What is screencasting?
Essentially, a screencast video is used to capture a "demonstration" of something I'm showing on my computer. To record a video you'll need screencasting software, a microphone, and a computer with Internet access. This guide will cover ways these videos can be used in a college setting by faculty and staff.
How can it be used?
Explaining things in an Angel classroom.Videos can be pasted into Angel as a link or embedded so they can be played directly on the Angel page.
Advising students. This informal video was quickly created to answer a student's registration question via email.
Library web page changes. Video was emailed to division faculty to show a significant change to the database arrangement.
Library database searching. Used as part of an online guide for a class assignment.
Formal presentations. Recorded as a quick orientation for the Adjunct Faculty Professional Development Day
Once a video is recorded, the software will generate a web link that can be quickly pasted into an email or other document.
Some screencast software allow the video to be saved into a format that can be uploaded into YouTube or other video website. Here's an example of a Google search video from the library's YouTube channel.
How much does it cost?
- There are several free pieces of software that are easy to use and generate good quality video and audio. See the Software tab above for details.
- Commercial software is also for sale, Camtasia is an example. Commercial software isn't covered in this online guide.
Is it easy to learn?
Yes! Most of the free software is very simple to learn and use. See the Best Practices tab above for details.
Does it take a long time to make a video?
That depends on the purpose of the video. I've created casual, "on the fly" videos to quickly answer questions. These take just a couple of minutes from start to finish because I don't feel pressured to create a "perfect" video that will be used again and again.
Videos I publish on YouTube, add to my online guides, or post in my classes take longer. These are meant to be used often and usually address a more complex concept. I create an outline for the video, a loose script, select relevant examples, and often need multiple "takes" to create a video worth publishing.