How To

Notes

Before the fun part starts we strongly recommend you to write down notes on what you’re going to show.

  • What do you want to talk about? Is it a review or is it a tutorial?
  • What are the extents of your screencast?
  • Do you want to show a small function of a programm or the whole programm itself?
  • Is it necessary to explain every single detail or is it possible to leave things out?
  • In which order do you want to show a workflow?

All these considerations should be written down as a list helps you staying patient and not to lose the golden thread or to fritter. Chatterboxes are unwelcome. Your watchers need information, short, compact and fast.

The order in which you are showing differents aspects are especially important. Most of the time your describing a specific workflow. Therefore it’s best to come up with a setting or situation that others may have and find useful if somebody shows them how that task can be done best, right or faster.
When doing a Software Review a well designed workflow doesn’t only show off the programm at all it’s glances. It shows a practice-oriented task what this programm is really good for.
A good Tutorial makes the watchers go like “I have to test this right now“. If your explanations don’t make sense or are understandable your subscribers will think twice if they should watch another screencast.

Software

In order to record a Screencast on your Mac you need some software. These programs should help you to find an appropriate software:

Editing

Once the recording is done you need to edit your video. For this task some software is needed again:

Depending on your goals you may be satisfied by one solution or another.

ScreenFlow for example comes with built-in editing tools or offers options to show keys being pressed (like ⌘ or ⌃) or mouse clicks — after recording has been finished.
Mouse clicks can be shown special software, of course. Maybe you find Mousepose by Boinx pretty helpful. But remember that these overlays will be recorded with your video. You can’t remove ‘em from the video afterwards.

While editing it’s important to take care of an accidently jumping mouse cursor or stuff like that. Don’t do any cutouts that will make your screencast senseless. (When cutting something out and you have no chance getting rid of a jumping mouse cursor you may just fade through black at the editing point.)

If errors are happening while recording try to go back to your jumping-off point and redo that section. After the recording session that part could probably cut out — hopefully without any cursor jumps.

Banner

If you’re satisfied with your screencast you may want to beautify it with your very own, damn cool, ad/overlay/banner that all other screencasters have as well.
Else if you’re still unsatisfied re-record the whole damn thing. Don’t worry, we do it all the time.

The screencast below is german(!). It shows how to use Keynote to make a banner.
Although you may not understand what this guy is actually talking about it may help you to get an idea for your own banner.

Finish

The next step would be to upload your video to YouTube and the like.

…Oh, and don’t forget to send it to us as well. ;)