Debugmode Wink is a freeware piece of software for both business as well as personal use for doing screencasts and incorporating sound into your screen captures. The main useful format it outputs to is macromedia flash though you can output to PDF for handouts and so forth. While its not a PostgreSQL related item per se,
it can be useful for making all sorts of tutorials including PostgreSQL tutorials that involve showing people how to do things on screen. We've started to experiment with tutorials of this
format and hope to get into doing
more hands on like tutorials. We'll probably be doing a using PostgreSQL in OpenOffice tutorial in this issue since it lends itself well to screen casting.
Where to get Wink and OS Support
You can get Wink from http://www.debugmode.com/wink/
It comes in two versions. One for Window and one for Linux. Haven't tried the Linux version so can't speak for its merits. From reading it seems the Linux version is a little behind in functionality of the windows one, though hopefully that will change.
Debug mode site has some other interesting video slicing, morphing and framing software also released as freeware.
These are the features of the Windows version 2.0 build
- Fairly intuitive to use and it comes with flash videos generated with Wink showing how to use Wink.
- Screen recording and voice recording. We like to do our screens first and then cut in voice afterward, though you can record at the same time
- The project screen once you have done a recording shows all the frames and you can save as a wink project.
- You can cut out frames you don't like
- Add text boxes, cutesy arrows, add next previous pause buttons that stop the movie at that point waiting for user to click next
- Dub in voice snippets at any frame
- Render to flash and to keep the size down, it allows you to designate the size of color palette and build the ideal color palette.
- If you have two or more wink projects you have done, you can copy frames from one to another simply with copy and paste and thus stitch together many screencasts to make
a more lengthy video. I'm thinking this is a great feature if you want to cater your tutorials to a specific audience, you make short reels and stitch together ones that are relevant for each group.
Below is a simple link of a screencast we made for PgCon2009 just in case our computer decided to break on us.
This one we didn't have any jazzy sound or other fancy features of Wink. Later tutorials we plan to explore the more advanced features of Wink like sound dubbing and bubble windows and so forth.
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