About this list
Screencasting is the process of recording what is shown on your screen as you narrate verbally to create a video that can be shared with others. Depending on how much control you want to have over length, editing, perfecting, special effects, you can choose free online tools (with some limitations) or pay for upgrades to online tools (for fewer limitations) or pay more for software to install on your computer (for maximum control and flexibility).
Tutorials and Tips on Screencasting
Helpful video from Screencast.com with tips on preparing and creating a screencast.
Tips from Screencast.com - has links to a couple of good video tutorials - one on slowing down and one on getting better audio quality.
Software and web-based tools for creating screencasts
"One-click screen capture recording on Windows or Mac computers with no install for FREE!" or "You can download and install the Screencast-O-Matic application on your Mac with OSX 10.6 or later." With free version, there is a watermark, a 15-minute limit and no editing tools - features taken care of in the $15/year pro version.
"Screenr is a web-based tool that lets you create screencasts without installing any software. You just click the record button and your screen activity is recorded along with narration from your microphone. Screenr then publishes your screencast in high-definition Flash format. Screenr makes it easy to share your screencast on Twitter, YouTube or anywhere else on the web. Even iPhone users can view your screencast."
FREE - with Jing you can capture an image of what you see on your computer screen and mark up your screenshot with a text box, arrow, highlight or picture caption. Can also record what you do on the screen. Jing will capture everything that happens in that area. From simple mouse movements to a fully narrated tutorial, Jing records everything you see, and do. Jing videos are limited to five minutes and can be uploaded to Screencast.com.
With a free Jing account, you automatically are allowed 2GB of storage at Screencast.com for swf files recorded in Jing. This is an okay alternative to youtube for the file type (swf) generated by the free version of Jing AS LONG AS YOU DON'T NEED CAPTIONS!
Snag any image and enhance it with effects, or create a quick video of your computer screen with no time restrictions. Then share your creations instantly with anyone. Free 30-day trial available.
Separate products for Mac ($$) and Windows ($$$) - you can download a free 30-day trial. Allows you to record your screen and import camera video, music, photos, and more to customize your screen recordings. Video editor to edit your recordings and customize with themes, animated backgrounds, graphics, callouts, and more.Choose from a variety of outputs to easily share videos that your viewers can watch anywhere, on nearly any device.
Good enough for playing around, but can only record full screen, and quality and ability to edit, caption, and upload is limited.
Manual to accompany microphone/headsets available for checkout from CRC.