The use of video is rising, but it can be intimidating for beginners.
Thankfully, screencasts make video creation more approachable. If you’re eager to use more video in presentations, tutorials, webinars or even emails, screencasts are a great place to start.
Regardless of your goal, project or strategy, screencasting makes it easy to dip your toe into video. It’s a great tool for anyone who wants to show—instead of tell—and it’s a cinch to get started.
Follow these five easy steps:
1. Choose your screen recording software.
First, decide which software to use. There are plenty to choose from. For greatest ease, get a screencasting tool that also has a built-in video editor. Using a screen recorder and editor together makes creating screencasts much simpler.
2. Prepare yourself (and your screen) for recording.
Always tidy up your screen before showing it off in your recording.
If you have a distracting, confusing or unprofessional desktop wallpaper, swap it out. Also, turn off any notifications. You’d hate to get a zany email forward from Ed in accounting right in the middle of your recording.
If your screencast is more than a few seconds long, it’s wise to script what you’re going to say and do onscreen .
3. Record your screen.
Do you want to record a full screen or just a region? Choose what part of the screen you’d like to record, and make sure your audience will be able to see what you’re doing.
The system audio and microphone should record by default. To record the audio, click the audio dropdown to select your microphone or audio device. Make sure the audio device is on and connected.
Take a quick sample recording to test the audio. If you have low volume, use the slider to increase the audio level.
4. Tweak your recording.
If you recorded the perfect take, congrats. If you want to take another swing at it, don’t be intimidated by the editing process. If you said “um” too many times, just click the “Edit” feature and trim away unwanted parts.
You can also spruce up your audio with various effects.
5. Save and share your screencast
Now it’s time to share your good work. You can send your video straight to the web (to YouTube or Vimeo, etc.) or host it as a local file (MP4 file) on your computer.
A version of this post first appeared on the TechSmith blog.