The future of screencasting

I've been following Raymond Kristiansen's Don't Lose the Question (DLTQ) blog for sometime. He's an interesting guy: a media experimenter extraordinaire. You might know Raymond from the BBC news story in September leading up to the Norwegian elections where he was featured as an example of a new generation of video bloggers in the sphere of politics.

For a couple of weeks now we've been discussing how screencasting as a medium has huge potential.

We decided to record our Skype call this time (mp3, 18mb), where we explored the possible future of screencasting, in particluar the potential through the sharing of the content source files, allowing the remixing of screencasts. For example, I could edit a snippet of one of Raymond's screencasts I wanted to run with and I could add my own work to create something new. Again, I would provide the source files for others to run with an mash up (Betsy, how do we do this?). This would also allow translations of the voiceovers by the community so the work could be enjoyed by non-english speaking viewers too - especially useful for the more educational-type screencasts.

There is something of a new artform emerging in these screencasts. Certainly, I consider Jon Udell's screencast work as art.

Update: Raymond and I went ahead an tried some of the theory out in practice


Comments (5)

  1. Screencasts work. I have used them to demo products and to do short stories. My question: "What do you see emerging from screencasts? What do you see as their potential?"

  2. MSDNArchive says:

    I’m glad you asked. See here:

    Collaborative Screencasting. More to write…

  3. Hi Alex,

    I really enjoyed your podcast about screen casting I was interested to hear you say that you thought the software should cost less than £50.

    I am currently working at Blueberry Software as part of a student placement (although I am commenting as a person not a company representative).  Did you know we do a version of Flashback called Flashback Express that costs only £20?  

    For this money you get all the recording power of Flashback but you don’t get all the editing features.  For a feature comparison you can see this at  The express version despite not containing all the editing tools is still pretty useful and contains  export to AVI and flash.

    If you have any suggestions or queries about Flashback or Flashback express please don’t hesitate to contact me at richard [dot] makepeace [at]

  4. MSDNArchive says:

    thanks Richard, will check it out.

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