I'm participating in GHOP, too. Today I created the second version of a video tutorial showing how to use outcomes.
It would be very nice of you, to tell me whether you like this tutorial or not and why.
You can access the video here:
I really like your video, it has a good flow and a very clear commentary. However the large zoom does make it quite difficult to see what is going on. If you do find the time to create it with a broader view then I think it'd make it really useful.
I'd like to wade in here and say that YouTube is not the best place for these Moodle video tutorials. My reasons below:
I make my living from creating e-learning presentations and software tutorials. I've played around with many of the tools of the trade for e-learning. So I can save you all a lot of time and frustration by recommending Adobe Captivate as the best tool for creating Moodle's online instruction tutorials.
Captivate's method of demonstrating software is to capture a series of still images of the interface and animate the mouse movement. A new capture is only taken when something changes on the screen. You can capture a full-motion video on demand (such as to show a scrolling window etc), but I tend not to use this as I'm always trying to conserve bandwidth.
So I feel we should definitely create these tutorials for Moodle, in SWF format, using a capture size calculated to display on a 1024x768 monitor, and they should be served up from a Moodle server...not YouTube. For those that have external-facing webservers, we could all share the bandwidth drain by uploading tutorials and allowing Moodledocs to link to them.
My two cents worth.
I can backup and confirm your points exactly, Flash video by something like Captivate is far and away the smallest, most efficient bandwidth video of almost all the tutorial recorders I have tried. Captivate has had many owners RoboDemo, Macromedia, and now Adobe. the last version by Macromedia had some bug but I learned to live with them. I expect Adobe has doubled the price, and I hope fixed some of the bug in the last Macromedia version. but I would strongly suggest checking out a timed demo version of Captivate.
Mpls., MN USA
Yes Adobe did increase the price of Captivate slightly when they bought out Macromedia, but not by that much.
However the good news is that they have an "educational" version which is the same as the full commercial product but available for students or teachers at a fraction of the cost. You can see the educational pricing of all Adobe's products here: http://www.adobe.com/education/purchasing/education_pricing.html
It lists Captivate 3 at $199 USD. This should be within budget for any educational institution that wants to teach technical communication...and a worthy investment indeed for any aspiring technical communicator. This app is hot property in the job market at the moment with more and more positions relating to e-learning requiring experience with Captivate listed as "favourably considered".