1. Decide upon a clear purpose for your screencast.
  • Identify your audience as this can dictate many aspects of the quality and direction of your screencast.
  • Just like a good lesson plan, consider what you want your audience to know or be able to do after viewing.
  • Storyboard or pre-write your lesson. Double check the steps.

2. Prepare the Stage
  • Think about what on your desktop you want to capture. Clear your desktop of distracting icons or windows.
  • Just capture what you want to show - crop off any extra real estate.
  • Don't capture more than a person can fit on their monitor. (no more than 1024x768, but 800x600 is safer).

3. Tell the Story in Scenes
  • Identify the breaks, transitions, and connections within your screencast carefully.
  • Remember that you can start over if you need to.
  • Determine if you need multiple scenes (a video editing program)

4. Careful Narration
  • Run through the cast with the script once or twice before recording.
  • Slowly and carefully
  • Follow the script. Don't confuse the message

Video Resources

Slow Down: The Basics from Screencast.com

Screencasting 101 - Basics Video
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Talk to your IT people about the best file format for your audience.