Do It Yourself Video Recording

Recordings of yourself or your computer screen can enhance any class. To help you get started, we tested a dozen screencasting applications and have software recommendations for the most common situations. And for whatever technology you decide to use, there are a couple of tips to keep in mind. Have a look!

Video 2, "DIY video recording technical tips" will be located here.

Screencasting software test

The selection below is based on our testing of many applications. This short list is for people who'd like to jump in and get something done right away. We've honed the list for quality and ease of use, with preference given to applications supported by the university.

Software Shortlist

  • PowerPoint
    • PowerPoint has a pen tool for annotating while recording. If you are working on a PC, you will need nothing but PowerPoint to screencast a presentation created in PowerPoint. After recording a presentation, simply export to video.  The Mac and iPad versions currently have problems when exporting to video, but you can still record a PP presentation by using another application to record the screen and audio while presenting.
  • Kaltura Capture
    • Kaltura Capture is only one of the functions of Kaltura. Kaltura is a video hosting platform like YouTube but private to the University Community. Any video you make can be uploaded to it, but unlike YouTube, the general public will not see it.  Videos hosted on Kaltura are easily integrated into Canvas.  Kaltura is supported by the University so technical help is available. Kaltura Capture also has a pen tool for annotating while recording! And a whiteboard feature. It can be set to record both the screen and your face simultaneously, and there are editing tools available once it has been uploaded to your personal Media Space so you can trim up the clip, edit out stumbles, and switch back and forth from screen to face if you like.  People using Kaltura at Penn State
  • Screencast-O-Matic
    • Screencast-O-Matic is a free, easy to use application anyone can download. You can record the screen or the computer’s camera with it.  It is recommended here for anyone wanting something simpler than Kaltura because of its decent audio quality and consistent audio/visual synchronization. There is a 15 minute limit on the length of a recording.
  • Explain Everything
    • Explain Everything is an inexpensive whiteboard application with pen tools. It can be used to draw on a plain background while recording voice or images, and even entire presentations can be imported and then annotated while recording. It is compatible for iPad and PC but not currently for Mac.
  • InkToGo
    • InkToGo is an inexpensive application that is available to anyone for download. It has a pen tool for annotating over anything on the screen, so it is a good option for annotating over an application that does not have its own pen tool. And it also has a whiteboard.
  • Camera applications that come with hardware
    • Camera applications that come with smartphones, iPads and computers are an option to remember for recording yourself on camera. YouTube has a phone app to trim clips and directly upload to YouTube. Remember to turn off comments to avoid trolls.
  • Screen recording functions that come with hardware 
    • The recording function that is part of iPads and Macs (with Mojave) are convenient and easy.  Just remember to turn the internal microphone on.
  • Snagit
    • Snagit is an inexpensive application that is available to anyone for download. It will record the screen and your face at the same time. It is included here due to its easy to use editing feature to trim a clip, take out stumbles, and switch back and forth from screen to face. Although the audio/visual synchronization is not reliable, it is not noticeable when recording the screen and might be fine for recording yourself on camera depending on the duration of the clip and the hardware used. If the editing feature of Kaltura Capture gives you trouble, give this one a try.

Software selection is based on hardware and the situation. Six common scenarios are presented in the tables below:

Scenario 1: Full Screen Talking Head
Scenario 2: Record a Presentation, Text, or an Image
Scenario 3: Annotate a Presentation or an Image While Recording
Scenario 4: Draw with a Whiteboard Application
Scenario 5: Demonstrate the Use of an Application
Scenario 6: Record Audio and a Physical Document or Sketch

Scenario 1: Full Screen Talking Head

talking head
Hardware Software for recording video option 1 Other Software options

PC with mic (or usb mic)

KALTURA CAPTURE

Camera feature of Windows 10

Mac with mic KALTURA CAPTURE PHOTO BOOTH
iPad 

Camera app has video (Restart the iPad if the picture and audio are not in sync. This has been a common problem)

 
Smartphone!

Camera app has video 

 

Scenario 2: Record a Presentation, Text, or an Image

Record a Presentation, Text, or an Image

Hardware

 Screencasting if presentation is a PowerPoint

Screencasting non PowerPoint presentations

PC with mic (or usb mic)

POWERPOINT ONLY (Export as video .mp4)

 KALTURA CAPTURE, SCREENCASTOMATIC, SNAGIT

Mac with mic

KALTURA CAPTURE (will also capture your face)

With Mojave, Shift-Comand-5 will record the screen. SCREENCASTOMATIC, SNAGIT

iPad

Screen recording function of iPad (with microphone enabled)

EXPLAIN EVERYTHING (import images)

Scenario 3: Annotate a Presentation or an Image While Recording

Annotating = writing or drawing with a pen on a tablet or touchscreen. Software with a pen feature is required. More than one application is often needed to produce an annotated presentation.

annotation>

Hardware

 screencasting if presentation is a PowerPoint

Screencasting options

for use with non PowerPoint presentations

PC with mic (or usb mic), and tablet or pen display

POWERPOINT ONLY (Pen tool in PP Export as video)

 

Surface type touchscreen computer

POWERPOINT ONLY (Pen tool in PP Export as video)KALTURA CAPTURE with its pen tool

Mac with mic, and tablet or pen display

KALTURA CAPTURE (Pen tool in PP or Kaltura)

Shift-Comand-5 (with Mojave opperating system),  SCREENCAST-O-MATIC, or SNAGIT if the application housing the images has a pen feature.  INKTOGO or Kaltura Capture if it doesn’t.

iPad

Screen recording function of ipad (with microphone enabled)

EXPLAIN EVERYTHING (import images)

Scenario 4: Draw with a Whiteboard Application

Need to record audio and the computer screen with a layer of handwriting done with a pen tool.

whiteboard
 

Hardware

Software for screencasting option 1

Other Software options

PC with mic (or usb mic), and tablet or pen display

KALTURA CAPTURE

EXPLAIN EVERYTHING, INKTOGO.  Or, there are drawing software and whiteboard/annotating apps that don’t record, for example Desk Scribble, Illustrator, Photoshop, Onenote, but the recording could be done with another app like KALTURA or the recording feature of the computer

Surface type touchscreen computer with mic

KALTURA CAPTURE same as above

Mac with mic, and tablet or pen display

KALTURA CAPTURE

INKTOGO (has a pen feature).  Or, there are drawing software and whiteboard/annotating apps that don’t record, for example Desk Scribble, Illustrator, Photoshop, Onenote, but the recording could be done with another app like KALTURA or the recording feature of the computer

iPad

EXPLAIN EVERYTHING

Any drawing app combined with the screen recording function of iPad (with microphone enabled)

 

Scenario 5: Demonstrate the Use of an Application

demonstrate

 

Hardware

Software for screencasting option 1

Other Software options

PC with mic (or usb mic)

KALTURA CAPTURE

 SCREENCAST-O-MATIC, SNAGIT, INKTOGO

Mac with mic KALTURA CAPTURE Shift-Comand-5 (with Mojave opperating system),SCREENCAST-O-MATIC, SNAGIT, INKTOGO

 

Scenario 6: Record Audio and a Physical Document or Sketch

 

Hardware

Software for screencasting 

Smartphone

Video function of photo app

Document camera This is a camera on a stand that is plugged into a computer.  Will do a nicer job than a phone. Software comes with device. Usually they record audio with  using the computer's internal mic or usb mic.