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D4L Technologies Module

Technological Tools for Teaching

Technical Tips

Tips & Resources for Creating Effective Screencasts

3 Technical Tips

Technical Tips for Better Quality Screencasts

We have discussed ways to improve the instructional quality of your screencasts. You will also want your screencast to be of the highest possible technical quality. There are a number of fairly simple steps that you can take to increase quality from a technical perspective. 

Audio quality can be improved by using a microphone. Relying on the built-in microphone on your laptop will result in more audible hiss, picking up clicks and typing or scrolling sounds. You don't have to spend hundreds of dollars forImage of a headset with a microphone one; a headset with a microphone will do fine. Logitech, for instance, sells decent USB headset microphones for as little as $30. To prevent "p" popping, position the microphone slightly away from your mouth. Try not to move too much or bump your desk as these sounds will be transmitted. 

Find a quiet space to record. Eliminate as much room noise as possible by turning off fans or other devices that emit noise. Turn off the television in the background or any music playing.

For a more visually pleasing screencast, make sure that you eliminate all the clutter and isolated files on your desktop. And make certain that there are no sensitive or personal documents visible. To keep things simple and running smoothly, you will want to close out all unnecessary applications running in the background.  

Key Points 

  • Use a microphone for better quality audio.
  • Eliminate audio distractions.
  • Get rid of screen clutter. 

Additional Resources

Below is a wonderful resource on screencasting prepared by the Michigan State University Library.
Screencasting: Basics An introduction to tools and tips for creating screencasts "on the fly"
 
This project is administered by the South Central Regional Library Council with funding from the Institue for Museum and Library Services.