Record screencasts with QuickTIme: Monday Productivity Pointers

Published by | Monday, July 22nd, 2013

This week on Monday Productivity Pointers, I’ll cover a popular request: how to record a video of what’s happening on your computer screen with narration, commonly referred to as a screencast.

There are many uses for a screencast. Maybe you’d like to record your own tutorial videos, or you’ve discovered a handy new trick on your computer and would like to share it with your friends online via social media. In today’s Monday Productivity Pointers video, I’ll show you how to use the freely available QuickTime Player to create a simple screencast recording with voice-over narration. To follow along, all you’ll need is a Mac and a either a headset or a standard microphone.

In the second, members-only video, I’ll demonstrate the same on Windows systems. If you’re on Windows, QuickTime Player isn’t an option, but there are other free tools you can use to create screencasts on your platform. I’ll focus on CamStudio, a popular and comparable Windows screencasting utility.

I suggest when trying this at home that you stay away from recording in open spaces. Stay away from dining rooms and kitchens that often feature hard, reflective surfaces, which create echo. Avoid recording in conference rooms; if you’ve ever attended a conference call via speaker phone, you’re probably well aware of how hard it can be to hear under those conditions. Even when using a quality headset microphone, you’ll be surprised at how much your voice can echo, so a small room is usually your best choice for screencasting.

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