How to Make a Screencast: Tips and Tricks

Are you an eLearning professional who wants to make screencasts for training courses? Or are you going to start your vlog on YouTube and show how to use specific software? In this article, we’ll explain how to screencast, which tools to choose, and what to consider before recording. But before we dive deep, let’s explain what exactly a screencast is.

What Is a Screencast?

A screencast is a video recording that captures the actions that take place on a screen. You can also often hear people calling it a screen capture video or a screen recording. A screencast can contain various objects like text, images, audio, and even mouse movements.

How Are Screencasts Used?

As you can see, a screencast is a type of video tutorial that is most often created to demonstrate a process that’s showing on the screen. But although such videos are all instructional, they can be used for different purposes by different people. Here’s who can benefit from screencasting:

  • L&D professionals. With screencasts, learning pros can demonstrate to their employees how to use the software they need to carry out their job duties; for example, create a video guide to Microsoft Excel or record an LMS walkthrough.
  • Teachers. Screencasting helps teachers save more time on introducing the topic in the classroom and invest more time in practice and discussions. This approach is referred to as a flipped classroom. For instance, a teacher can record their screen while explaining how to solve math equations and share the video with students so they can watch it before coming to class.
  • Software development companies. Organizations that produce software or offer a web service can benefit greatly from making video tutorials on how to use their tool. This is where screencasts can come into play again.
  • YouTube instructors. Skillful photoshoppers, advanced users of Microsoft Excel, and other software experts use screencasts to share their knowledge with the world.
  • Gamers. For gamers, a screencast is a way to share their gameplay with the world, as well as get feedback on their skills and teach their peers how to improve their performance. Read more.