A screencast is a video recording, which can also include audio narration, of computer screen actions. The screencast will record cursor movements, typing...anything that is on the computer screen at the time of recording.
Here is an example of a screencast that explains how to search for a book by title through the University of Toronto Libraries website. Camtasia Studio was used to create this screencast.
Screencasts are beneficial for:
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There are many screencast softwares available - both free and commercial - that vary in features in terms of recording length, editing options, and visual effects. Before choosing a software and planning a screencast, consider:
1. Is a screencast the best way to get the idea across? Depending on the topic, a screencast may or may not be the best medium of instruction. Research has shown animated media, like screencasts, puts a high demand on memory retention, since there is so much to process both aurally and visually at once (Oud, 2009). For this reason, keep screencasts short and simple.
2. How long will the screencast be? Most free software allow a maximum of 5 minutes recording time. And most viewers do not want to watch an instructional video that is too long. The suggested length of time is under 2 minutes.
3. Where will the screencast live? Depending on if the recording needs to remain private, or be embedded in a webpage/blog, or can be viewed publicly will help determine what software to use, and the options available.
Screencasting Software looks at free and commercial-based screencasting software in detail.
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