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Writing a Remote SVS Administration Console, Part 1

Created: 28 May 2008 • Updated: 08 Feb 2013 | 7 comments
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This is part one of a two part series that will teach you how to create your own SVS Remote tool. (See part two here.) This 15-minute video teaches you how to create the user interface using Visual Studio 2005. The next video will show you the code behind the scenes that makes it all work.

Referenced in the video is this download that is used. It is a modified version of Jordan's original work. Enjoy!

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Very cool Screenbert.

What app were you using to record your desktop? Seeing this video makes me want see if I can whip up a video or two on the SVS SDK.

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I used Microsoft Encoder, it's free but hard to get set correct so the file's are HUGE. I've been told Camtasia is better. The juicemaster changed it into the web format you see there instead of a WMV file, probably for space reasons.

I also posted some videos last year using it. I'd recommend that you still write up script for anything that you do. I've found the easist way to do it is write your outline and actually record your video, then go back and listen to it and write up your script. That way you are more fluent in the video. It's harder to do when you are coding.

I really wish this functionality was available from the real-time console.

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File size doesn't worry me I've got Vegas so I can easily encode whatever I record into something more manageable, I was just looking for something that's free to record desktop stuff with since all I've heard about costs money or they place a watermark on what you just recorded.

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We're uploading the videos to blip.tv and embedding them in the Juice pages.

I like blip.tv because: the resolution is better than that offered by YouTube, they have a full-screen option, and you can upload video files as large as 1GB (YouTube's upload limit is 10MB).

blip.tv, like YouTube, converts the video files to flash so users don't need Windows Media Player to view them.

JM

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Camtasia is a wonderful piece of software to record your screen as videos. It has several options so save in AVI, with their own proprietary codec called TSCC, or even SWF. It has even DUBBING software, where you can add voice later. Their codex usually reduces the file size by 1/10th of the original. But this software is NOT free.

The other FREE alternative will be from http://camstudio.org/ called CAMSTUDIO, with the same look and feel of Camtasia.

Some tips to reduce the file size & still retain a good quality video for web:
1. Reduce your screen resolution
2. Reduce your color quality to the lowest as possible.
3. Remove / disable audio capturing
4. If audio is a must, then go with lowest resolution mono.
5. Be well prepared to shoot the sequence with out any delay.
6. Use trimming tool to remove unwanted portions of the video
These small tips will help you in getting the smallest file size with a high quality web video.

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Leonardo Rava's picture

I'm Using WINK (opensource software that is similar to camtasia) for creating SWF, EXE Projector about video capturing.

Limited compared to commercial application but for small video is very interesting.

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erikw's picture

Cool video's screenbert.
Today we launched the first beta version of our console that gives you the oppertunity to manage all layers, local software and services on all computers inside your lan.
The coolest thing is that you can remote import a layer to a bunch of pc's at once from a UNC repository.
The console will go into beta 2 the 4th of August, and i'm seeking beta testers now.
Find out more on my website or follow the link:
http://juice.altiris.com/forum/4862/svs-management...

Regards
Erik
www.dvs4sbc.nl

Regards Erik www.DinamiQs.com Dinamiqs is the home of VirtualStorm (www.virtualstorm.org)

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