Rather than try to explain in an email / screen shots how to carry out the task, I thought it would be much easier to do a quick Screencast. I remember a colleague showing me Screencast-O-Matic some time ago, and I recalled how easy it seemed to be to create a simple screencast, so I decided to have a go at creating one myself.
After resolving the missing Java plug-in on my Firefox browser, I was shown a screen which simply said "Start Recording". I didn't do any prep (other than to have a quick practice at the task myself in Photoshop to ensure I made the steps as clear as possible). I clicked Start Recording, adjusted the screencasting window size and hit the record button.
After completing the required steps to create my curved text, I pressed the stop button, and was then given an option to upload to YouTube or Screencast-O-Matic. I chose the latter, though I think I will definitely explore the YouTube option in the future.
I was amazed at how simple it was. In fact, I was so impressed that I registered an account (free), set up a Photoshop channel, and even had a go at adding captions (which I then removed).
Things I learned:
- Screencast-O-Matic is extremely simple and quick to use
- The automatic highlighting of key actions (eg mouse clicks) is excellent
- The sharing options are very straightforward
- Whilst a mouse click shows, click and drag doesn't - something to remember when doing the commentary
- I need a better microphone!