First attempt to record: My daughter says, "I have to go potty."
Second attempt: The garbage truck drives by (very loud) and disrupts my audio
Third attempt: Oops, I forgot to set the Keynote presentation back to slide one.
Fourth attempt: The telephone rings about halfway through my recording. My husband. I got mad at him because he was "supposed to know" I was recording!
This is just not my day. I finally got a recording that I was proud of on the FIFTH attempt. Great! The rest will be no problem! Upload, get link, share.
My Focus on Presentation was supposed to be simple. I was to share a technology tool that I use in my library with my peers. That's not too difficult, right? Well, it shouldn't have been. I was an expert on my topic, WikiSpaces, and I have recorded many videos in the past few years. This time I wanted to try something different. I wanted to use Jing to record my presentation. I have heard so many good things about Jing, I wanted to give it a try for myself. Capturing the video was simple and the product was good quality. I was happy with it. The problem set in when I attempted to upload to Screencast. I kept getting an error message. It would not work. I contacted their customer service and got a response back a few hours later. The technician directed me to several articles on their "help" page, all of which I had read PRIOR to contacting them. I was disappointed.
So, I saved the movie to my desktop and tried to upload to YouTube. That didn't work either because YouTube does not recognize .swf video files. Bummer. Third times a charm...right?
My third idea had to work! I would just use one of the many free online video converters to turn my .swf video into a .mpeg. No problem. After downloading 5 different converters, I was still no further ahead. It just wasn't my day. I should also mention that I was now almost 3 1/2 hours into the process.
I was frustrated and mad. I finally decided to go back to a resource I have used many times, Screencast-O-Matic. I recorded my presentation again, clicked the "Upload to YouTube" button, and 20 minutes later it was loaded! Wow! 30 minutes, start to finish! That's all it took??
I wasn't sure if I should be jumping for joy that it worked so smoothly, or really upset that I wasted so much time trying to get Jing to work!
Thank you for listening to me vent,