Fallen off the Blogging Wagon – Again

Back at my desk following the Christmas break and I’ve been shamed into making a blog post – Thanks Gorm!

The period leading up to Christmas is always quiet on the news front plus I tend to be working feverishly to produce the shows required to publish whilst I take some time off over.

But now Christmas is over, hopefully the news will start to flow (actually the rumours have started but no real news as yet) and I’ll be able to get back in to blogging again.

I won’t mention the fact that I want to take some time off in March so I’m already working hard again to produce a buffer of shows to publish whilst I’m offline.

It’s tough but someone has to do it!

Black Friday Weekend – ScreenCastsOnline Memberships

It’s that time of the year again and although I haven’t participated for a while, I’ve decided to offer a discounted ScreenCastsOnline Membership for the Black Friday Weekend – Link.

The offer is a 40% discount on the first period of a Quarterly or Annual ScreenCastsOnline membership for new members.

The thing that always pains me is that I have to restrict it to new members only, and can’t offer it to existing current members for renewals.

The problem I have is that most members are on auto recurring renewals and these are spread throughout the year. It would be impossible to set up a time based discount for existing members and be fair across the board. Believe me, I’ve thought long and hard on how I could accomplish this fairly.

So the only option available is that I offer a discount to new members, but just for the first membership period.

I appreciate that this might upset some existing members, but I usually try to go out of my way to keep my existing members happy. Some examples are:

  • Other than a price increase when I switched from just one Mac show per week to two shows per week (Mac and iOS), I’ve managed to not increase prices for existing members since then.
  • I also included the ScreenCastsOnline Monthly magazine subscription as a free add on for existing members when introduced.
  • I’ll also be providing regular high resolution versions of the shows in the new year, all at no cost for existing members.

So I sincerely apologise to any existing members that may be disgruntled that I can’t extend the Black Friday discount to renewals, but I think this is common practice across all membership systems and subscription services.

It goes without saying that I really appreciate the support from all of my members, and I’ll continue to try and think of other ways to make your ScreenCastsOnline membership even more valuable in the future.





ScreenCastsOnline Academy Launch

A supplementary service to the ScreenCastsOnline membership has just been launched – ScreenCastsOnline Academy
The ScreenCastsOnline Academy is not intended to replace a ScreenCastsOnline membership – it’s something slightly different, targeted at a completely different audience.

The premise is that the ScreenCastsOnline Academy will provide packaged sets of tutorials with specific themes. Instead of requiring a membership, the packaged tutorials will be priced as a one off purchase. Pay once, get access to the tutorials via the ScreenCastsOnline Academy website.

First Tutorial Package – Let’s Learn iWork

The first tutorial package has just been published. These are 13 video tutorials covering the current versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote for both Mac and iOS, and repackaged it as “Let’s Learn iWork”.

It’s available for sale now (but check at the end of the post for a discount coupon).

There will be additional tutorial packages eventually, but all the tutorials will be available to ScreenCastsOnline members via the usual ScreenCastsOnline website.

I would like to stress again that these aren’t new tutorials, they are the same as the ones published via the usual ScreenCastsOnline membership – it’s just that they are now available together and in one place and for a single one-off payment.

So I Don’t Need A ScreenCastsOnline Membership?

The ScreenCastsOnline Academy is absolutely not intended as a replacement for a full ScreenCastsOnline membership. It’s still more cost-effective to take out a full standard membership, and the the Academy will only have a fraction of the content available to full members.

But there are a number of people who really don’t want a full blown membership, and the limited selection of tutorials via the Academy along with the one-off purchase price, will probably fulfil their limited needs.

To save any confusion, I’ve created a separate website for the ScreenCastsOnline Academy and will keep it separate from the ScreenCastsOnline Membership site – for now at least.

Special Discount for “Lets’ Learn iWork

If you’re curious and want to check out the new service, visit ScreenCastsOnline Academy and if you want to try out the “Let’s Learn iWork” tutorial package, here’s a discount code for 40% off the launch price… just use 40off during checkout.

As a favour, If you know someone who might not want a membership, but would benefit from 5 hours of tutorials on Pages, Numbers and Keynote, why not send them the link and the discount code!

Updated Setup Page

Following many requests, I’ve updated my setup page on the blog and re-published it, bringing it back up to date and identifying many of the elements shown on the blog header image.

You can find the updated page via the menu on the blog, or via this link.

Just a couple of points – The Panasonic GH4 camera is brand new and as a total photography newbie, it’s early days. Starting to get to grips with it but I mainly acquired it as a way into 4K video. I’ll be exploring more as I get to grips with it and will keep you informed of progress.

You may notice that the original Mackie audio mixer and external audio gear is now unlisted. I’ve moved over to processing my audio for the show using software rather that external audio hardware – Audio Hijack Pro as a live noise gate and Adobe Audition 2014 for post processing. It remains to be seen if I continue doing that, or if I go back to using external gear.

The Apollo Twin audio interface is currently unplugged as I’ve been having crashes when trying to use it with ScreenFlow – I’m using the Onyx Blackmagic USB interface for now until I can get to the bottom of the crashing problem.




A Daily Post?

I’ve now finished tweaking the new blog… at least for today!

I’m really impressed with the amount of functionality baked into WordPress these days. The number of themes are mind-blowing and the plugin architecture really seems to extend the functionality considerably.

Now that I’ve got things as I like it, it’s time to consider exactly what I’ll be blogging about, and to find the true voice of the blog. Even though I’ve now located the blog on the website, I don’t want to just restrict things to ScreenCastsOnline related topics.

So I’ll be covering a multitude of topics, but obviously with a Mac or Apple related focus – but not exclusively.

I’ll also use the blog as a platform to talk about my G.A.S – Gear Acquisition Syndrome especially now as I’ve been bitten by acquiring some decent video equipment…

Anyhow, expect to find various musings, meanderings, thoughts, links and if I’m up to it, the occasional video blog.

To get myself started I’m going to set myself the task of creating at least one new blog post a day, at least for the next month or so.

We’ll see!

One final thing, I’ll be using the built-in cross posting features of WordPress to cross-post to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Path and Google+. Initially as an experiment to see just how it goes. I could just leave it as an RSS promoted blog, but people seem to have many different preferences on how they want to discover stuff, so I’m going for the scatter-gun approach!