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Introduction to Screencasting

This guide offers an introduction to screencasting, the tools to use, and some best practices to get you started.

Tips & tricks before recording...

  • Test the audio before recording, and make sure the recording area is quiet, if using a microphone. Or use a headset so ambient noises will not be recorded. Clear audio makes a screencast more enjoyable to view, and does not detract from the instruction.

  •  Have a script. Knowing what will be said next will help avoid fumbling for the correct words. Type the script in a Word document, which can be saved as a txt. file and uploaded as a caption file. Having captions will make the screencast more accessible for users, and saves time transcribing the narration after the recording.  

  • Type out search terms, and have them in a separate document, so you can cut and paste the terms into the search boxes during the recording (just remember to pause the recording first!)

  • Close all other windows, especially messaging services or emails that display alerts, pop-ups or make noise, as these will be recorded.

  • Resize the recording window so it is focusing only on the area that needs to be viewed. Although the size of the recording window cannot be changed once it has started to record, the window can be repositioned when the recording is paused.

Tips & tricks when recording...

  • Click on 'pause' before moving to another webpage or site. Sometimes a page takes time to load, and that time will be recorded. Reposition the frame, if needed, then resume recording.

  • Use Ctrl + or Ctrl -  or Ctrl and scroll wheel, to create a 'zoom' in and out effect when using free screencasting software.

  • Enlarge your cursor so it is easier to view.

  • Have one person reading the script and another person ‘driving’ the mouse.