What is a Screencast?
A screencast is a video recording of actions that take place on a computer screen, including text entry, mouse movement, and clicking from one item to the next. Audio from the computer or narration can be recorded as well. Screencasting is a useful way to demonstrate software or online tools, and it is how many how-to videos on Youtube are created.
Tips & Tricks
- Close email and any other programs that might display alert messages on the desktop.
- Keep the screencast short and to the point.
- Do a practice run (or several) before recording.
- While recording, type and navigate around the screen slowly. Keep the mouse pointer out of view when you are not using it.
- After recording, preview the screencast to make sure it is complete and easy to follow.
- If recording without audio, make note of it so that the viewer isn't waiting for audio to work.
- If recording with audio, create a script to practice beforehand. Speak clearly and match what you say to what is happening on the screen.
Once you have created a screencast, upload it to Youtube or Vimeo (two free hosting options) to view it and share with others.