For many people, grabbing a screenshot and record your voice with some while highlighting elements is more than enough to get your point across. Teachers often use these elements to evaluate student projects - the need for the flashy effects is not as necessary.
Two simple apps that can help you do this are Screencast-o-matic (SOM) and Skitch. Available as a downloadable file or as a java app that runs in your browser (I prefer the file), Screencast-o-matic (screencast-o-matic.com) is a free tool that allows you to define a capture area and records it. Simple animations are automatic that show your mouse’s movements and clicks. When you’re done, you can download a file or upload a file to SOM’s servers (free for videos under 15 minutes) or to your Youtube account.
Skitch (skitch.com) does a capture of your window (full screen or a pre-defined area) and then provides tools to highlight the content. When done, you can upload the finished graphic to their servers or download a file to your computer.
To use the tools together, just follow these steps:
- Create your screen captures first (if you’re looking at a web page, use numerous captures to get the whole page)
- Launch Screencast-o-matic and select the Skitch window.
- Start recording
- While recording the audio, use the Skitch tools to highlight elements on the screen.
- If you need to move to the next capture, pause SOM and get yourself setup.
- When done, choose how you want to save your file and share it!
Here’s a sample below: