30-second video tips on YouTube

If you didn’t want to log into Facebook to see the video tips, they’re now on YouTube. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think! Here are a couple of examples; the rest are on the Office Online channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/OfficeOnlineVideos    For articles about using visuals effectively and other topics, free…


Learn by watching 30-second video tips on Facebook

Part animated comic strip, part screencast, these short videos are designed to help you learn Visio 2010. What do you think about this strategy and the videos themselves? Visio video page on Facebook:http://bit.ly/VisioFBVideo If you use Visio, you can download the beta from http://www.microsoft.com/office/2010/en/visio/download.aspx. For articles about using visuals effectively and other topics, free downloads,…


Clarity Episode 4: Website map in exchange for information

A chance encounter at a coffee shop leads Clarity to a new case and a possible lead for information. Watch how Visio tames the client’s website through an easy-to-use wizard that pulls information directly from the site. Will we find out what people around town are saying about Clarity?     – Eric S.


Clarity Episode 3: Network diagrams are no sweat

A nervous client with a tight deadline needs to document his network, fast. Harrison Clarity applies his Visio skills to create a network diagram quickly and easily.     – Eric S.


Podcast: Creating screencasts as a narrative series

  What’s the best way to create a screencast that teaches people how to do something? Well, we don’t know the answer to that. Instead, we talk about one particular series that includes “how-to” screencasts as part of a dramatic narrative. The intent behind this approach is to get people who ordinarily wouldn’t watch training…


Podcast: Deconstructing a new video series – what works and what doesn’t?

This episode captures a meeting where two writers and their manager deconstruct their new video series called Top Templates (edited for time – who wants to sit through a whole meeting?). Take a few minutes and watch some episodes of the show so you know what they’re referring to; they’re shorter than two minutes each…


TC4D: Make Better Videos with Less Rework by Using Storyboards

Storyboards help you plan your video shot by shot. That way, you can make sure your video is at least as interesting as the audio, and you have a list of all the most important shots. If you just make a text-only script, it can be easy to overlook sections where visuals would be a…


Podcast: Video in Social Media

Video has become an integral part of social media. Especially for younger people who are growing up with it, in some cases it’s easier to talk into the camera on the computer and upload it to Facebook, where all their friends will see it, than to write something out. What effect does this have on…


TC4D: Guiding viewers through complex information

Complex information is usually easier to understand when it’s presented in a graphic format, such as a process flowchart or workflow diagram. But even those can be confusing at first glance, and look more complicated than they actually are. Well, here’s a way to make it easier for your audience to digest that kind of…


Podcast: Leading visual content teams

Where does Jonathan want to take content for the visual tools PowerPoint, Office Graphics, and Visio in the future? Listen to the episodeDuration: 14:23Size: 9.88 MB Harry and Jonathan talk about trends in Web video, what Office is doing, and why it’s important to teach soft skills and not just features. For more articles, free…