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A number of Delhi faculty and staff produce "screencasts" - "a digital recording of computer screen output, also known as a video screen capture, often containing audio narration." (Wikipedia). Some of these producers use "Camtasia" (app. $180, see below)- or Jing (free) software for recording the screen.

How To:

The general process is this:

  1. Prepare the items you want to record on your screen, such as web pages, applications, etc.
  2. Prepare what you are going to say along with the video.
  3. Set up the first shot, by starting up the software and using the crosshairs to select a portion of the screen. (A good size to set it to is 640x480 or 720x480 pixels.) When using Jing, you can't move the crosshairs, so it's a good idea to select a portion of the screen that is near the middle or upper middle, wherever you'll be able to position the portion you want to record. Keep in mind that recording the entire screen is generally not a good idea because it will be too pixelated and hard to read. Each shot should be only 1 or 2 steps in the process of doing whatever you are doing. By setting up multiple short shots, the end result will be a more precise video with fewer pauses.
  4. Practice the first shot a time or two without recording, so you know exactly what you are going to say. Again, keep it short and simple, and be prepared to pause at the end of the first shot.
  5. Record the first shot, speaking as you show what is on your computer, making sure the viewer can see the important parts, then pause the recording.
  6. Set up the second shot, moving windows into the crosshairs as needed. Practice what you will say without recording, then record the second shot.
  7. Set up each succeeding shot, practice, and record.
  8. In the end, the result should be a 4-5 minute video that shows step by step exactly how to do whatever you are showing how to do.

Video How-Tos

How to Download and Set Up Jing - and Take Screen Capture Images:

How to Record Videos:

Camtasia Owners on Campus:





Clark Shah-Nelson




Patricia May?
































Others interested in purchasing or using:

  • Joan Erickson
  • Resnick Library
  • OTN
  • Peter Paluch

A couple free alternatives exist with limited functionality: