About STC Suncoast

The Suncoast Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication consists of approximately 130 technical writers, editors, illustrators, designers, managers, and others actively engaged in the field of technical communication in the Tampa Bay area. The Administrative Council manages the chapter. The chapter meets once each month, most often on the first Thursday of the month in locations throughout Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota.

For 2014 – 2015, the council consists of the following members:
President Michele Ladner
Secretary Alexandra Cata-Ross
Treasurer Melissa Lamb
Past-President Lore Eargle

How to Get Started With Video and Animation

A previously recorded STC Summit session with Cynthia Chin-Lee and Mary Martyak

Our next chapter meeting is Thursday, October 2nd in St. Petersburg.  We’ll be showing one of the webinars available on Summit@aClick and follow it with a discussion.

How can you keep the YouTube audience engaged with your product information? Should you consider using video and animation? If so, what works best and when? Cynthia Chin-Lee and Mary Martyak show examples of how their tech pubs groups used video and animation and explain how they got started on a tiny budget. They discuss the pros and cons of each type of media and give details about how to convince management that this project is right for your group, how to set a budget for the project, and what types of hardware and software are required to produce the video and animations.

(By the way, if you missed STC’s Summit held in Phoenix this past May, you can still purchase Summit@aClick.  This is an online collection of the conference’s content, with audio and PowerPoint synched together. It’s the next best thing to being at the conference.  You can share the content with others in your company and revisit it for a year after the conference.  The price is $199 for members and $499 for nonmembers.  You can get more information at http://www.stc.org/education/technical-communications-summit/summit-at-a-click

Thursday, October 2nd
6:30 PM    Networking and Nibbles
7:00 PM    Presentation

Franklin Templeton
100 Fountain Parkway North
(Carillon area — off Ulmerton Road)
(Park in the elevated parking area of Building 140 — drive up the ramp and look for all the cars)

Meeting Fees:
$10     STC Members
$15     Non-members
Students are free.

You can pay via cash or check at the door or via Paypal.


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