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.
Jon Udell’s primer at Digital Media
Wikipedia entry on Screencast
- Reviews from Amit Agarwal
- List of screencast software
- How to make screencasts in Linux
- vnc2swf a cross-platform screen recording tool for ShockWave Flash (swf) format
- Qarbon Viewlet Builder
- Snapz Pro X (Mac)
- ScreenAction Studio (Mac)
- ScreenRecord (Mac)
- Screenography (Mac)
- iShowU (Mac)
- Istanbul (Gnome, KDE, XFCE and others)
- Display Eater (Mac)
- Screen Movie Recorder (Mac)
- Bulent’s Screen Recorder + BSR Movie Lab
- uvScreenCamera + uvVisualizator
- Screencast-O-Matic: Uses a Java applet to do the screen capture and playback so theoretically it should support all major platforms and browsers. That said there are some issues with certain combinations of platforms/browsers.
- One of Jon’s on using Jot
- ScreenCastsOnline: tutorials for the Mac
- How to play soccer
- A Google search of screencasts made with Camtasia
Uses of screencasts