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Screencasting: Definition, Uses, Examples, and Instructions  

This guide will discuss the use of screencasting and show how to use the screen recording tool Screencast-O-Matic.
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What is a Screencast

A screencast is a video taken of your computer screen that allows you to show all of the actions that are happening on the screen while you narrate.


What are the Steps for Creating a Screencast?

1. Create an outline of what you want to say.

2. Test your microphone to make sure you can be heard clearly.

3. Bring up the content you want to record on your computer.

4. Make sure you either draw a box around the part of the screen you want to record or if you are
recording in full screen you close everything else that is open and visible on the screen. (options and procedures for doing this will vary depending on the tool you are using)

5. Hit the record button on the tool you are using.

5. Start speaking as you navigate the screen.  Make sure to point to what you are talking about.

6. Stop the recording when you done.

7. Save the screencast and decide how you are going to share it.


What Materials Do I Need to Create a Screencast?

1. A computer

2. A microphone (either external or built in to your computer)

3. A webcam (This is optional and used if you want to include a video of yourself within the screencast.)

4. A screen recording program (can be installed on your computer or accessed through the web)

5. A quiet room to record in


Can I Edit My Screencasts?

Some screencssting tools let you edit the screencast after you record to fix errors, add text, images, and additional audio, and add special effects such as transitions.  If the tool you are using does not having editing options then you can use movie editing software.

I recommend the following software:

Screen Recording Tools

Below are links to tools that you can use to create screencasts.

  • Screencast-O-Matic
    This tool allows up to 15 minutes of recording in the free version and unlimited recording in the pro version. With the pro version there are also options to edit your video. No download is required for this tool, it can be accessed through the web on both PCs and Macs, however users also have the option of downloading the software to their computers if they prefer.
  • Jing
    This free tool allows you to record up to five minutes of video. It must be downloaded and installed to use. There are versions for PC and Mac computers.
  • Snagit
    This tool allows you to capture and enhance images of your computer screen, and capture videos of your computer screen. Snagit must be downloaded to your computer. It costs $49.95 for an individual copy and there are also multiple user licenses. There are versions for both Mac and PC computers.
  • Camtasia Studio/Camtasia Mac
    Csmtasia Studio for PC computers and Camtasia Mac for Mac computers must be installed on your computer. The PC version costs $299 and the Mac version costs $99. for individual license, but both have multiple user licenses as well.. There toola allow you to create and edit high quality videos with imported media and interactive content.
  • ScreenFlow
    ScreenFlow is a screencasting tool for Mac computers. It costs $99 and must be installed on your computer. This tool allows you to create videos and edit them adding images, text, music, and transitions.

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