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:
- Movie Maker (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/features/movie-maker ) - Movie Maker is the movie editing software that Microsoft provides for PC computers. If you are using Windows Vista or an older operating system it should be on your computer. If you use Windows 7 then you have to download it from the Microsoft site.
- iMovie - (http://www.apple.com/ilife/imovie/) - iMovie is the movie editing software for Mac computers. If you have a Mac iMovie should be included.
Screen Recording Tools
Below are links to tools that you can use to create screencasts.
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