Monday, August 13, 2007

How I do a screencast

From video to print:


  1. To create a video recording of a computer screen and application
  2. To compress the video and upload it to popular video publishing services
  3. To transcribe the audio in the video to text on a wiki
  4. To create a series of still images from that video and combine them with text to create a print version

How to

A video that overviews this particular method of screencast can be found at the following links:

And still images for these steps are yet to be added to the Wiki page but are here for now:

  1. Download Camstudio (Free and open source for Windows)
  2. Download ScreenHunter free (freeware)
  3. Download Videora iPod converter (freeware)
  4. Download iPod Video Converter (shareware)
  5. Search "camstudio" on youtube and find and watch a demo on using Camstudio
  6. Search "screenhunter" on youtube or Screencasting blog and find and watch demo on using ScreenHunter.
  7. Search "videora" on youtube and find and watch a demo on how to use Videora iPod converter
  8. Create a screen recording using Camstudio
  9. Create a series of still images from the video using ScreenHunter
  10. Compress the video using Videora iPod converter
  11. Create an account with Youtube, and Google video
  12. Upload the compressed video using HeySpreadit! Update. Heyspread now charges a fee. Use
  13. Upload the still images to Wikieducator and position the images in a new wikipage named according to your screenrecording
  14. Transcribe the audio in the video to text on the wikipage and include a link to the video on Youtube.


umesh arya said...

pls tell me how did u post this video to the blog. i have made screen cast but don't know in which format to load. avi is too heavy. flash has two files. pls help
umesh arya
gj university

Leigh said...

Hi Umesh.

I use our youtube to upload these movies. Both services give you a very easy option to embed the movie in your blog.

Liz said...

hi - was wondering if you know of any sites that do video sharing for a closed user group (e.g., for corporate business training). Thanks. Liz (from UK)

Jason said...

There's another option for screencasting now:
Awesome free software to do screen casts. Publish to the freescreencast site with one click, and then embed into your blog or website.

You can also just save the flash screen codec .FLV file to your computer to do with what you want.

The special part about is they use a video encoding specific to screencasts. The whole thing is geared towards the specific needs of screencasting.

Liz, might also be able to help you with your closed user group hosting needs, you can email them at

Alasdair Rae said...

Very interesting blog. I'm also a keen screencaster in educational setting. I've used Camstudio successfully in the past but now use Camtasia, but for the price ($0!) Camstudio is great. I'll come back again to see what you're up to. Presume you're in Australia - hope it's nice and sunny there; cold and wet in England (strangely).

Alasdair Rae said...

Please forgive my stupidity. I'm a Scot living in England so I should know better than to mix up NZ and that other country.

Leigh Blackall said...

Hi Alasdair, well actually I am an Australian living in New Zealand, but surrounded by Scots in a town called Dunedin! Funny that.

Ever since started charging for their wonderful little service, I was forced to choose between and Youtube for videos. Blip is great because you can automatcally set it so that it wil post to your blog. But my screenrecordings are rough and ready, so probably more useful on Youtube.. so I ended up loading screencasts to Youtube which doesn't have the auto blog feature. Actually it doesn't have a 1/4 of the features that Blip has. Seeing my blog again makes me want to chuck the youtube idea and stick with Blip.

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