Just been trying out two new tools to generate screencasts and; video interviews. Both free web based tools - no need to install. Just register and go.
The first I had a play with is Screentoaster.com . Free & simple to use. An alternative is www.screenr.com - also free, but needs a twitter account to sign up with!
My screentoasted effort was upload to Youtube, which took about 45 mins! That allows you to share it & use an embed code to add it to a VLE or a blog. N.B. Screentoaster needs a JAVA VM install , and id not work with Google Chrome?
The second tool I experimented with is http://wetoku.com/, this allows you to record/interview someone, live! Use a webcam + headset. The results are very good. You could use it for assessing learning, discussions, recording ideas & conversations. An alternative to Skype, as it requires no dload of softwarezz.
The Vid below is a quick test we conducted in the office. Much fun. I used a farily expensive Logitech webcam, but it's quality is overshadowed by Jane's inbuilt webcam on her Apple mac book thingy. So, you could interview someone & post the conversation on a blog like this :OD. Simples. We love Web 2.0
Find more of these types of tools on my rapid e-learning wiki page: