A screencast is essentially a video of your computer screen. Screencasts are most often created to document how to use applications or how to browse a web site.
What you need
- Record/Pause/Stop button
- Tool for selecting the area of your screen you want to record
- Options for what to record (audio and/or video)
How you do it
- Select the area of your screen you want to record
- Click the record button. Perform the functions you want to document, describing what you are doing as you do it (or adding audio later with tools like iMovie)
- Click the pause button (if you need to rearrange windows or do stuff that need not be recorded)
- Click the stop button when done
- Save your recording
- Share your video on the web
Tips and Suggestions
A good screencast should be as short as possible. If your documenting how to use complex software, considering make many short (1-2 minute) screencasts of particular features rather than one. Select the smallest area of your screen possible to create your screencast.
- Constrain your selection to a 4:3 ratio
- Storyboard your screencast so you know exactly what you want to do and say before you record
- Record short sequences and use a video editing tool to combine into a single video
- Consider adding audio to your video afterwards using tools like iMovie or Final Cut Pro.