Directory of Screencasting Resources

Updated Nov 13 2006: added a piece on screencasting in Linux which looks helpful, albeit complicated.

This week’s WSJ.com column, out Friday, is about screencasting (you can find all my columns here; subscription only, I’m afraid):

Screencasts are really simple to grasp. And in some ways they’re not new. But I, and a few thousand other people, think they represent a great way to leverage the computer to train, educate, entertain, preach and otherwise engage other people in a very simple way. Something the Internet and computers have so far largely failed to do.

Screencasts are basically little movies you create on your computer. In most cases, they are movies of your computer. You use special software to capture what keystrokes and mouse clicks you make on your screen – demonstrating how to use Google, say (the screen bit of screencasting — and then, once you’ve edited and added a voiceover, upload it to your Web site and let everyone else watch it (the casting bit.) It’s as simple as that.

Here are some links that may help. Not everyone calls what they do screencasting, but most do. There’s tons more stuff out there, but most of these sites will take you there too.

Introductions

Software

Screencasts

Uses of screencasts

22 thoughts on “Directory of Screencasting Resources

  1. Thanks Jeremy for the links. I am big screencasting fan myself.

    Would you consider vidcasting different from screencasting ?

    Both can have video as well has software screenshots but vloggers never use the term screencast to describe their content.

    What’s your opinion on this ?

  2. Amit, good question. I think I’d make a difference between something that is a video of a person talking, or any kind of real world footage, and a screencast, which captures (or largely captures) action on screen — whether it’s mouse movements, drawing, or images. I also tend to think of screencasting as a sort of demonstration, rather than a show. But I guess it blurs.

  3. Amit,

    One thing we are doing is embedding flash based TTS characters into our presentations and either playing pre-recorded audio or triggering Text-To-Speech using Java events built into our software. Email me and I’ll send you some samples.

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  10. Total Screen Recorder could record the video as long as you wish. Not like the other screen recorder, which just let you record one minute or with large watermark on the video.

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