Screencast: Comparing Websites

In today’s video, I made a screencast that showcased two different websites similar to Jersey Alternative. Viewers can see their similarities and differences, and strengths and weaknesses. By making a screencast with video that shows what I’m looking at on my own computer, accompanied by narration, it lets viewers follow along better than if I had only text with still images. By critiquing these sites, it also allows people who want to delve deeper into the alternative music scene to do so, by reading articles, watching videos, and listening to podcasts on topics that this website might not cover.
I knew of several sites that I could look at for the screencast, since I already visited most of them from time to time. I decided to use and Alternative Press. They are both well-established websites that have a dedicated following. As I navigated through each site, I noted things like the design including layout and widgets, the types of articles, multimedia content like podcasts and videos, and anything else that stuck out to me. After that, I wrote a script that included my thoughts about each site so I knew all the points I would cover once I started recording.
I made the video using the free app Screencast-O-Matic. Once I downloaded it, it was simple and easy to figure out how to use. I initially recorded my screencast in one take. Although I had written a script, I didn’t want to read from it directly and sound unnatural. Instead, I glanced at the script during the recording process and paraphrased a lot of it and improvised the rest. Once I was finished, I encountered a few technical issues. I tried to upload directly to YouTube several times but kept getting error messages that prevented the video from uploading completely. I then tried saving the video to my computer and then upload it myself through YouTube. Although the Screencast-O-Matic app said it saved the video file, I realized that it had saved it as an encoded text file that actually deleted itself. At that point, I had no other option than to record the screencast over again. I rerecorded it in basically the same way, and was able to successfully save the video file to my computer which I then uploaded to YouTube. If there’s any lesson to be learned from this, it’s that you should always leave extra time and be prepared for curveballs in your projects!


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