This will be my first tool review as part of Jane Hart’s 10 Tool Challenge. This tool is called Sizer.
Very simply, Sizer resizes a computer window to the dimensions that you previously specify. This is important if you are doing screencasts or screen captures, and you want all windows to be the same size.
Yesterday, I wrote a little bit about the importance of setting your screen for 16:9 dimensions. 16:9 is the video size that YouTube prefers.
Sizer is a Windows program and can be downloaded from http://www.brianapps.net/sizer/. Once you install the program and run it, it will sit in your toolbar.
If you have specific screen sizes that you wish to use, you will want to configure those dimensions into Sizer before using it. Adding dimensions is pretty straight forward, here are the steps.
1. Right click on the Sizer icon in the tool bar.
2. Select Configure Sizer…
3. Click on the Add button, select the new configuration and edit its parameters.
In this example, I will set the window to 200X300.
You have a number of options to set, and the Sizer User Guide can better explain the settings.
4. Once new configuration has been added, close the window by selecting the OK button.
You are now ready to use Sizer. If you want to set a screen size for screencasting, you will want to create a dimension for 960X540.
Sizer is tremendously easy to use. First, it must be running, and this can be verified by an icon in the tool bar. Here are the steps:
1. Open a program, and right click on the lower right corner of the program when the cursor changes to a double arrow. Basically, you are in a condition to resize your window manually.
2. Select your desired dimensions.
The window will now resize to the dimensions that you have chosen, and you can begin your screencast or image capture. Important note: the program itself must allow for the specific dimensions. In the example above, the program Skitch will not allow for resizing to 200X300.
If you are looking for consistency, this is a nice program to add to your arsenal. Does anyone know about a good resizing tool for Macs?
This tool will do wonders for my screencasting in the future. I hope it is useful for you.
Over the past couple of days, I finished reading a a series of booklets from Partha Bhattacharya, founder of HubSkills. This series included:
- Step-by-Step Guide To Start E-Learning Website In WordPress With Free Tools
- How To Boost YouTube Video Views Dramatically With Free Tools
- Create Amazing Clip Art Animation Video In PowerPoint
- How to Create Crisp-n-Clear Training Video In Simple Steps
Bhattacharya provides a lot of great tips through this series. Here are some of the takeaways I had regarding creating better training videos for YouTube:
1. Create all elements with a 16:9 setting. For example, when creating a screencast, set the window size to 960X540 pixels. Bhattacharya recommends a great little tool called Sizer to do this.You can pick up Sizer at http://www.brianapps.net/sizer/. This tip was certainly worth picking up his book.
2. The next great piece of advice was to record PowerPoint presentations at 16:9. Here is a short video for doing that:
When all elements are set to 16:9, they can be packaged together in a more professional manner. I will certainly be following his advice for my upcoming productions.