How To Record Your Screen on Mac or Windows with Screencast-o-matic
March 24, 2021
Kimberly Ann Jimenez,
Digital Strategist & Founder
If you’re on a budget and you’re figuring out the best tool to record your screen on a Windows or a Mac in a way that’s easy and efficient, then Screencast-O-Matic is for you, my friend.
Today, I’m going to walk you through my favorite tool. Let’s get into it.
#1 RECORDER SET UP
To start recording your screen, click on record, and that’ll launch the Recorder.
You will see that you can change the dimensions whether you want to record in 1080p or make it smaller, maybe something 720p.
If you don’t need to record the whole screen, you can also custom edit the size and record whatever size you would like, which is super helpful.
And then, of course, you can select the Narration.
Make sure that you’re selecting the right microphone. You can have a look at the List of microphones available. And if you click on a specific microphone, you can auto-adjust your volume, test the recording, and play it back to make sure that it sounds good and prep yourself for recording.
Now you also have the ability to record your computer audio, which comes really handy if you’re doing things like showing a video or you want to include some more multimedia options in your recording.
Record Webcam or Both (Screen and Webcam)
Next, you want to select whether or not you want to show your screen and your webcam or just your webcam.
So you can click on ‘Webcam’ to just show your webcam, or click on ‘Both’, to have both your webcam as well as your computer screen on the recording.
#2 START RECORDING
Let’s go ahead and record our screen.
Here, you can go around and kind of play about with all the different options you can do in your recording, which is fantastic.
One of the things I love about Screencast-O-Matic is the ability to ‘Pause’ your recording. And continue the recording wherever you left off, which is super handy if you mess up or if you want to go back and fix something.
You can pause the recording, go back to the previous section, you can select wherever you would like to restart the recording, and then click on the Truncate Recording.
Then the recording will keep going forward wherever it is that you decided that you wanted to re-record.
Once you’re done with your recording, you can hit Stop and then Done. And you can select whether you want to save and upload it.
#3 EDIT VIDEO
So here is a Screencast-O-Matic editor, it’s super awesome because you get to choose from a variety of tools.
There’s a Hide tool where you can decide to hide the cursor during a portion of the video. And once you hit OK. You’ll see that the cursor will not show up in that part of the video. So that’s super awesome.
Other tools like the Cut tool come really in handy as well. With it, you can drag what part of the recording you want to delete.
Now, if you want to go back, you can just hit the Ctrl+Z to undo your work. And you can also select Preview so you can see what the video would sound and look like.
Again super handy if you’re editing on the go. There’s a ton of other tools that you can choose from. From Cut, Copy, Hide, Insert, Narrate, Overlay, Replace, Speed, Transition to Volume.
Now, just like any other tool, there are limitations to what you can do with Screencast-O-Matic, particularly in the editor, but it’s still awesome to create quick and simple recordings that are not super elaborate.
#4 HOST THE VIDEO
The last feature I want to show you is the ability to host the videos. And this is an excellent feature if you’re creating internal training that requires you to share this with a team member.
You can upload directly to Screencast-O-Matic your recording, update the recording title, hit publish, and it’ll give you a link that you can share with someone else.
But Screencast-O-Matic is not limited to just publishing or uploading directly from the tool to wherever you want to host it. It can upload to Vimeo, and it could upload to Google Docs, Dropbox, you name it.
If you’re curious about the price point, you can get started with their free editor; it will have a watermark. But I think it’s a great place to get an idea of what the essential tool entails.
OVER TO YOU
So that’s it! If you want to see more of these #TeaTorials, please leave a comment below. You can try Screencast-O-Matic for free. Let me know below.
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