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I recently picked up the RubyCasts project again after a 6 month hiatus (I got distracted over the summer), and was wondering if I might be doing something wrong with the video format.

First, is the full screen recording a good idea? I’m trying to go for a “we’re building a real world project here” feel that I’ve found most screencasts lack. Is it distracting?

Second, I do these almost entirely unscripted. I’ll have a set of notes on my second monitor, but that’s more of a “make sure you do this and not that, explain this that way” type then, not so much a word-for-word script. Does it show? Or does it just add to the real world project feel?

Lastly, is there a better place to host these things than YouTube? I’m kind of sick of them and how they insist upon the lowest resolution it can find for it, the videos really need to be played in 480p at the least, not the 360 YouTube offers as the default. I looked into Vimeo, but they don’t like what my video editor spits out. Anyone else out there?



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    Interesting stuff. I’m new to Ruby and Rails and find videos helpful, so nice work.

    First, the full screen is a bit too much to take in visually. I would zoom in more, as this could help with video quality issues. Second, I don’t the unscripted nature is bad. Yes, you can tell when you see a more finished, polished move (cuts, transitions) as seen on Treehouse, but that doesn’t appear to be what you’re going for. I think the quick, natural nature of your videos work fine.

    One content suggestion, as noob I’m looking for content that’s one step above Rails 101. There are too many options when it comes to tutorials on building that first app with scaffold. I need the Rails 102 (or 201?) class. -How do I start with TDD and Test:Unit? -How do I build advanced associations/relationships between my models? -How do I create views that are not explicitly created by scaffold, but aren’t necessarily static?

    Good luck!

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      Thanks! OK, I’ll look into doing a part of my screen instead. If I can get my act together, I’m doing MiniTest (the Test:Unit replacement in rails 4) next episode.

      And I’ll be rebuilding this app, but using some more TDD focus. I didn’t even talk about tests in this episode.

      The focus on this is to eventually bring it to a full blown blogging platform using things like Omniauth, CanCan, paperclip for image uploads, etc. AKA, it will be something I’ll use to replace my octopress based blog, assuming I’m able to complete everything.