We read recently that National Semiconductor bought 15,000 Video iPods so their employees could watch training videos wherever they went. (That must have been some sales order.) So if you want to make some training videos (think students as well as workers), we have a couple of good programs to use.

One of the best programs for creating training videos is Camtasia, now out in version 4. Camtasia lets you record single screens and videos, along with mouse movements and clicks. You can add voice-overs, comment bubbles,Camtasia 4 zoomed call-outs, arrows, picture-in-picture and just about any device you can think of to emphasize a point or make it clearer. The Camtasia Web site,, has tutorials that tell you how to do all this stuff; they’re just about the best we’ve ever seen.

Earlier versions of Camtasia let you do all of the above and they’re a lot cheaper than the $299 price for version 4. But in this version, Camtasia lets you record your training video as an MP3 or iPod file. The videos can also be posted to for automatic delivery to an iPod or desktop computer when new content arrives.


It’s entirely possible that you may have created a training video using something other than Camtasia, a video camera, for example. In that case, you’ll want iVideoToGo Platinum, a $30 program It makes videos playable on an iPod or a Sony PlayStation Portable.

This program turned out to be a snap to use. The software supports dozens ofi-Video to Go formats, and with a couple of mouse clicks, you can make DVDs, TV programs or Internet video playable on an iPod or PSP. The software can also be set to check for new video downloads in your file folders and automatically convert them to a chosen format while you are away.

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