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Create a screencast with Screencast-O-Matic

Create a Screencast


How to create a screencast with Screencast-o-matic

Screencast-o-matic is a free online video maker that is very easy to use. This is a simple screen capture tool that allows you to record whatever is happening on your screen and narrate as its happening.  Some additional features are available in the pro version (a relatively inexpensive $1.50/month) such as video editing and enhancing, removing the watermark, and sharing and hosting options.

To get started

1.  Go to http://screencast-o-matic.com,

2.  Click ‘Start recording for free’, and in the Screen Recorder page, click ‘Launch free recorder’

3.  If you have a java-enabled browser* the recorder should launch automatically although you will have to grant permission for it to launch (the screenshot below requires you to select Open Screen Recorder Launcher).

Open Screen Recorder Launcher

4.  Choose whether you want to record your screen, your webcam, or both.

Record your screen

5.  The recording time is set to 15 mins max on the free version.

6.  Next, choose the size of your recording area. You can resize using the standard sizes on the drop down menu, or using the resizing points in inside the black and white frame..

7.  To record narration, choose your microphone from the options listed or choose ‘None’ to record without audio.

8.  Clicking Preferences opens some additional options including adding shortkeys. These can be useful to allow you to quickly control some features, e.g. pause the video using Alt+P.

9.  When you are ready to record, press the red Rec button. You will have a countdown and then the recording will start.

10. During recording you will see a blue Pause button and you can see your progress with the timer.

Saving your recording


When you press pause you will be given four options:


When you click ‘Done’ you will see a preview of your recording and you will have the option to save your file. The free version of Screencast-o-matic lets you

  • save the recording as a video file (in the commonly used MP4 file format),
  • upload to Screencast-o-matic to be hosted or
  • upload the video to Youtube.

You will need to create an account to have your file hosted by Screencast-o-matic and you will need a Google account to upload your video to Youtube or GoogleDrive.

If you plan to share your screencasts on Sulis, it is recommended that you upload directly to your YouTube or Google drive, where it can be shared as a link in Sulis.  Remember to change the privacy settings before uploading to Youtube.


Video 1:  How to use Screencast-o-matic


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