Like everybody else, I find it a chore writing documents to capture the work that I have done.
Recently, I have been using screen recording software like Camtasia Studio to document my work. So while I'm doing a complicated piece of work on my PC, I would use Camtasia to record the screen with my narration as I click and talk through the steps.
It's a reasonable substitute for writing documents, especially when I'm working on agile projects. Here's what I like about Camtasia Studio:
- MPEG-4 HD quality video files: Camtasia captures my PC screens at 1280x720 resolution and they look crystal clear. Camtasia exports the recordings in MPEG-4 format that I can share easily with my coworkers. I also tried the Mac version of Camtasia but I wasn't able to export the same video quality as the Windows version.
- Fast easy editing: I was able to crop out the unwanted segments of the screen recording quickly and easily. Camtasia has timeline editing similar to video editors like Adobe Premiere Pro, but I find Camtasia's user interface more efficient at editing.
- Keystroke callouts and mouse-click effects: While you're typing during the screen recording, Camtasia shows you the pressed keys as graphic overlays. You may also show left- and right-mouse clicks with different effects.
- SmartFocus: Camtasia helpfully zooms in and shows you the details as you click and type during the recording.
- Speech-to-Text Transcription: Camtasia can transcribe your speech and show it as a text overlay, but it didn't understand my accent well. Maybe it would work better for you.
Documenting your work is a necessary evil. Do you have other efficient ways to do that?