Screencasting with an iPad

These are some additional notes from Screencast Camp that I attended in August of 2012.

The Quest for the iPad screencasting app…
By Anton Bollen

Currently there is not a real good solution for using screencasting to capture how to use an iPad or it’s application. This presentation will explore some possibilities…


  • Use a document camera to record video…easy, gestures are captured, details are harder to see, less polished. for tutorial for recording iPad with a video camera.
  • Use iPad mirroring to record screen (Reflection MAC or PC or Air Server Apps) and use Camtasia to record the screen….no touches or gestures get captured, inexpensive $15,
  • Use a video capture box/card
  • Jailbreak your iPad…display recorder app
  • To Visualize Gestures

    Gestures are important as they show how to use an app, much like a mouse on a traditional keyboard
    Create graphics to show touch and animate within Camtasia, such as a circle animated in different ways.
    Use a green screen to record various actions using your hand, then use the resulting video in Camtasia to layer over captured screen cast.


    GestureWorks software with fonts showing icons for gestures

    Screencasting 101 Notes and Ideas from Screencast Camp

    Screencasting looks like it can be a good tool for providing simple to complex tech support for teachers. Students can also use it to create mini videos commenting on a picture in a foreign language or explaining a concept in a subject. Here are my notes from this morning’s session at Screencast Camp 2012 at TechSmith in Okemos

    Screencasting 101
    By Anton Bollen


    Tech support
    Teams- feedback, sharing across time zones and places

    Who is the audience? What is the expected quality level expectations for the product? As quality increases- time required increases..

    Two types of Screencasts
    Basic- audio and video is recorded at same time, no post production, less professional looking, less flexibility for output formatting.Quick easy way to show a skill, providing tech support
    Prof- video and audio recorded separately, editing necessary, scripted, huge time commitment, can add annotations/drawings
    Tools for Screencasts

    Basic Tools-
    SnagIt, Jing (free download) use Jing to record foreign language report using a picture

    More Advanced-
    Camtasia (can create a table of contents)

    Remove icons from desktop prior to recording screencasting, right click…
    Short lengths work best 2-3 times,
    Break them up into short sections, to make it easy for user to find what they need.
    Two column chart for organization… One column indicates on screen action, paired with script
    Prep ahead of time
    Use a plain background, grey will make the application stand out
    Bigger cursor makes it easier to follow
    Possible create a screencasting account on your computer
    Pay attention to size of viewers video, optimize what you need to show, advanced programs will allow you to zoom in.
    Recommended dimensions 1280 x 720 (16×9 ratio) in SnagIt it will show the size. Good for YouTube videos.
    Sizer …PC only
    Audio matters, use a good quality microphone. Snowball microphone is pretty good quality around 100$
    Watch your surroundings, background noises should be limited, for separate audio use Audacity

    Applications and ideas for schools
    Install Jing as part of image for teacher and student computers.
    Use screencast for directions and tech support.
    Need to create dummy classes to use for tech support