What is Screencasting? Why is it a good idea?
The adage a picture is worth a thousand words is never more true than when explaining how to accomplish something, be it learning a software package or perform a task. Visuals work and when supported with clear narration and paperwork the message you present becomes straightforward.
So what is a screencast?
Simply it's a short video showing the task that has added graphics where required and that clear narration I spoke of earlier. The video could be hosted on any Youtube type site or be part of your own website.
Why is it a good idea?
A screencast is not long nor dose it deal with many tasks it's essence is to be direct and brief, telling you what you need to know when you need to know it. The fuller story can be told with a number of screencasts set out as chapter.