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Resource Pages :: Screencasting & Online Tutorials


Screencasts are recordings of actions taking place on a computer screen. Software like Wink, Camtasia and Captivate let you record mouse movement, windows opening and closing, menus being opened, forms being filled in and so on, basically anything that happens on the screen. The recordings can be edited to delete sections and to add arrows, text and other graphics. Audio can be added to further explain what's happening on the screen.  The final product is a video that users can view on a web page or download to their computer.


This page lists examples of library tutorials on a variety of subjects - catalogs, databases, internet searching and more. Many were created with screencasting software, others with presentation tools like PowerPoint, and some use Flash and other graphics tools that require more technical and graphics expertise. All provide interesting ideas for creating your own online tutorials.



*Camtasia examples

*Wink examples


Public Library examples


School Examples


Academic Library examples

More Examples


Other examples using Wink

  • Optimizing Pictures in Power Point  - Tutorial created with Wink. Note they’ve customized the background of the web page that the video plays on. Use an external style sheet to do this, so you can maintain a consistent look to all your tutorials.
  • Opera Browser Tutorials - created with Wink. Nice custom callout boxes and arrows.


Collections of tutorial and instructional materials

Screencasting Software

Free desktop applications

  • Wink -- free, open source, capture screen action, post capture editing, audio options
  • uTIPu - Pretty nifty free screen recording tool. Download application and run it from your desktop. Has screen zoom option. No post recording editing, but audio track can be re-recorded. FIles saved as .flv. Free hosting on uTIPu website.
  • Jing - from TechSmith, free.  Take static screenshots and records video screencasts. Limited to 5 minutes. Record audio as you record video.  Free hosting and sharing. Content is stored on - limit to 2GB of storage and 2 GB of bandwidth per month. 
  • ScreenPresso - Has $28 Pro version too. 


FREE browser based applications

  • Screencastomatic - Create your screencast online. Java based tool lets you capture screen actions, records and exports .mov file. 
  • Capture Fox - Handy addon for Firefox that will record anything on your computer screen (browser or desktop apps). Choice of recording quality and frames-per-second.  Recording is saved to your computer. Must upload to a video site to share.
  • Screenr - Creates a format that can be viewed natively on the iPhone.  Designed to work directly with Twitter.
  • (screenjelly & screentoaster seem to have disappeared - 8/2011)




Macintosh software (I haven't tested these)


More Screen Capture and Screencasting Tools



Hosting your Screencasts

  • Your own servers - most control over file formats and access.
  • YouTube - Great exposure to tons of users, but might be blocked in K-12 schools.
  • TeacherTube,, Vimeo (free & pro options)- Other free services to consider.


Alternatives to Screencasting

  • Narrated PowerPoint on
    • - If screen shots are sufficient to explain your topic, then PowerPoint slides are a simple alternative to screencasting software.
      • Use a screen capture tool like Snagit, ScreenHunter (free), Fireshot (Firefox addon) or your computer built in screen capture options to get the screen shots
      • Paste them into PPT slides and edit as needed. Upload them to
      • Create an audio file to narrate the slides.
      • Store that on your own web site or a free hosting site like
      • Use Slideshare's editing tools to synchronize the audio and slides. Quite easy!
      • Examples:


  • Windows Movie Maker (or other video editor) - Import your screenshots, photos and other media. Add narration. Export as a video.


  • VoiceThread -- Create a narrated slide show from your photos.

    Great for digital storytelling, narrating presentation slides and much more. Upload your photos and images, arrange them online, narrate online. No software needed.


  • Zentation --  Interesting mashup of video and slides. Post your video at Google Video, upload your PPT slides to Zentation. Use their tools to synchronize your video and slides. Your video will run right next to your slide. 


Tips, Tools and Ideas 










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