather than later.
That’s it for now. Happy coding!