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 for 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.