Screencast-O-Matic is a software that can be used to record your screen. This is useful in a variety of scenarios, from tutorial videos to narrated presentations. The free version of this software is available for both Mac and Windows and will allow you to record videos up to 15 minutes in length with a watermark in the corner. Advanced features are available for a monthly fee, but are usually unneeded in most cases.
To install Screencast-O-Matic, navigate to their website here. Follow the download links for the free version and walk through the installation and follow the default recommendations. Once you have this installed, you are ready to start recording your screen.
Recording your Screen
- Open the content that you wish to record on your computer. You’ll be recording your monitor as if it were a projector screen in a classroom, so adjust your chosen content accordingly.
- If you want to record your voice to narrate your presentation or other content, it is recommended that you use an external microphone. While most laptops have microphones built-in, it is recommended that you use a USB microphone or set of headphones or earbuds that have a built-in microphone. These external devices will usually give more clarity to your voice in your recording than you could achieve with a built-in device mic. Plug in this microphone before starting the software if you elect to use one.
- Open the previous Screen-O-Matic file that you downloaded that contains the screen recording software. This is likely in your Downloads folder.
- You will now see an overlay on your screen. This rectangle can be adjusted to encapsulate a specific part of your screen that you would like to record. If you prefer to capture your entire screen, you can adjust the Size preference as shown below to Fullscreen. Active Window will record the window that you are currently working in through your presentation, such as an open web browser window or PowerPoint window.
- In the menu, be sure to select your microphone that you wish to use. You can test to see if this device is picking up your voice beforehand with the audio level bars next to the narration tab in the Screencast-O-Matic menu.
- Once you have adjusted these various settings, you are ready to start your screen recording. Click the red “Rec” button to start recording. Once you are finished, click the pause button and then “Done” to save your video. Your screen capture will appear on your screen in a new window. Click “Save As Video File” to save the file to your computer. Select a folder and filename to save to, and then click the green “Publish” button.
- Upload your video file to your Google Drive by dragging and dropping or New > File Upload and selecting your file. Once this file is in your Google Drive, you can share it in multiple ways.
Sharing a Screen Recording with a Link
- Your video can be shared with a simple link that you can email to students or add to your page in Canvas. First, find your video in Google Drive, right-click on it and select Share.
- On the new popup panel, click “Get shareable link”. This will copy the link to your video. From here, you can paste the link into any Canvas page or email message of your choice.
Advanced: Sharing a Screen Recording through Embedding an iframe
- Embedding an iframe of your video is something that can be done in a Canvas page that let students view your video without leaving the page. This will create a video player with your video directly in your page. To do this, first follow the above steps to get a shareable link of your video.
- Navigate to this shareable link. In this window, click the three vertical dots in the top right corner and click Embed item.
- In this window, select all the text and copy it to your clipboard.
- In Canvas, open up the page that you want to embed your video into. Go into editing mode on this page. In the top right corner, click HTML Editor.
- Paste the iframe code on your clipboard before or after the text in the HTML Editor. If you are more familiar with HTML, you can insert your iframe code somewhere in the middle of your page between lines of text. Once you have placed your code in the editor, click on Rich Content Editor to see your embedded video. Save your page in Canvas using the blue button on the bottom right.
- Your video should now be embedded in your page. Click on the play button to view your recording without leaving your Canvas page.