Jon Udell has just published an inspirational column in his “Prime Time Hypermedia” series on O’Relly.net. Called Software Movies, Jon shows how you can make much more immediate, high-impact, demos using video capture than is possible with text and images. He demonstrates this with a great example of how he used Windows Media Encoder (WME … a free download from MicroSoft) to capture a video demo of using xpath to make queries on his blog. (The video of WME was itself created using a commercial screen video capture system called Camtasia Studio (from the same people who make SnagIt). I’ve downloaded WME myself and an feeling inspired to do something similar for my courses, and will do, as soon as I have a decent microphone!