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James is a big data and data warehousing technology specialist at Microsoft. He is a thought leader in the use and application of Big Data technologies, including MPP solutions involving hybrid technologies of relational data, Hadoop, and private and public cloud. Previously he was an independent consultant working as a Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence architect and developer. He is a prior SQL Server MVP with over 30 years of IT experience. James is a popular blogger (JamesSerra.com) and speaker, having presented at dozens of PASS events including the PASS Business Analytics conference and the PASS Summit. He is the author of the book “Reporting with Microsoft SQL Server 2012”. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

Create video presentations

I recorded my first video presentation and demo using the screen recording and video editing software called Camtasia Studio for Windows.

It’s a great product that makes it easy to create videos that includes demos.  They also have a nice list of tutorials.

They offer a fully functional 30-day trial.  Here are my favorite features:

  • Automatically zooms and pans
  • Can have video of yourself
  • Records your screen
  • Formats for YouTube
  • Adjusts from your screens resolution to the videos
  • Easily edit out parts you don’t want
  • Makes sounds louder and evens it out
  • Can add pop-up words afterwards (callouts)
  • Can pause recording, or save and come back later

You want to use a good microphone, and what I found works real well is Scosche Increased Dynamic Range Noise-Isolation Earphones with tapLINE II Remote and Mic.

You may want to make a few setting changes on your PC for improved recording: Go to Sound -> Recording -> Properties -> Levels -> FrontMic (100) and Microphone Boost (+20).  Also check the boxes for Noise Suppression and Acoustic Echo Cancellation.

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