Christian Heilmann

Lightning talk: Five tools to create visuals for presentations

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 at 5:56 pm

I am currently in Toronto, Canada at a work-week of the websites and developer engagement team in Mozilla. We’re organising a lot of things, plan and also share. In the lightning talk round I got up to share five tools I use to create visuals for presentations.
The tool guitar

The screencast is available on YouTube.

The tools in detail are:

  • LiceCap is a very simple tool to create animated GIFs from parts of the screen simply by selecting it and hitting a record button.
  • Showterm is a recording tool for the command line
  • YouTube Download is a script to download YouTube videos on the command line. This can be used to download creative commons videos for editing later. There are quite a few Browser add-ons available, that do the same but these are more dodgy as many of them inject ads into the YouTube page.
  • Miro Converter is a video converter allowing you to create videos optimised for several platforms and devices
  • MPEG Streamclip is a simple video editing tool.
  • Droid@Screen allows you to connect an Android phone via USB and show it on screen or take screencasts of it. It is good to show things but bad for showing performance as it is low-FPS.

These are just a few tools that make my life easier, all of them are free to use, so hopefully they are useful for you, too.

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