A screencast is a digital recording of your computer screen, often containing audio narration. (A screenshot, in contrast, is simply a picture of the screen at a single point in time.) Several software applications enable you to screencast; even PowerPoint 2013 and 2016, for PC, provides basic screencasting capabilities. Some applications are free and easy to use, whereas others are a cost and require more advanced technical skills. Below are a few commonly used tools for screencasting.
Screencast-O-Matic enables you to record screencast videos as well as your webcam within those videos. Once you have created a video, you may then post it on YouTube or another website. Screencast-O-Matic is a web-based application, for both PC and Mac. It is free for recordings up to 15 minutes long, and eCampus also provides Pro licenses to instructors of eCampus courses. Contact Steve Dwinnells, director of the IDC, or an instructional designer for details about the Pro license.
View examples of screencasts that EKU professors have created.
Camtasia is often used for creating video tutorials and presentations directly via screencast. Camtasia is a downloadable application for both PC and Mac and may be purchased by your department or individually. The IDC has installed a copy of the software on its recording studio computer in Commonwealth. Contact an instructional designer if you want to learn more about Camtasia.
View an example of a Camtasia-created video, by Barry Burkett.
Adobe Captivate is a downloadable application for software demonstrations, software simulations, branched scenarios, screencasting, and quizzes. Captivate requires a paid license, and it may be purchased by your department or individually. Contact an instructional designer if you want to learn more about Captivate.
View an example of a Captivate-created video by an EKU professor.