Recording Topics manually and automatically

When you are recording UPK topics, the default mode for recording is manual recording, where you tell the system when to record each screen shot. This mode allows you to take the exact screen shot you need. However, it does get a bit tedious when you are recording long topics, especially if you forget to take a few screen shots. In UPK 3.5, a new version of recording was introduced - Automatic Recording. It was designed to simplify the recording process by automatically capturing screen shots as you perform your transaction. If you haven't experimented with Automatic Recording, I'd recommend you give it a try - it might make your recording life easier. If you are recording with sound, you can also narrate your topic while recording it.

To turn on Automatic Recording:

1. In Tools/Options, there are two recorder tabs. The first tab, under content defaults, includes settings that you may want to share between developers, like whether keyboard shortcuts are automatically captured.
2. The second tab is the one that contains the personal preferences, like screen shot capture key and whether to record automatically or manually. On this tab, choose the option for Automatic Recording.
3. Save the settings. Note that this setting will NOT impact content defaults; this is for your user only.

When you launch the recorder, you will notice a slightly different message with guidance on how to start and stop automatic recording. Once you start recording, the recorder window is hidden until the end of the recording session to allow you to capture your transaction. In the task tray, there is a series of icons that let you know that you are capturing content. You can pause the recording, as well as set and view your sound levels if you are using sound. A camera appears during each screen capture to help you know when the system is capturing a screen shot, and a context indicator appears to show the recognition.

With automatic recording, you can let the system capture the necessary screen shots. It may provide a more natural recording experience, and is probably easier for the untrained developer. On the other hand, you have a bit more control with manual recording on which screen shot appears, but it also means you have to remember to capture the screen shot. :)

We'd be interested in hearing which type of recording you do, and any rationale on why you made that choice. Please comment and let us know.
--Maria Cozzolino, Manager of UPK Software Requirements and UI Design

Comments:

I tried automatic recording and I'll never go back to manual. It's so much easier to step through a process without having to worry about missing a shot. It's true that I capture a lot of extra frames, but no big deal -- I just go through the topic and delete what I don't want to keep. Now I see that I can pause automatic recording while I set up a shot. This is great. I'll record fewer extra frames in the future. I always autohide my task bar when recording so I never knew about the icons in the task tray. Maybe in a future release those icons can float invisibly over the screen for easier access.

Posted by User60425 on March 06, 2011 at 07:15 AM PST #

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