Screencast

Hey Guys I have recently been making videos about using Microsoft Word. I made 2 videos and used two different applications to record, these applications are Screencast-O-Matic, and Screencastify. Both of these applications were good considering that they were free, but one of them is outright better than the other.

First lets start with how to access these applications. Screencast-O-Matic is downloaded by going to their website, and then downloading the application and it then opens up the application and gives you the option for recording. Screencastify on the other hand is obtained from the Chrome store, and after downloading it, it appears on the top right of your browser. When you click the icon, it gives you the options for recording.

Record the video in both of these applications is pretty different. Screencastify after you click the record option asks you which screen you want to record, and whether you want to have a webcam or not, and then when it launches, it shows a nearly transparent tab on the bottom right which indicates when the recording will start and how long it is. This in my opinion is a shortcoming, since it makes it hard to see how long your video is while your concentrating on your video, and makes it hard to find the stop button. Screencast-O-Matic on the other hand is much more user friendly, when it opens it clearly asks if you want to record the entire screen or just a part of it, it also gives the option of having a webcam. While recording, the tab is much easier to see, making it easier to see the time and be able to stop the recording.

After recording, both of these applications save the video. Screencastify saves the video to your google drive, if you’re signed in. Then you can use the video and upload it to YouTube manually if you want, which what I did. Screencast-O-Matic directly gives you the option to upload the video to YouTube, as long as you’re logged in.

Screenshot From my Computer

Overall, I would say that Screencast-O-Matic is much better, since it doesn’t really require you to have the browser open and is much more user friendly while recording. It also is much more convenient since you could record your video even if you don’t have internet, while Screencastify would require you to have the browser open.  Screencast-O-Matic also has the option to choose which part of your screen you want to use, which makes it much more convenient.

 

 

Have any of you made a video using a similar application? If so, which one do you like best?

Here are my videos:

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One thought on “Screencast

  1. I prefer screencast-o-matic as well. I like that you can adjust the screen that you will be recording, that it allows for 15 minutes of recording and that you can pause and rewind the live recording if you make a mistake. I have used Screencastify a few times in recent weeks and the thing I dislike the most is that you can’t see how long your recording is (at least not that I noticed anywhere). I do like that it saves to Google Drive automatically though.

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