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Update on Screencasting Options

   September 29th, 2011

Screencast imageA couple weeks ago, someone who reads my website emailed me this question:

I was wondering, in reference to your article from August 9, 2009, what web-based screencasting resources you might recommend given that both ScreenToaster and Screenjelly have apparently bit the dust?

His email took me a little by surprise - I hadn't realized that both of them were gone now.

I haven't made a screencast in awhile, but they're always a good idea (check out the Overdrive/Kindle video by the King County Library System), so I did a quick search and read some reviews just to see what was out there. The best free online options seemed to be http://www.screenr.com and http://www.screencast-o-matic.com, although I haven't tried either one.

I also know a lot of librarians use Jing, but that is software you download, so it's a little different. And another somewhat related option is http://www.xtranormal.com - it doesn't do screencasts, but is an easy way to make little movies.

Does anyone have any other suggestions for creating screancasts and videos? Or any links to good examples of library promotional/help/training videos?

In any case, one last word of caution: since these do come and go so often, it's good not to use them to host your video - upload them to YouTube or at least save them as video files, so you don't lose them if the website goes out of business.

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7 Responses to “Update on Screencasting Options”

  1. Heidi Steiner Says:

    My top three are Screenr, Screencast-o-matic, and ScreenCastle (www.screencastle.com). There’s a range of functionality across the three with ScreenCastle being super quick and no fuss. Was sad to seen ScreenJelly go.

  2. Brian Herzog Says:

    @Heidi: thank you – screencastle does look pretty easy.

  3. Jim Dunbar Says:

    Our library system (Shortgrass Library System in southern Alberta, Canada) uses Camtasia. While it isn’t free; it is relatively inexpensive and will do many things besides just screencasts.

    Shortgrass has created a series of video tours of our electronic resources, which are posted on our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=theshortgrasslibrary&aq=f.

    I also use this software to create videos of our videoconferences, which are posted on the RISE Network Vimeo Channel: http://vimeo.com/28410061

    This software is fairly intuitive and easy to use.

  4. Batarang Says:

    I like Screencast-o-matic because it gives me more options when saving the file to my computer.

  5. Erin Says:

    My library learned its lesson about not hosting videos with the site, when ScreenJelly vanished, taking many of our video demos with it. I use Screencase-o-matic now, and have been very pleased; it’s super-easy to record and super-easy to push videos directly to my YouTube account.

  6. Chad Says:

    Hi Brian, we use screencastomattic to make our videos. You can find my videos at http://www.library.ohiou.edu/subjects/businessblog/videos . We also have more general videos at http://www.library.ohiou.edu/vidhelp/ .

  7. Swiss Army Librarian » Make Online Tutorials with Tildee :: Brian Herzog Says:

    […] think this tool is a great compliment to creating screencasts, because sometimes combining text and images (or videos, maps, whatever) is more suitable than just […]