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Screencasting: Tips and Tricks

An introduction to tools and tips for creating screencasts "on the fly."

Best Practices for Creating "On the Fly" Screencasts

  • Turn off or hide browser toolbars.
  • Close email and other programs (Twitter, Meebo) that display alert messages on desktop.
  • Keep length of screencast under 1-1/2 minutes....3 minutes is the maximum time recommended.
  • Do a practice run before creating a screencast.
  • While recording, type and navigate around the screen slower than usual and move the mouse pointer out of the recorded area.
  • After recording, preview the screencast to be sure it is complete and easy to follow.
  • If recording without audio, make note of it so that the viewer does not think the audio isn't working.
  • If recording with audio, it may be helpful to create a script and practice before recording. Speak clearly!
  • Eliminate dialogue that doesn't describe any action and synch visual elements with your narration.
  • Minimize background noise by recording in as quiet a place as possible.  Close your door and turn off your phone.
  • Don't call it a "screencast" and be creative when labeling/adding titles.
  • Share widely (it's easy)! People won't view the screencast if they don't know it exists.
  • Have fun! Don't be afraid to experiment...you will get better each time and mistakes are easy to erase.

How to Embed a Screencast into a LibGuide

  • Click on Add New Box.
  • Select box type, Multimedia Boxes, and select Embedded Media & Widgets.
  • Copy embed code from screencast. For example, in Screenr, click on the Share button and highlight the Embed code. Click on the blue Copy button.
  • Go to the box in your LibGuide and click on Add Media/Widget Code.
  • Paste (CTRL+V) the code into the Embed Code box.
  • Click on the Embed It button.
  • If you need to change the width or height of your embedded screencast, click on Edit Media/Widget Code.
  • Change the width or height.
  • Click on the Save and Close button.

How to Embed a Jing Screencast into a LibGuide

  • Click on Add New Box within your LibGuide page.
  • Select box type, Multimedia Boxes, and select Embedded Media & Widgets.
  • Copy embed code from screencast. To do this for a Jing video, take the following steps:
  1. Login to Screencast.com
  2. Select the video from your library that you would like to embed.  
  3. Click on Show Details.
  4. Click on the Share tab, highlight the code listed in the Embed on your page box.
  5. Click on the Copy button.
  • Return to the appropriate box in your LibGuide and click on Add Media/Widget Code.
  • Paste the code into the Embed Code box.
  • Click on the Embed It button.
  • Click on the Save and Close button.
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