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TwitCam: Live Video for Twitter

TwitCam (http://www.twitcam.com) is a new free service that allows you to stream live video to your Twitter followers. You must have a Twitter account to use TwitCam.

TwitCam posts a video description and link for your Twitter followers to find your video. When you are broadcasting from your camera, you can chat with your Twitter followers directly from the broadcast page. You can also record an archive of the broadcast.

Although this is intended for live broadcast to an audience, it could also be used to create a promotional or informational video that you want others to view asynchronously.

At the moment the service has a lot of test videos as examples. It will be interesting to see the videos that are created as the service grows!

Create Short Tutorials Easily for Free with Jing

Have you tried Camtasia or Captivate and found them too difficult to use? If so, you may wish to look at a free tool called Jing. Jing was created by the same company that makes Camtasia and SnagIt.

With Jing, you can create a “screencast” video showing anything on your computer. The Jing website describes the process this way, “Select a window or region and Jing will record a video of everything that appears in that area. Point to things with your mouse, scroll, flip through photos, click around in a website or application…Jing captures it all.”

You can add audio as well as capturing anything you would like to show on your computer. The screencasts are in Flash format, so viewers can see the screencast directly from Flash enabled browers.

The company recently released a new version called Jing Pro, which costs $14.95 a year. Jing Pro has the added advantage of uploading your screencasts directly to YouTube.

For more information, see the Jing website at http://www.jingproject.com. Jing is very easy to use, but the website also has tutorials available for getting started quickly: see http://help.jingproject.com/get-started/.

If you try Jing, please comment here on your experiences. If you used Jing successfully to build a screencast, please post a link to it!