Monday, July 09, 2012

Screencast-O-Matic, now downloadable

Creating tutorials for a library module in a new online education course (very exciting) last month, I noticed Screencast-O-Matic is now downloadable for Windows PCs!  The Screencast-O-Matic download page provides general information, with accompanying screencast. The screencast, embedded below, details pro account login. Keep in mind, a pro account is not required to download and use the free version with the same usage stipulations as the online free version (length, editing, and watermark).

I downloaded Screencast-O-Matic to my work (Windows 7) and home (XP and Vista) computers. After successful installation, it is quick and simple, pin it to your start menu or create a shortcut on the desktop. Here's what I discovered:
  • Each time it's accessed, you are prompted to Enable Pro Features. Upgrade options detailed in the video are not part of the free download.
  • It is possible to continue using use the free version.
  • It tooks seconds to open the recording pane/screen, there was little time needed for the java to load.
  • Functions available are the same as the web version; record, adjust the microphone (or mute), select screen size, enable web cam, and close.
  • Finished screencasts may be uploaded to Screencast-O-Matic, published to existing YouTube accounts, or saved MP4 to your system.
Overall, it's the same great free product on my desktop that it is on the Screencast-O-Matic web site. I'm experiencing a bit of a conundrum; the beauty of using Screencast-O-Matic is I do not have to download anything to my computer to create screencasts. However, now I have viable options online and on my computer.

Now, if only I could use it on my iphone.

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