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May 23, 2013 / carlispina

Create Quick Screencasts with Screenr

ScreenrIf you are creating lengthy or complicated video tutorials, there are a lot of great tools out there that let you record, edit and publish videos. But, sometimes you just need to create a really quick screencast to show how to use a particular type of software. For those situations, Screenr is the perfect tool.

With Screenr, creating screencasts no longer requires expensive software or difficult installation processes. Instead, Screenr is completely free and can be used to create an unlimited number of videos. It is designed for simple screencasting projects, so videos cannot be longer than 5 minutes and there are no editing features. But, Screenr more than makes up for these limitations with its ease of use. Once you set up your account using an existing Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google, Yahoo or Windows Live ID account, you can immediately start recording by clicking the record button, which causes a recording area to pop up. You can then resize the area to include only the portions of your screen that you wish to record and then click to start the recording. You will have the option to either record sound using your computer’s microphone or an external microphone attached to your computer or to record the video without sound. If at any time during the recording process you wish to pause, you can do so and then restart your recording at a later time. Once you have finished your recording, you click the done button and your video will pop up on your Screenr account profile page. You can then review it before deciding whether to publish it or delete it and start over. The publishing process for a short video takes only a few seconds and when I recorded a video that was over 4 minutes in length, the entire publishing process still only took a couple of minutes. Published videos can be easily shared directly from Screenr via URL, Facebook, or Twitter. If you already have a YouTube account, you can also export the video to YouTube with a single click.

After having used Screenr, I was very impressed with how quickly you could move from creating an account to finished video tutorials. I was able to create, publish and share brief screencasts in a matter of minutes, which is particularly helpful if you are using this is an educational setting, for example to answer reference questions or to create tutorials about how to use library resources. While the editing features of more robust screencasting softwares are sometimes necessary, for quick videos created to answer specific questions, Screenr is perfect. If you feel that you need additional features, for example to rebrand the tool for your institution or to operate directly from your desktop without needing to be online, you can opt for the subscription-based Screenr Business. This pay-version also allows you to create private videos, which may be preferable for responding to questions from specific patrons. Whether you opt for the basic Screenr or Screenr Business, this is a tool well worth checking out.

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  1. Stephen Francoeur / May 24 2013 9:54 am

    Sounds like a good tool, although I’m wary of re-installing Java, which seems to be required.

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