Tagged With screencasting

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If you're the family tech support, you probably have to record the occasional screencast to show people how to troubleshoot. Chances are, you don't need special screencasting software just for that. Digital Inspiration shows a clever way to just use YouTube.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Mac: Screencasts usually require heavy software, but Screenmailer is a lightweight tool that makes recording and sharing your screencasts easy. The app runs in the menu bar, records your screen and voice on command, and uploads your recording while you make it. When it's done, it's ready to share.

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Mac OS X is full of ways to record your screen, with a tool built in to Quicktime Player and a vast number of third-party apps. Among the many tools, Screenflow is easily our top choice. It's fast, feature-rich, handles everything about the screencasting process from start to finish, and doubles as possibly the best simple video-editing application on the Mac.

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In some cases, the best way to illustrate something happening on your screen is to show someone. Whether you want to train people on a particularly difficult program or show everyone how to fix a problem you've run into before, recording a screencast is an easy way to do it. Thankfully, there are plenty of applications that let you record your screen, save the video, and share it with friends.

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Trying to diagnose computer issues remotely is really hard unless you can see what's actually going on. The next time your someone needs your help with their computer, point them to ShowMeWhatsWrong and have them take a quick screencast.

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Thanks to broadband and some excellent screencasting applications, you don't need to limit yourself to mere static images when you're trying to show someone how to do something on your computer. Record video, audio and do even more with these screencasting tools.

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Windows only: Freeware screencasting application Community Clips records screencasts of your Office software in action. Developed by Microsoft, Community Clips integrates with the quick access toolbars of Word, Excel, and Powerpoint so you can quickly record a quick demonstration or an audio/video version of a PowerPoint presentation with one click. We've featured several screencasting applications in the past, but Community Clips' Office integration makes it perfect for anyone needing to do a quick demonstration in your Office app of choice. Community Clips is freeware, Windows only.

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Windows only: Freeware application Debut records video from any source—like your computer's webcam or your desktop—to a number of popular file formats. Once you've recorded a video, Debut makes it easy to automatically share the results over the internet via email or by uploading them to an FTP server. I'm still a big fan of previously mentioned Jing for quickly recording and sharing screencasts, but Debut's added webcam abilities add a useful new element, and it's got an impressive toolbox of features to boot. Debut is lightweight freeware, Windows only.

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Windows Only: Record free screencasts with the robust, freeware screen recording utility uTIPu. uTIPu includes the ability to both record audio and draw on your screencasts, and even has left and right click indicators to really help your viewer follow along. In addition, free accounts with 250 MB of storage are available for uploading and storing your screencasts. Perfect for sending a tutorial to a relative or recording your mad desktop rearranging skills for posterity. Above is a screencast created with uTIPu demonstrating, you guessed it, how to use uTIPu!

uTIPu: Freeware Screencaster