Making a video of your computer screen (either just one window or the entire screen) is commonly referred to as Screencasting. This is a list of software options for creating screencast videos.

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Snagit

  • Summary: Snagit is a cross-platform screencasting app that’s very easy to use, it's our first recommendation if you can purchase it or if the limitations of the COVID-19 free access aren't a problem for you (See price section below)

  • Operating System: Mac and Windows

  • Price:

  • Instructions:

    • After filling out the form on the COVID-19 special access page, TechSmith should send you an email with instructions for downloading Snagit.

    • After installing Snagit, you can follow the instructions here for creating a screen-capture video.

  • Pros:

    • Works on Windows and Macs

    • Simple to use

    • Includes basic video editing

    • Good learning materials

  • Cons:

    • To get the free version, need to fill out a form and wait for TechSmith to reply.

Quicktime

  • Summary: Quicktime is an application included in MacOS that's typically for viewing videos, but it also has a screen recording option. If you have a Mac, it's a very quick and simple option.

  • Operating System: Mac

  • Price: Free (should be pre-installed with most Macs)

  • Pros:

    • Super simple to use

    • Provides basic video editing after recording is finished
    • No-install necessary
  • Cons:
    • Mac only
    • Can’t select a single window to record
    • File size of the recording can be very large, might benefit from video-compressing afterward
  • Notes
    • After you’re done recording, use the tiny “stop” button at the top of your screen to end the recording.
       

Zoom

  • Summary: Zoom is intended for video conferencing, but its record function allows you to use it for screencasting as well.
  • Operating System: All Operating Systems
  • Price: Free (There is a premium version, but it's not necessary for screencasting, contact ims@whitman.edu for either a free or premium license)
  • Instructions:
    • Start a Zoom meeting for just yourself
    • If you don't want video of your face to be included with the screencast, turn off your camera
    • Use the Record button to start recording
    • Use the Share Screen button to share part of your screen
    • When your'e done, stop recording and close the meeting. The recording should be saved to your documents folder
    • This YouTube video provides similar instructions
  • Pros:
    • Free
    • Easy to use
    • Records locally, so not effected by connection speed (like Google Meet)
  • Cons:
    • Simple, doesn't include advanced features like video editing

Google Meet

  • Summary: Google Meet is intended for video conferencing, but its record function allows you to use it for screencasting as well. It's very simple to use, but keep in mind that the final product will include video from your camera paired side-by-side with the video of your screen. If you turn off your camera, your name will be displayed rather than the video from your camera.
  • Operating System: All operating systems, browser-based
  • Price: Free

  • Instructions:
    • Go to http://meet.google.com/
    • Start a Google meet session and join the meeting
    • Click the Present Now button in the bottom right, you can select just one window or the entire screen.
    • When you’re ready to record, in the bottom right, click on the “kebab” menu button (looks like this ) and select Record Meeting
    • If you want to change your microphone or camera:
      • Use the kebab menu button in the bottom right and select Settings.
      • Change your audio and video settings accordingly
    • When you’re done
      • Click the kebab menu button, select Stop Recording
      • The recording will now be saved to your Google Drive in a folder called Meet Recordings (Note: this can take several minutes to complete, you should get an email when it’s finished)
      • Rather than sending a link to your students, select the "Share" option  to share the file using your students' emails, assigning each student as "Viewer" 
      • Click on "advanced" in the sharing window. From there, you can choose the option "Disable options to download, print, and copy for commenters and viewers", which allows students to watch the video through the browser they used to access Google Drive, without the option of downloading or copying the video. (Thanks, Dr. Bobrow-Strain, for this helpful tip!) 
    • Note that if you turn on Google Meet’s captions, they won’t be recorded in the video
  • Pros:

    • Works on Windows and Macs

    • No installation necessary, browser-based

    • Screencasts are presented side-by-side with video of the presenter (if that's something you want)

  • Cons:

    • Video and audio quality depend on the quality of your internet connection

    • Screencasts are presented side-by-side with video of the presenter (this can’t be turned off)

Other Screencasting Options

Here is some information on other options that we're aware of, though we haven't tested these

  • Xbox Game Bar
    • OS: Windows 10

    • Price: Free

    • Notes: Should be pre-installed with Windows 10

  • Powerpoint

    • OS: Mac and Windows

    • Price: Free for Whitman

    • Notes:

      • If you create a presentation in Powerpoint, you can record yourself giving that presentation and export it to video.

      • Whereas other options can record any part of your screen (including Powerpoint) note that Powerpoint can only make a recording of a Powerpoint presentation.

      • When giving the presentation, you cannot go backwards to a previous slide, you can only progress forwards.

      • During the transition from one slide to the next slide audio will not be recorded.

  • OBS
    • Link: obsproject.com

    • OS: Mac and Windows

    • Price: Free

    • Notes: OBS is a very powerful tool but less user-friendly than other options. 

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