Over the last week I have done a lot of video demonstrations covering the 8 basic features of SharePoint 2007 for end users. I really enjoyed making the series and know the demos have already proved very useful for many people but one thing has frustrated me- video quality. I use Camtasia for screen recording and love it but have often been frustrated by the output when recording a full screen. On Friday I managed to get round to something I should have done a while ago- upgrading our Camtasia version. Turns out we are using a version produced in 2006 and there have been 2 newer versions.
The Pepsi challenge
Having upgraded I decided to re-record a SharePoint basic features video so that I could see the difference. Being a child of the 80s I explained this to the team as ‘The Pepsi Challenge’. Blank faces ensued as my colleagues 10-12 years younger than me had no clue what I was talking about. Dave Coleman noded knowingly from the corner of the room and then started talking about Chorlton and the Wheelies which led to me producing a blank face. Here are the results and see if you can ‘taste the difference’ between Camtasia 4 and Camtasia 6 in HD. Obviously putting the videos into YouTube will play a factor but the difference is still clear.
SharePoint basic feature in Camtasia 4 (view in 420p)
SharePoint basic feature in Camtasia 6 HD (select 720 HD)