Video: Screencast-o-matic and PowerPoint
Hello! I'm Justin, I'm one of your librarians, and I'm going to go through using Screencast-o-matic today to make a video to upload of your PowerPoint presentation. Screencast-o-matic is a free software that you can get online, you can see up here is the website: screencast-o-matic.com. This will be the opening page. So all you have to do to get the free version is just hit Start Recording, and what it's going to do is install a bit of software on the computer just so you can get started using it. You should only have to do this one time per computer. So, "Download Launcher", screenrecorderlauncher, just hit save.
I'll just save it to my downloads. Ok, so it's downloaded, I'm going to install it. It's very quick, should generally only take this long. The good thing about this is you can install it anywhere, so you can be working in the library or working at home. So it's pretty easy. So once you have it installed, all you have to do is reload the page. Or just go back to screencast-o-matic.com. Then it will ask to launch the recorder. Ok so it didn't even have to ask for it. So now what you can do is get the area you want, which is going to be the area of your PowerPoint. So I have this one pulled up. I want to get the full screen, all the way, top and bottom. As you can see, I can still interact with this. So I want to enable editing on my PowerPoint. I want to go ahead and start my PowerPoint. Ok, I got a little warning message, no big deal. So it's full screen, and you can see it's picking up my narration for this video.
One thing you'll want to do is select your microphone and then you can actually auto adjust your volume. Which is pretty neat. So it's going to guess how much I need, and then it says it's optimized for your speaking voice. Then when you're ready to start your presentation just hit record. It's going to give you a countdown, and then you can start recording your PowerPoint. Now that it's recording you can still click through. You can talk over each of these so you can say "Learning Objectives, so here's the learning objectives for chapter 2". I just grabbed this PowerPoint from your course. When you're done, you'll move back down here to the pause button, and say that you're done. You can see you've got a few options here with the free version.
So this goes up to 15 minutes in the free version. You can save it as a video file, which will just ask for a name. It'll highlight your cursor if you want it to, if you don't want that you can turn it off. When you hit 'Publish', you'll choose a place for it, so maybe the Desktop. Now you can publish it there. And now you'll have the file on your computer. One other option is to upload it to YouTube and use that link. I thought it was going to give me the option, so just give me one second. Ok we'll hit record… Ok. So 'done', upload to YouTube. So it will launch a web browser so that you can log into your Google account. I'm already logged in probably, so–yup. So it's just asking me for permission and then you can upload to YouTube.
So I say 'allow'. Ok it has gotten access. Give it a title and publish. And now it's going to publish it straight to YouTube, and it's actually going to give you a link when you're done. The upside of this is you can automatically caption your videos, which makes it easier for people to read. Really all you have to do is copy the link and paste it. And that's all there is to it. If you have any other questions feel free to contact me [firstname.lastname@example.org] through Ask a Librarian or through the Contact list on the library homepage [http://library.hodges.edu]. Thanks..