Create Screencasts Without Software
Showing someone how to do something is much better than just telling them how, and that holds true for technology. People love video tutorials, and they can add a visual element to any set of instructions. Screencast-O-Matic is a beta service that uses Java to let you create instant and free screencasts over the web. Just click “create,” download a small java plugin, and you’re off, away, and creating screencasts that everyone can view on the web or you can embed into your own blog or site.
The site has a very bare design, and screen captures are set to relatively low quality and low recording framerates. Screencast-o-matic won’t ever replace professional screencasting applications like Camtasia Studio or Snapz Pro that offer superior video quality, editing tools, and the ability to go true full-screen and capture screen resolutions larger than 1024×768. Regardless, this is an excellent free tool for people looking to make quick and easy screencasts and short videos for their blogs where they can demo applications, record how-tos, show off their favorite programs, and record their games.