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Simple Tutorials and Presentations

Making the Movie with Snapz and Amadeus II By Ko Maruyama
While there are many applications on the market to help you create a presentation movie, tutorial or animation, occasionally those pieces of software are either too expensive or have a learning curve that is too steep to quickly create a small, easy-to-distribute file.  In this tutorial, I'll show you how to format a QuickTime capture for simple delivery using Snapz, Amadeus II and QuickTime Pro.

Although many people rely on Windows PowerPoint, Apple's Keynote or other authoring software to create and deliver their presentations, the production those animations is sometimes more complex than the content explained therein.  This tutorial will quickly go through four simple steps that may simplify the process for you.

While you'll need to purchase software, the software used in this tutorial can be used for many, many more tasks than the features outlined here.  The first piece of software I use is Snapz, a little application you'll find already installed on your Mac; that one's free.  The other software I use for audio is HairerSoft's Amadeus II; it'll run you about $30US, but it's worth it, and any that uses audio will quickly find 101 uses for it.  The last bit of software I use is Apple's QuickTime Pro; it's another $30US ($29.99<why>).  QuickTime Pro is probably something you already own.  If you don't have it, why not?  Check the Apple website for their Top Ten Reasons to Go Pro. <http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/>

1. Capture/Create Video : AMBROSIA SNAPZ v.1.0

Most of the tutorials I produce focus on computer or application operation.  I've found that the best way to capture screen images and movies is with the free application from Ambrosia Software called Snapz 1.0.  Snapz is a program that came pre-installed with your Mac.  You can upgrade to Snapz 2.0.1 for $20, but I can't see any added value in the upgrade unless you want to capture sound from the files you're playing on-screen (like capturing DVD assets and audio).

You can use any utility that you want, or create QuickTime content using an application such as Adobe After Effects.

Here, I've captured some Photoshop scribbles with Snapz.

If you haven't created, or captured a perfect presentation on the first attempt, you may want to edit some parts out, or insert corrections into your movie.  You don't need an expensive NLE to make your changes, Apple's QuickTime Pro can get the job done quickly and easily.

Some people use the audio feature found in Snapz.  In the free version, Snapz has a feature to capture microphone audio with your movie.  While it's good for reference, it doesn't give you much control in order to edit the audio.  That's why I utilize Hairersoft's Amadeus II.

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