Screencasts are easy. No, really.
You don’t need ultra-specialized hardware or software in order to do them. You also don’t need years of editing expertise to pull them off. Chances are the computer you are reading this site with has the software capable of recording a screencast.
If you are using a Mac, open Quicktime. Under the File menu, select New Screen Recording. You should see a new window appear with the title Screen Recording with a red button on it. To the right of the button you should see a carat. Select that carat and you can record sound through either your computer’s built in mic (if you have one) or one you’ve connected via USB. Once you’ve done that, just hit the red record button and record your screencast. Just hit the stop button when you are done and Quicktime will create the final file. By default, the file will be in your Movies folder. From there you can view it, or copy it, or you can choose to edit it in iMovie.
If you are using a PC, there is no directly installed software capable of capturing a screencast. Luckily, there are a variety of quality free and pay options available for you depending on the complexity and control you want in the screencast. For free, we recommend using Screencast-o-matic for simple screencasts. If you are looking for a more robust piece of software that can insert transitions, other multimedia, and graphics, we recommend Camtasia Studio.
The benefits of screencasting do not end with you. A number of faculty have successfully implemented assignments into their classrooms for students to create their own screencasts to record presentations, show competency in a core class skill, or to create an artistic multimedia experience. If this appeals to you, send us a message and we can set up a meeting to discuss how we can help you.