Screen Recording

Screen recording

Recording what happens on your screen as a video is called a “screencast”. Screencasts are an easy way to create small videos of e.g. demonstrating software, programming code, or even annotation of other content if combined with digitals pens, wacom pads, tablet PC’s etc.


Typically a screencast is made with an installed piece of software on your computer. Alternatively, it can be done with external hardware grabbing the output of your VGA or DVI port on the computer. When using software for screencasting, you can often record simultaneous audio and webcam picture. A screencast is usually not filmed by a physical video camera pointed to the screen. Typically screencasts are distributed as a videofile or embedded in a flash player. Different use-scenarios could be: 

  • Software demonstrations: Any demonstration of software is made very well with a screencast.
  • Teaching of programming concepts: Programming concepts which typically can be shown in a software environment are prime candidates for screencasts too.
  • Recording of pencasts: Pencasts made with Oxford Paper Show, Nobo Kapture Flipchart, a Tablet PC etc. all requires the use of a screenrecorder like Screenflow.
  • Commenting on homework: Screencasts can even be used to offer feedback on students’ homework. Cases of such use is known from University of Copenhagen.