Screen "Casting"

and_the_Mellotron_unraveled_by_zyphichore_at_flickr_(edged).jpgMany people like the idea of creating a screencast for people learning new technologies. Screencasting is a word that often refers to video depictions of user activity within the software context. Meaning, i show you how i'm operating the software, and you can listen to me talk about it. You can make your own screencasts, or use someone else's.

STOP. Wait. Has someone else made the screencast you need, already?? Before you start recording your own screen, search around for existing video tutorials. (eg at google, for MYOB, youtube ..)

Software - free or open source

One free screen recorder, CamStudio, would be worth trialling. (Rumours it has issues re size of output);
  • Paul McSherry one of the Victorian ACFE e-mentors, gave a presentation on using CamStudio (a free, open source application for video screen capture) .. in October 08. Here's another video introduction to Camstudio (quite detailed and complex):

There's a free software called wink, which i think allows voiceover, and exports to Flash (though it could be a bit clunky).
There are a couple of web-based screencasting tools:
2) Jing
3) Screencastle

Lisa from Moreland worked with Jing to create screencasts during the classroom sessions.
Read more about Jing here on this site. Here's a demonstration of a recently new free app called Jing.

: ideas for how to create and present :

Sue Waters has led a discussion over at Aquaculture WA, where one writer disputes the usefulness of this technique. Sue lists and compares some of the technology / strategies. The main goal of her colleagues was to upload powerpoint to the web, and have the voiceover work as well. Slideshare will show this kind of presentation on the web, but without audio.

What about a combination of slideshare for the powerpoint, and eg odeo for the Voiceover (odeo lets you embed individual mp3 files with a player, unlike podomatic which allows only the entire podcast to be embedded elsewhere). An example of this approach can be found eg. at Conversations in ACE. Double system could be confusing for presenters, but can be effective. (Update: Slideshare now lets you create Slidecasts, which Michael Coghlan has done for his presentation - see his page on this site.)

Other screencasting articles

Plus: michael chalk writes about screencasting on his electro-textual blog (tag:screencast): latest article headlines here:
screencast – electro-textual
  • Double-check different browsers before sending feedback! by Michael Chalk
    Ha ha. Serves me right for not double-checking in multiple browsers. The screencast channel is working fine on firefox / linux, also in the Opera browser on windows xp. Problem is with java in google chrome browser. Duh. Now i feel silly. On the plus side, now i’ve fixed java on my linux laptop.. that means i can make screencasts and join elluminat...
  • Screencast [and budget] for fun by Michael Chalk
    Part of the new PRACE flexible delivery project is about showing information technology teachers how to set up a screencast in their classroom. Because there are a few different products on offer, i thought it would be useful to trial some of them up front. Last year, we looked at Jing, as Lisa from Moreland showed her MYOB students some new skills. (Par...
  • "ease" of Screencasting part ii by Michael Chalk
    Well .. Lisa continued her brave and valiant exploration of screencasting in the MYOB classroom, as part of the Can You Hear Us? project. And it’s still not as straightforward as we’d like it to be. We discovered a few more things about this program known as Jing. We already knew that the application would not run without a login. Now we know...
  • mm, the 'ease' of screencasting by Michael Chalk
    So, Lisa was having some issues finding a straightforward way to incorporate audio technologies into her classroom. i suggested some ‘preparation-free’ activities such as : recording the presentation live in class (audio only) recording the screen demonstration live in class (screen and audio) We thought this might work, and i’d had som...

michael also saves bookmarks for relevant pages on this topic in his delicious account, under the tag "screencast". Here's the latest bookmarks:

    (Some of the information on this page was adapted from The Community Engagement projects ('04-07) good set of links to tutorials and resources - previously authored by Michael Chalk, and licensed under creative commons.)

    image and photo credits: licensed under creative commons at flickr:Thanks very much: mellotron