Recently I read about an Easter Egg in WordPress 2.6 and 2.7. After trying it out, I decided to record it and show it through a video rather than describing it. I’ve been wanting / needing to become more proficient with screen capture software so this finally gave me the motivation to do so.
I tested Cam Studio Open Source, which is free open source software, at first. I had a little bit of trouble with the settings – the text on the screen was all blurry when the video was resized. I later figured out what I had done wrong but had already tried creating the video with Jing, which a number of people recommended to me on twitter.
Jing is screencapture software for Windows and the MAC. And it is so easy to use. Just click and follow the instructions. Really! It’s super easy.
Basically, this is what you do.
- Download and install. On Windows it required .NET 3.0, which I didn’t have, but it installed it for me.
- Create an account. The account allows you to share the videos online and gives you the links and embed codes to use on your blog.
- There will them be a little yellow ball at the top of the screen, which looks like this. There are three menus; Capture, History, and More.
- Click Capture
- Set the recording area
- Select Image or Video
- If you have a microphone, you can also record audio.
- Click record
- Click stop when done
- You can then save the video to your computer or upload it to your new account. I uploaded mine so it would be easy to share them. The screencast account, which is associated with the Jing software gives you 2GB of storage and 2GB of bandwidth per month.
- Go to your online library
- Select the video and get the embed code
- Paste the code into your post
Even if these instructions seem complicated, I assure it couldn’t be easier. You just click and follow along.
So, here is the video I created of the WordPress Easter Egg. Please note that videos of this already exist and this is not some great discovery of mine. Like I said, I decided to use this when learning how to do screen captures. Oh, and it’s super short.
photo credit: (Ex-)Exil-Fischkopp