How to create a screencast

This article goes over how to create a screencast.

Man editing video in front of monitor and speakers
Photo by Avel Chuklanov on Unsplash

Preparation

  1. Select a topic
  2. Come up with an outline
  3. Write a script

Follow the 3 parts:

  1. Introduction
  2. Body
  3. Conclusion

Remember to:

  • Identify your target audience
  • Have a goal or objective
  • Stay true to your style

Tools

Solid microphone

Headset or USB microphone

OBS, QuickTime, or any screen recording software of your choice

Audacity or any audio recording/editing software of your choice

iMovie or any video editing software of your choice

Record

Man recording in front of Rode microphone and laptop
Photo by Malte Helmhold on Unsplash

Find a soundproof environment to record

Make sure there are no background noises (machines are off, windows are closed, etc.)

Perform a test recording and play it back for quality control

Record screen and audio together or separately (there will be more editing work for the latter, but the screencast may flow better)

Editing

Photo by Matthew Kwong on Unsplash

Video Editing

  • Trim and remove mistakes and pauses
  • Speed up or skip areas that are slow or uneventful
  • Add effects or title screens if they enhance the screencast

Audio Editing

  • Trim silences
  • Cut out filler phrases like “uhs” and “ums”
  • Remove background noise
  • Delete clicks with iZotope RX De-click
  • Normalize audio

Review

  • Ensure flow and delivery is good
  • Watch on multiple devices to verify quality (cheap/expensive headphones and speakers as well as different screen sizes)
  • Take breaks and re-review to get a fresh perspective

Publish

YouTube

  • Add thumbnail
  • Add title and description
  • Add links
  • Add transcript

Share on social media

Publish a written article

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