How to Create a Screencast

Three Methods:General ScreencastingUsing JingUsing Screencat-O-Matic

Screencasting can help you show others how to do something on their computer, or allow them to see what you're experiencing on your system. Depending on your needs, screencasting can be great for educational and instructional purposes, or to assist with reporting software or site bugs or inconsistencies.

Method 1
General Screencasting

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    Launch a screen recording tool. See below for some options. There are many such tools available online.
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    Set your recording options. For example, your software may give you choices about including audio or not, and may allow you to set the recording area to the whole screen or a particular window. Review the settings for your particular choice of tool.
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    Record. Start the recording when you're ready. Complete all the actions you want to show on the screen, and when you're done, hit stop. If you have audio on, you can also add narration as you go.
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    Review your work. Watch the screencast from beginning to end to make sure it makes sense, and that only the parts you want visible are visible. Beware about any personal information or unrelated browser tabs, programs, or documents that may be in the background!
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    Publish your work. Many screencasting programs allow you to upload the video directly to their sites, or allow you to share the video via email, social media, etc. This will allow you to share the screencast with your desired audience.

Method 2
Using Jing

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    Install the Jing program, if you haven't already done so. Then open Jing from your Start Menu, Applications folder, or Dock.
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    Click the Jing sun at the top right corner of the screen. If you have changed the default settings, you may also find Jing located in your menu bar or task bar.
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    Click the "Capture" button or menu item.
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    Click the top-left of the area of the screen you'd like to screencast from. Don't release your mouse button.
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    Keep your mouse clicked. Pull the cursor to the bottom-right of the screen, and let go when the box is the right size and shape.
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    Click "Capture Video". The button looks like a movie reel.
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    Wait the three seconds before the film begins. You can pre-position the mouse on the area where you'd like it be for your screencast; just make sure to keep it within the video-capturing area if you want your audience to see it.
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    Begin creating your movie. Let the recording roll while you demonstrate what you want to capture. If your microphone is on, you can narrate what you're doing, too.
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    Locate the Screencast controls toolbox.
    • For whole-screen screencasts, this box will be located at the bottom-left corner of the screen. However, depending on your window size and program version, you may find it in another corner.
    • You can use the toolbox to pause and resume your video as needed.
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    Click the "Stop" button when you are all done.
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    Share or save the video. If you want to, change the file name.
    • Click "Share" to get a link for sharing the video via screencast.com.
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    • Select "Save" to save the file to your computer. You can then email it or keep it on your local computer for later viewing.
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Method 3
Using Screencat-O-Matic

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    Go to the Screencast-O-Matic website. You'll find it at: http://www.screencast-o-matic.com.
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    Select "Start Recording".
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    Wait for a box with a dotted border to pop up.
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    Select "Fullscreen" from the menu at the bottom of the box. Alternatively, you can click and drag the little squares at the corners to adjust the size of your selection.
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    Press the record button when you're ready. The screencast will record your voice, if you want to describe what you are doing.
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    Hit Alt and D to stop the recording.
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    Preview the screencast.
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    Choose what you want to do with your screencast, from the right of the window.
    • If you click "Upload to SOM," enter a description and choose a language on the right. Then press "Upload" at the bottom.
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    Log in or register, if you haven't already.
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    Wait until your video upload finishes. Then share your screencast as desired.

Tips

  • Keep your videos as short and as succinct as possible.
  • Other options include www.camstudio.org for Windows and RecordMyDesktop for Linux users.

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