After my comment in a recent post, that if I had to limit myself to just one device, I would choose my smartphone – I decided to create courses for my smartphone.
The starting point was that a smartphone was not really a phone but indeed a portable personal computer, that can also take photos.
When I started planning for these courses, I soon discovered just how difficult it was to videotape a smartphone screen successfully!
If the focus is not spot on, then the text on the Lumia screen becomes blurry. Add to that reflections on the Lumia screen and that my head accidentally getting in the way of the camcorder.
Fortunately, I found a better way. Microsoft has created a marvelous desktop program: Project My Screen. This program allows one to mirror what is on the Lumia screen on the desktop screen.
As the photo shows, the Lumia is plugged into the desktop USB port and its screen is mirrored on the desktop monitor.
Not only that, I can operate the Lumia normally using my finger and the desktop monitor follows. Also, I can use the desktop mouse on the monitor and the Lumia follows!
Now I can use my regular screen capture program (Camtasia) on the desktop to record the course videos—the result is clear text, no reflections and my head never getting into the video.
It is still a lot of work but it does open all kinds of possibilities as I believe smartphones will play an increasingly important role in every day business and play.
So far I have developed two courses:
The first is an introductory course intended to give a sense of what is possible, while the second course covers a rather specific application for smartphones.
The thing that amazed me most was what could be achieved with the Lumia 830. A few years back it was an “affordable flagship” but by current standards it is more an entry-level phone.