Camtasia Media Hosted On Screencast.com Is Not Backstopped By Exportable Hosting Reports

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This is unfortunate.

If you host a lot of media on Screencast.com, and need to manage that media against other recordsets, doing so is a manual process: very tedious, time consuming, error prone, and labor intensive.

Screencast.com recently added a "last viewed" column in the details view, which helps determine the current relevancy of media, like product tutorials.  I believe this field was added to allow determination of content not viewed within the preceding 12 months.  For free Screencast.com accounts, that older content will be automatically deleted by the system.  Being able to extract a list of all such media could be very useful.  Also, just getting a list of yesterday's views can be quite helpful in tracking the impact of new offerings.

If you host a lot of stuff, and you want to track total views for all items in a collection, that task requires a massive manual effort.  View counts change all the time, and Screencast does not present a total count for the "views" column.  Try using the Screencast UI to manually total views for hundreds and hundreds of items, where the view counts will most likely have changed the next time you load a view page.  Not fun ...

I manage multiple playlists for my Camtasia stuff: Tutorials, Quick Answers, and Usability Issues.  I treat the Screencast listings as the "master" recordset, but I backstop those items in multiple "slave" listings, such as recordsets in Access and SQL databases, as PDF Documents, in Excel worksheets, and in text listings that can be validated, record by record, against each other, using Beyond Compare "file compares".

I recently worked out a way to extract records from a Screencast.com details view, using a Snagit panoramic capture and Snagit's "grab text" function.  This method enables me to paste the extracted records into Notepad++, and get an immediate record count [great for just determining yesterday's views by media].  I can also paste into Excel and get an immediate "views" column totals count.  The time savings, for me, are huge.

Another big benefit is that I can now extract a listing of all media titles in a folder, even if it contains many blocks of 50 records.  Then, I can easily do Beyond Compare "file compares" to validate those records against my "slave" recordset listings.

If curious, or if you think you might want to try this technique, perhaps see ...

How To Use Snagit Panooramic Captures To Extract Data From Screencast.com Details View
http://www.screencast.com/t/PvvGNrwO5

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