4 Tools to Easily Create Screencasts

What are screencasts? They can be several things, from a simple video made of screencaps strung together, to an animated presentation or even just a teleprompter. No matter what incarnation it takes, one thing is for sure: it is a useful tool.

A common misconception about screencasts is that you need any specific kind of skill to make one. It is deceptively simple, and it really comes down to the tools you use, and a few tips on how to make them correctly.

1. Windows Live Movie Maker

Windows Live Movie Maker

Free, user friendly and very easy to use, Windows Live Movie Maker is one of the most popular tools for creating screencasts and full videos alike. One reason it is so popular is because it can make something viewable in any format. With the prevalence of mobile devices for viewing content, this is a major plus. You can create screencasts compatible with your iPhone or Android, for example. If you want to try something really simple to start out with, use this tool to take a series of screencaps, then string them together and add a voice over or music.

2. ScreencastOMatic

ScreencastOMatic

This is a handy little tool for anyone who wants to make either a screencast or just an animated gif, without having to download anything. It works in your browser, making it more efficient for simple work. It is also free. Of course, it is pretty limited in features. They do have a pro version, which is helpful is you need something professional looking and based on more advanced settings. It is $15 for a year, which is worth the money if you are going to use it regularly. Keep in mind that the free version stamps a big old logo right on the corner of the video.

3. SmartClose

ScreencastOMatic

While it isn’t technically for making screencasts, I would still say this (or a similar software) is crucial. It closes all of your open programs running unnecessarily in the background, all at once. Why is that important? Because there is nothing worse than being in the middle of a screencast, and having something pop up as a notification from some program. It is unprofessional, annoying and completely preventable.

4. Powerpoint

Powerpoint

With a free trial that lets you try it out without paying, it is worth downloading Powerpoint. You might be thinking that it can offer you nothing but a cheesy slide show. But not enough people know about the animation tab. It gives you a motions path that lets you create something more unique and advanced. Of course, it won’t be the more intricate screencast on the web, but it is great for the beginner who would like a safety net and something more familiar to get them started. Microsoft is well known for creating user friendly programs, after all.

Conclusion

It isn’t that difficult to create a screencast. All it takes it a little practice and the right tools, and you will be making your own to share in no time. These four applications are only some of the relevant ones you can find on the web. But in my opinion, they are the best.

What software do you use? Let us know in the comments.

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