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Creating screencasts

A screencast is a digital recording of a computer screen with narration. They are also known as screen recordings or video screen captures. Screencasts are commonly used for creating tutorials, training videos and recorded presentations and for providing audio-visual feedback on assignments (or other types of written work).

It doesn't really matter what software you use to create a screencast, but the important thing to remember is to save your screencast as an .mp4 file as this is the most widely accessible format. Here are some software options to consider:

PowerPoint eStream

Microsoft Stream

Echo360 Blackboard Collaborate

NB: Recording on Apple devices will often produce a .mov file which is usually only accessible on other Apple devices. There is software available to convert .mov files into .mp4 files. Further information is available here:

It is good practice to close any browser windows or software that you do not intend to record before you start recording. This will prevent you from recording something by accident (such as private emails!) You should also turn off any pop-up notifications which can detract from the professionalism of the final screencast.

Other screencasting software

If your school has its own screencasting software (e.g. Camtasia, Jing or Snagit), feel free to use that instead of the Warwick suggestions above. Alternatively see below for further information about some free screencasting tools for teachers: