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Screencasting: Introduction

Guide to recording, editing, file managing, and troubleshooting.


Screencasts are recordings of the activity on your computer screen. They can be valuable tools for demonstrating how to navigate web pages or use specific software. 

Many screencasting programs allow the addition of onscreen captions or highlighting of specific areas of the screen. 

Screencasting software ranges from simple, free, and online, to complex systems with sophisticated editing tools. 

VCC Library sample screencast

How to find royalty-free Images on Google (Images of tooth decay)

  • Made with Screencast-o-matic.
  • Demonstrates finding royalty-free images (tooth decay)
  • Created to quickly answer a question from a health sciences faculty member 
  • One shot, no editing, audio with auto closed captioning from YouTube (edited)
  • Creating a video was faster than typing an explanation.
  • Excellent example of a screencast that was relatively quick to record, but is an effective instructional tool

Screencasting: Best Practices, Editing & Captioning

These slides are from a July 2020 workshop. This is one presentation, expanded to demonstrate uploading captions files to VCC Mediaspace, and then cut into three.

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