Although there are many tools that let you create narrated presentations, such as Camtasia or Screenflow, we decided on Screencast-O-Matic (SOM) as our tool of choice in the SoN. There are several reasons that motivated this choice: first, SOM is very easy to use – all it takes to begin recording is just a few clicks of a mouse; second, it works on both Windows and OS X computers, and can record anything that is visible on the computer screen, so regardless of whether you use PowerPoint or Keynote, or just want to show students an interesting website, recording is easy; third, it offers simple but quite effective editing tools that allow instructors to trim and cut sections of a recording (for example, a mistake), without having to start over every time; and fourth, while it offers the features we need, it is affordable – we were able to purchase sufficient amount of SOM licenses to make it available to all instructors!
If you are interested in using SOM, please schedule an appointment with Tim Piatt for a brief one-on-one demo session, and to get access information. We also have brand new microphone headsets that should make recording your presentations on your computer easier and offer good sound quality – if you plan or recording your course materials, please stop by to pick your headset from Tim Piatt or George Jura. Please note that the access information for the Pro version SOM is intended only for instructors’ use (it is not available to students – please do not share your access information with students).
If you’d like to make recording a screencast an assignment for your students, they can use a free-access version of SOM, which has slightly limited editing features, and produces watermarked (but fully functional) video.
While we hope that SOM will offer more flexibility and convenience to SoN instructors, if you prefer to record narrated presentations at the media lab using Camtasia, this option is also still available at Cooper Hall, and you can schedule an appointment to do so.
Screencast-O-Matic How-to Videos
- Very quick demo on how to start screen recording with Screencast-O-Matic:
- Basic intro to using the Edit Tools:
- Tutorial on the options for saving to a video file:
Image credit: Microphone by Marko Poplasen / Shutterstock