desktop audio/video capture

keyboard and mouseSometimes a little “desktop capture” is all you need to make a point or distribute information or assistance. There is software available that allows you to capture audio and the content of your computer screen from your desktop for presentations, demonstrations, lectures, and other means.

Microsoft PowerPoint and some other presentation software products have nice features for recording lectures, but if you want to go a bit further, you might try some of the following:

  • University of Kentucky instructors (and staff and students) have Echo360 Personal Capture available to them on UK download. UK instructors who would like to publish to their courses can request publishing permission for Echo360 Personal Capture (be sure to specify “personal capture”) by calling the UKIT Service Desk at 218-HELP.
  • UK instructors and staff also have access to Adobe Captivate at UK download. This product is a bit more complicated, but it provides numerous additional features.
  • I sometimes use Jing, which provides brief (up to 5 minutes) desktop capture capacity.  There’s a free version, but I’ve been using the paid version ($15/yr) at home, which removes the product name from the end of the captures, but that will be replaced in February by Snagit. Apparently Snagit will do the same thing (and grab longer captures), but you only buy it once ($49.95; $29.95 with educational discount) instead of paying a yearly fee.
  • Jing’s big brother is Camtasia Studio, which is very nice high-end desktop capture software. It can be pricey, but there is an educational discount.
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2 Responses

  1. I am a big fan of Screen-Cast-o-Matic. It allows up to 15 minute screen captures on the free version. The free version has a small logo in the corner. But it is such a great tool, I don’t mind my students seeing what tech tool I used!

  2. Thanks for the tip! I’ll have to try this one.

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