Screencasting From You Mac

Screencasting or recording your MacBook’s screen is a great way to get your ideas across. There are many different ways to screencast. We’ll outline some of the ways to do it. Before we begin there are three things we have to plan for:

  1. Recording your screen
  2. Editing you video
  3. Posting your video where students can access it

Recording Your Screen

There are lots of options here but for the sake of simplicity we will limit (for now) our recommendations.

Microsoft Teams

You can create a recording directly into Teams as a Teams Meeting. James Rong is on the IT Team at AISG. He has a well thought out post on the topic.

QuickTime Player

QuickTime Player comes with your MacBook and it makes recording your screen straightforward. Also, it has the ability to record just your voice and for all you budding YouTube stars, you can record yourself with your Mac’s camera! Here’s a link that explains how to screencast with QuickTime Player.

Tip: I like to use my Apple headphones to record the audio when I screencast—the ones with the microphone on the cable. Because the microphone is closer to my mouth I find the audio a little bit better. More importantly the sound of the keys clicking is quite loud if I use the MacBook’s built-in microphone. You don’t have to use headphones and they don’t have to be fancy ones. Any external microphone will help with the clicking.

Editing

Try to avoid editing! It’s a huge time suck. You can spend hours editing your screencast only to find your students zoom though it in a couple of minutes. Trust me, they won’t notice your fancy titles or Spielbergesque transitions.

You want your screencasts to be clear and concise. Edit with that in mind if you decide to edit.

MS Teams

There’s no editing to be done! Once you record your screencast it goes directly to Microsoft Stream (their video server). You don’t need to do any editing.

Quicktime Player

You can do basic editing right in QuickTime Player. Here’s how.

iMovie

You can pull your video into iMovie and edit to your hearts content.

Tip: Make sure you crop your video to Fit the screen. iMovie expects you are editing a video for a TV screen which has a 16:9 aspect ratio. Your Mac is not 16:9 so you’ll need to crop your video to fit the screen.

Posting Your Videos

Microsoft Stream is built in to Office 365 so all students can view videos that are posted there. It is a bit like YouTube but only for our school. This makes it a good option for screencasts.

It allows you to post your videos so that everyone in the school can watch them or you can you can adjust the permissions so that only students in your Team(s) can access them. It’s up to you. Here is a general overview of Microsoft Stream or click here if you want to go straight to a tutorial showing how to upload your screencast.