This page includes resources for creating screencasts and the software options. Screencasts (or screen-recordings) are a powerful way to capture your PowerPoint presentations, walk students through your UTSOnline site or to create simple how to videos for your subject. Screen casting is a way to capture anything you do on screen.
Echo360 Personal Capture (Echo360 PCAP) is the main supported application for screen recording on Windows. There are two main limitations of using Echo 360 PCAP that you need to be aware of:
- Echo360 PCAP can only be installed on UTS owned computers due to licencing restrictions
- Videos recorded in Echo360 PCAP should be uploaded to Kaltura for staff and students to view. Uploading to the Echo360 platform is restricted to staff currently lecturing in the Guthrie lecture theatre
Echo360 PCAP can be installed via the UTS Software Centre, the icon for which can be found on the desktop of your computer. Please call the UTS IT Support centre on extension 2222 if you require help installing Echo360 PCAP.
Apple QuickTime is the recommended application for creating a Screencast (screen recording) on recent Apple computers. QuickTime comes pre-installed.
There are dedicated screen recording/screencast applications with more features and capabilities, but these are not free, not supported by ITD and can only be installed on computers on which you have full admin access. Recommendations include simple tools like Voila (Apple) and Snagit (Apple/Windows) or full-featured tools like Screenflow (Apple) and Camtasia (Apple/Windows). These can all be purchased with education discounts.
Using Echo360 Personal Capture
In this how-to video Echo360 is explained (please ignore references to “logging in” if you are only using Echo360 for desktop capture on your own workstation. ‘Login’ is only for academics using the large lecture capture features of Echo360 in Guthrie Theatre).
Lynda.com Screencasting Course
Lynda.com has some excellent resources on Screencasting.
An excellent course in Screencasting Fundamentals is available here.
Use your UTS ID and password to log into Lynda.com.
It gives a good overview of concepts to think of and also shows examples of different software like Camtasia, Captivate and more.
Video Matters Webinar
A ‘Video Matters’ webinar created by IML Learning Technologist Mark O’Connor is available here.
Scroll forward to view the following points
1.30 – logging into your UTS YouTube account
5.00 – Creating a webcam video within YouTube
6.00 – Examples of sound recording with headsets and laptop mic
8.40 – Uploading to your YouTube account
12.00 – Embedding a video into UTSOnline
17.00 – A word about Vimeo.com
17.30 – Analytics in YouTube, downloading statistics reports
23.00 – Touchcast for iPad
30.00 – Editing in YouTube
40.00 – Echo360
Touchcast for PC/iPad
For iPad and PC, the following video runs through using the Touchcast app which is available from touchcast.com
This program/app provides useful tools such as green-screen, pen casting and tele-promt to help you make professional looking videos.