Screen shots vs. Screen Recording for software simulation
I build a lot of simulation courses, and have almost always used screen shots to develop the click-by-click actions. This allows for narration, recorded separately, that matches exactly to the content and for users to pause to think before making the next click.
I need to remake a long course (it's very long) because the user interface underwent a significant change. It use to be blue and is now green. If I plan to use SL screen recording:
- Will I lose image quality?
- How long/short should a screen cast be? Two minutes? 5 minutes? 10?
- Since the overall process is long, are there any tips for lining up subsequent screen recordings so that it appears to be a single recording?
- I'd be using "try" modem but without any text overlays (unless I want to add them later). Can that be done using layers, or would it be slide after slide? When using screen shots, I'm able to use layers and hot spots very effectively.
As much as I'd like to break the process down into a series of shorter modules, the process from end to end is done all at once. It takes the new user about an hour to get through it, hence the length of the course. I'm trying to talk myself into using the screen recording function this time around.
Any tips would be greatly appreciated!