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Scott Hanselman: Developer Productivity Tools Video Part 4

August 4, '06 Comments [6] Posted in Programming | TechEd | Tools
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Scottvideo4When I was at TechEd I visited the Beantown.net INETA User Group and gave a (fairly ad-hoc) talk on Developer Productivity Tools. Jim Minatel loaned me his microphone and a copy of Camtasia and we recorded the talk. Thanks Jim!

It was a great crowd, a lot of fun. We had a number of "off the cuff" discussions about random stuff so I hope it doesn't take away from the gist of the talk.

The complete presentation was around 1 hour 45 minutes, so for online, Jim has split it into 4 segments. This week's final segment is #4 and is available now and is about 30 minutes long. If you watch it in your browser, I recommend you double click on Windows Media Player to make the video go full screen. You can also download the full video.

This episode covers mostly CodeRush and a number of questions are answered from the audience.

Here's a few notes about the video quality from Jim:

1. Why can't I fast forward or skip ahead through the video while it's streaming? Answer: We're running these off of a standard IIS server, not a Windows Media Server. IIS supports streaming, but not indexed playback during streaming to allow skipping ahead. If you want to do that, just download the whole video and all of the forwarding and timeline controls will be available in Windows Media Player.

2. Why isn't the video quality better? Is Camtasia to blame? No, Camtasia rocks. The raw videos I'm getting in Camtasia format are 100% clear, as if you were looking right at the presenter's monitor. The problem I've discovered is with the Windows Media Encoder. It just isn't well suited to on-screen presentation videos like this. The blurring and color blotching seems worst in Scott Hanselman's videos and I think I know why. When I watch the raw presentation, he's flying back and forth between open windows, background tools that pop up, and his desktop. It's just faster switching between very varied images than the encoder can seem to keep up with. I've twidled all the settings and got the best I can for now without doubling or tripling the file sizes. The other option would be to post an alternate version in Camtasia format and a link to download their playback codec [Scott: or a large FLV]. Because WMV is universal for my .NET developer audience, that has to be my common choice though.

There's also some other good screencasts up at Wrox. The growing list of videos is available at wrox.com. The first few videos in the series are:

If you want to download the files directly, do a SAVE AS on these links:

We'll be re-releasing them soon as reencoded high-quality Flash very soon, as well as one uber-large 2 hour Flash Video. I hope you enjoy them.

About Scott

Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. I am a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Saturday, August 05, 2006 8:06:11 AM UTC
Great video, Scott! Thanks!
Andrej Gaevskij
Saturday, August 05, 2006 9:44:34 PM UTC
It's official... Scott H is faster than Camtasia! ;)

The first three were great. Will hit #4 later.
Jack Dolby
Saturday, August 05, 2006 9:48:14 PM UTC
oops.... I meant Windows Media Encoder...
Jack Dolby
Tuesday, August 08, 2006 4:45:08 PM UTC
Excellent!

I've got a productivity request. I'm big on the shortcut keys also and one things I have always wanted was some quick keys when editing HTML in Visual Studio.

What if.....there was a key for "next sibling" | "next child" | etc...
Often I want to change something on every "tr" in my source, I would love to make a quick change then quick key to that elements sibling. When I'm developing a page for the first time..I know the entire structure of my document and would love to quickly browse from element to element.. I guess I'm leaving this comment to ask if you have seen such a utility (or if it is hidden somewhere in VS).

Regardless...great videos.
Wednesday, August 09, 2006 10:30:21 PM UTC
Just a thought on the video format. You mentioned you need larger files to get better quality. Bit Torrent would be a great solution for this. Offer smaller and larger sizes, but put the larger files on BitTorrent.

>rantOn<Also, in my never ending quest to make the internet more meaningful, can I suggest you use a date format for your posting comments that is readable world wide? mm/dd/yyyy and dd/mm/yyyy are ambiguous for 132 days per year, or about 36% of the year. I even heard you talk about this issue in one of your HanselMinutes Podcasts. It is great that you use a meaningful date format for your postings, which is better than www.dotnetrocks.com can manage. Interestingly, I notice that the time is specified to the second, and even has the time zone, but I wonder what use this is when the reader is unsure of the date? I know, you will be using a 3rd party tool for your web site, and this stuff is probably pre-set up this way. I just hope you can change a setting to fix it.>/rantOff<

Other than this, you provide excelent quality info, and your podcast is the top of my list for tech podcasts.
MadBison
Thursday, August 10, 2006 5:11:43 PM UTC
MadBison, would you prefer

[System.DateTime]::NOW.ToString("U")
Thursday, August 10, 2006 5:12:34 PM

or

[System.DateTime]::NOW.ToString("u")
2006-08-10 10:12:39Z
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