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Screencasting: Screencast-O-Matic

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


  • Free, online, one-click recording.
  • No download required.
  • Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms.
  • Web cam recording.
  • Video length: Up to 15 minutes (Free version); 1 hour (Pro version).
  • Free video hosting.
  • Publish to YouTube HD, MP4, AVI, and FLV.
  • Can be shared via URL or embed code.
  • No built-in video editing options (in Free version).
  • Pro version can be purchased for more options.

How to Use Screencast-O-Matic

  • Open website or software program that you wish to record on desktop.
  • Go to
  • Click on the blue "Start Recording" button in the top right corner of the screen.
  • Allow Java Applet to run.
  • Drag and resize frame to surround recording area.
  • Click on the red circle in the recording toolbar to start recording.
  • Click on DONE when finished recording.
  • Publish on Screencast-o-matic (account recquired), on YouTube, or video file (.mov).
  • Click on Share Link to share URL; Or highlight embed code to copy and paste into LibGuide or web page.

Example of Screencast-O-Matic Screencast

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