I’ve worked with video production minimally in the past, so I wasn’t too intimidated by this project. I decided to use Windows Live Movie Maker as I use a PC and, while I do think that iMovie tends to have more professional-grade features (in my opinion), I knew WLMM would be more intuitive and convenient for me as a PC and Windows user.
Overall, I found screencasting itself to be pretty easy and actually quite fun after a little trial and error. My favorite challenge from this assignment was using Screencast-O-Matic in an engaging and visually appealing way while looking at the two portfolios I examined; being able to simply showcase two portfolio sites while keeping it interesting proved to be very satisfying. Admittedly, my least favorite challenge from the assignment was trying to find a good pace of speech for my voice-over, as I found myself doing multiple takes in order to get my narration to a place that I liked.
I think video editing and screencasting skills can definitely come in handy in order to showcase visual media skills, which I think are becoming more and more valued in the workplace. Anyone working with media or communication in particular can certainly utilize these skills and software, since they exemplify certain creative and digital competencies that are valued in these fields and industries. Creatively, I think video media content such as tutorials, commentaries, and reviews can definitely benefit from screencasting software, and this project has piqued my interest to maybe try it out myself.