Just playing around with a video capture program this moring, so I made
its maiden voyage with quickie "Sketchup Mattress Tutorial" VIDEO for
Like I say, it's a quickie by a noob with the software, and bit
different from the other one, but it may get across the point that there
is more than one way to skin a cat in SketchUp.
Youtube was kind enough to ask me what else you posted. Hence I got to
see part deux.
That's pretty impressive there brother Karl. *S* Can it output to a
large format printer as well? If so, how big will it go at what
Danke ... I asked Dave Richards at FWW's "Design, Click, Build" blog
what he was using as video screen capture software, and he was kind
enough to reply back with "Snagit":
I'm just giving it a trial run. Not much of a learning curve and simple
to operate. It does allow configurable printer options, but I haven't
delved into that yet.
I've been using in on my little Dell XPS10 laptop with the built-in mic,
not a single hiccup (other than operator error) thus far.
I'm trying to determine what blending of technologies is going to fit in
well with the new website we're designing for the the home and kitchen
These is all guinea pig fodder ... I kinda feel like the old days when I
was playing bass live in the control room, while recording 7 pieces on
the other side of the glass, and being engineer and producer at the same
Something's gotta suffer ...
Video, and the way it interleaves the audio is what did it for me ...
you can waste way more than $50 in time getting the audio and video
synched and working correctly, and then the next time it's the same
battle again, ad infinitum.
On Mon, 04 Jan 2010 08:29:13 -0600, the infamous Swingman
Wow, my first 2-minute look at their website didn't relay that info to
me. Looking more closely, it's a helluva program, with annotation,
image resizing, effects, audio/video capture, etc. I'da thunk they'd
want to have played up the audiovisual studio aspect of the program.
It looks handy, like something I'll have to get and put on the new
box. Do they want you to buy a new version every 6 months?
P.S: Best of all, you can use it "to put your friend's face on
someone else's body." ;)
Society is produced by our wants and government by our wickedness.
I haven't used Windows capture so I can't answer that question. But
for Snagit I'd say it's easily worth $50 if I was to base my usage of
it on price. With Snagit, one can capture fixed regions, scrolling
regions (for a window that you'd normally have to scroll down to see
all of it), windows, active windows and much more. You can output to
about a dozen different file types. You can change resolutions, edit
colours and more. It even comes with a built in instruction guide
which is reasonably comprehensive.
I've got a Snagit shortcut locked onto my task bar for instant use
when I want to capture something. Out of all the utility programs I
use, I'd say that Snagit is near the top when it comes to usefulness.
I'd guess that I use it several times every day. I also find it
extremely useful when backing up settings such as capturing all the
steps to setting up my Internet connections. A dozen captures or so,
add them all to a pdf file and put that somewhere safe. A picture show
gives so much more information than a simple text instruction guide.
Looks good Karl. Really easy to understand. And the announcer has a
charming sourthern accent. Ne need to hire another.
The different perspectives of the kitchen was really compelling and would
impress many folks. From a pure marketing perspective, this would be
something to emphasize. Any way you can do a little show and tell with the
technical wizardy of Skeptchup, you should do it. Things that come to mind
1. Let people know that you can download a "show and tell" presentation onto
their own computer. If you can make an independent presentation, it can do
all kinds of warm and fuzzy interaction with the client without you being
there. And they can run around and do some show and tell on behalf of your
company. Alway include contact info on your presentations.
2. Emphasize customability and personalization. Does the missus like to
bake? Does the family need a freezer nearby? Another sink? Is anybody real
short or tall? Liquor and/or wine storage/display. Small children. Etc.
And then create the best of options presentation. Do some variations that
really off the customization.
Remember, when people make money decisions, they like to make choices. They
don't like to be railroaded into one option. Give them choices. Even if you
know what they are going to do ahead of time, they will appreciate it that
you gave them some choices. Part of that "gentle hand" marketing.
3. I like the narration. It adds to the presentation and allows you to say
things that may not be apparent to the layperson. Keep it simple and homey.
That puts folks at ease. They don't want to buy from a high pressure
salesman. Nor do most people trust "marketing speak".
4. Create a reference library. Some folks really like to do their homework.
If you have a number of presentations all ready to go, that goes a long way
towards make folks comfortable about talking to you and asking you to draw
something up for them.
This is different than references, photos or a resume. This show you in a
thinking, designing, customization capacity. High tech tools, yet simple
enough that they can be displayed easily and understood by almost anyone.
You can't go wrong with that approach. Particularly since you have all the
other traditional things to back this sort of thing up.
5 Create some kind of initial response form. Keep it simple. Make it easy
for people to get a hold of you. Leave it open to what specifically you can
do. (You are versatile. You can do anything, right?)
6. Create a suggestions form and procedure. You want to hear all their
ideas. This created talking points for you in your preseentation. You can
include and/or exclude specific suggestions and give reasons why. By
intercting directly with their suggestions, you are responding specically to
their concerns. People like that.
7. Sketchup is a tool that is very accessable. Big buck CAD programs could
not do what you are doing with this, particlarly in terms of making it
simple for the customer. Make this a selling point. "We don't wanna pay
the big bucks and spend all that time on the traditional approaches. So we
use sketchup. " This is contemporary, low cost tool that allow a high level
of creativity and service. And you are doing it.
That's all I can come up with off the top of my head.
Gotta run. Keep up the good work Karl.
Lee, mon ami ... can't tell you how much I appreciate your above input!
It is being printed and will come with me to the meeting in Austin later
this week where we are discussing these very same issues.
Thank you VERY much for taking the time and effort to respond in such a
valuable manner, really crystallized many of the thoughts I hadn't put
into words yet ... I owe you one/two/or more, Bubba! :)
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