Add Jing Videos to Your Training Arsenal10 Oct, 2012 By: Robert Green
"Show, don't tell" is good advice for writers — and for CAD managers as well.
There’s an old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. If that's the case, how much is a video worth? If you're explaining a concept to users or having them send you software error reports, you'll quickly see that a video is worth a million words!
You may have already become a fan of Jing, a free video-sharing utility from TechSmith, since I first wrote about it a few years ago. If not, it's worth another look; Jing is now a downloadable utility, and it has even more features than in the past.
If you’re like most CAD managers, you find it easiest to talk through a problem or demonstrate concepts by giving a live demonstration. Jing allows you to capture your demonstrations on video, then send them to users via e-mail links. These clips are also a wonderful way for users in remote offices to show you the problems they experience on their machines.
Using the free Jing tool, you can create short video segments that are perfect for distributing quick tips, tricks, and best practices to your CAD users.
Jing is so simple to use that anyone can make a screen-capture video. Simply download Jing, plug in your headset microphone, and you’ll be making short video clips in no time.
Note that video length is capped at five minutes, and the ability to edit and publish are limited. If you need to record longer segments or publish to other formats, check out Jing’s big brother, Camtasia.
If you’ve been hesitant to create your own training tip videos, you should give Jing a try and realize how powerful the video format can be. Once you try it, you’ll be hooked! Why should you struggle with writing up a complex procedure when you can simply show people instead?
Do you have a question or tip for the CAD Manager’s Newsletter? Send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If I use your tip in the newsletter you’ll receive a cool Cadalyst prize!
In her easy-to-follow, friendly style, long-time Cadalyst contributing editor Lynn Allen guides you through a new feature or time-saving trick in every episode of her popular AutoCAD Video Tips. Subscribe to the free Cadalyst Video Picks newsletter, and we'll notify you every time a new video tip is published. All exclusively from Cadalyst!