Guide for Screencasting

ssnake33 | Video Capture | Published Oct 20, 2011

Let's say that you need to capture video from your own computer, and you don't know what tools to use for that, neither how is done or what to do. Don't worry! In this article I will explain you how to do a screencasting video.

First, get the idea.

What's the purpose of the video? 

Depending the use of the video is going to be the work involved to develope it. Is not the same to do a short film for school than to do a videocasting review, a vlog entry or a review for commercial purposes.

Many things are involved to produce a short film, such as developing a script, screenplay, storyboard, editing and other post production processes.

So, let's say that you need to do a video review.

The first thing will be to get the tool.

Get an open-source/free, screen casting software, there are many available at http://sourceforge.net

I use CamStudio, easy to use, simple and FREE. Go grab it from sourceforge

Any screencasting software will operate in a similar way. Once you've installed the application, open it and you will have a window with all the options and settings. 

1- Setup the folder where the video is going to be recorded.

Usually there's a "tools" or "options" tab in the menu, look for these settings and setup a desired folder where the output file will be recorded.

2- Setup the screen. You'll need to tell the program what size or what object will be recording. Many of the screencasting programs offer default values to these settings. You'll need to set it up so the settings cover the area where you will be showing your stuff. Most of them use settings like:

Capturing a selected window

Capturing a selected space in your desktop, which means that you will select the position and size of thearea to capture.

Capture the full screen size.

3- Verify the audio / video setup.

A lot of screencapture software will allow you to capture audio and video, also many will allow you toconfigure the audio source. Whether you need to record a narration or voice by mic, or music andsounds from the computer you will need to configure those options. 

3- Prepare the soon to be recorded material. 

Put everything in order before starting to capture video, if you want and have the time, make sometests before recording your actual video. If you're going to say something, try to read it a few timesso you know what you're talking about and you know the text so, no funny words will get in yourway. If you need to grab the audio from your board, then make sure all the settings are apropriatelyconfigured.

4- Make it happen!

Record your video and save it in your hard drive. When finished, open it in your favourite video editorif you're going to add effects, title editing, and so. If not, then just upload the content to yourfavourite video sharing site and good luck!

Here is a video test of CamStudio http://www.metatube.com/en/videos/79958-d04b/CamStudio-Test-screencapture/