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A screencast is a video or animated image of what is displayed on a computer screen to show readers what the instructions in knowledge base articles are telling them.
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Before you create a screencast
- Try to present Firefox in its most familiar form.
- Use as many default settings as possible.
- Use the default Firefox theme.
- Use the default operating system theme.
- Lower the screen resolution or do not capture the entire screen, so it will fit in the browser window.
- Make sure there's enough context to know what the image is of.
- If speaking, make sure you speak clearly.
- Make sure you can export to FLV or ogg/theora.
- Screencasts should only be applied to step-by-step instructions.
Converting to OGG (Windows or Mac)
Ogg/Theora is an open video format that Firefox 3.5 can play without the need for a plugin. Unlike other video formats such as Flash or MPEG, Ogg is unrestricted by software patents and open for further software development. Because Firefox can play Ogg files without a plugin, users with problematic plugins will have better chance of being able to view Ogg screencasts.
- Install and run VLC media player.
- Go to the
menu and select .
to select the file to convert.
- After you've added a file, click on .
- Under "Settings", select the Video - Theora + Vorbis (OGG) profile.
- Beside "Destination file", click to choose a location and name of the OGG file.
- Click .
Adding screencasts to articles
- Read the Editing articles page first.
- Beside Upload screencast, click
- A file selector will open, allowing you to select the file from your computer. After you have selected the file in the file selector, and clicked , the file is ready to be uploaded.
to upload the screencast. A thumbnail of the file should appear in the Insert screencast area.
- You can add both a Flash video and an Ogg video at the same time, and the fallback will work automatically.
- To insert a screencast, click on the Insert Screencast link below the thumbnail, and the corresponding code will appear where the cursor is, in the article content area.