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Description: Screencasting software for recording computer screens, webcams, and audio.
Usage: Faculty & Staff only. Remote and flipped learning, training, tutorials, presentationsAvailable locations: The Library Studio, can be installed on personal/PLU devices
Access: Screencast-o-matic website
Help: Contact the Help Desk at 253-535-7525 or visit us in the library, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Full Guide: View/Download
Screencast-O-Matic is a simple, user-friendly screencasting tool. This software can record screens, webcams, and microphones, and has built-in features for annotations and effects. The PRO version of the software also includes editing tools, scripting tools, draw and zoom, watermark-free recordings, and more. Be aware that due to a limited number of licenses, only Faculty and Staff are permitted to install the software on their PLU computers. Contact iTech to inquire about PRO licensing.
To get started with Screencast-O-Matic, see Screencast-O-Matic: Installing.
Screencasting & Recording Tips
- Always write a plan of action before recording. Make note of the screen actions, clicks, etc. that need to happen during the screencast. Script or outline the narration.
- Practice first!
- Speak clearly and concisely.
- Pace screen actions so that they’re not too fast, and not too slow.
- Clean up the computer desktop and programs that will be recorded.
- If recording a web browser: Use a clean web browser (Chrome, Firefox, etc.). If multiple web browsers are installed on the computer, use one that you don’t normally use for the screencast. That way, there will be no bookmarks or excess toolbars cluttering the browser. Close out of all unnecessary web browser tabs.
- Choose a quiet space that’s free of distractions and noise. It is not recommended to record outside. If you choose to do so, consider ambient noise interference. Audio from wind, animals, and traffic will be captured.
- Use an external USB microphone, instead of built-in computer mics. Mics are available for checkout at the Help Desk.
- If using a webcam, record in a space that has a lot of light. Natural light, such as from a window, is ideal lighting. Make sure to face the window or light source so your face is well lit.
- Don’t fret over mistakes. It’s easy to get caught up trying to perfect screencasts. Try to treat it like a live presentation.