Screencasting is the easiest, quickest and least intimidating way to share your science to the world via video. You don’t need a script or to purchase any fancy equipment.
Whether it’s a recent presentation/lecture or an animation of some methods/results, screencasting allows you to record video & audio directly from your computer screen.
Simply load a keynote or powerpoint presentation or some other animation about science and screencasting software captures everything including your audio and mouse movements. Then save it as a 3-5minute movie file and upload it into your Thinkable profile. Done.
Here’s an example of a Thinkable research screencast for a recent manuscript.
There’s hundreds of different screencast software options, but there are a few we recommend that are both free and easy to use.
1. Quicktime (for MAC)
Click ‘File’, then ‘New Screen Recording’, then follow the prompts to set the screen area and hit record.
2. Screen-cast-o-matic (For PC/MAC)
Vastly better than Quicktime, as it gives the viewer clear, engaging click-over animations and many editorial features/options when creating your final. It’s also free for 15minute videos.
3. Jing (For PC/MAC)
Makes creating a screencast to share instant from your desktop. Similar to Screen-cast-o-matic and is free for 5minute videos.
Here’s a detailed tutorial from Karen creating a screencast from a recent powerpoint presentation: