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Screencasting Intro

screencast is a digital recording of computer screen output, also known as a video screen capture, that often contains audio narration. The term screencast compares with the related term screenshot; whereas screenshot is a picture of a computer screen, a screencast is essentially a movie of the changes over time that a user sees on a computer screen, enhanced with audio narration. (Source: Wikipedia)

Some educational uses for a screencast: demonstrate how to use software/tool, teach a concept, present a project, provide feedback

Screencast-O-Matic (SOM) is easy-to-use screen capture recording software for Windows or Mac computers.  Recordings can be saved on SOM's website (with URL to share), or downloaded in .wmv and other formats.
Jing software is primarily recommended for screen capture (still image) and light editing. Jing is compatible with Windows or Mac. Users must register for an account before using the software. Jing connects with to host storage of screencast recordings and screenshot captures.
Kaltura open source Kaltura is an open source video management and repository system that includes a screencasting component that is very similar to Screencast-O-Matic.  Kaltura integrates deeply with UC's Canopy (Blackboard) system, allowing for creation and sharing of simple screencasts and media files.  More information on Canopy and the UCIT KnowledgeBase.

Examples and Help - Screencast-O-Matic

Examples and Help - Jing

Production Tips


Other Screencasting Resources tutorial on Screencasting Fundamentals

  • This tutorial includes both general information on developing screencasts, as well as specific instructions on the use of screencasting software.
  • Software covered includes at-cost systems: Captivate, Articulate Studio, Articulate Storyline, Lectora Inspire, and Camtasia Studio.

Screencasting apps for the iPad

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