Screencast-o-matic: a great screen recording tool

by Jonathan Jacobsen Tuesday, May 24, 2011 5:00 PM

We feature a cool tool in almost every issue of the Andornot Newsletter, but here’s one that just couldn’t wait for the next issue: Screencast-0-matic! Not only does it have a fabulous name, it’s a great tool too.

Here’s the 411 on it:

  • It’s a screen recorder – it records the motions, clicks and actions you make on your computer, whether using software or browsing the web. It’s like pointing a video camera at your screen.
  • You can limit the recording to just a portion of your screen (e.g. to avoid capturing personal information).
  • You can also record audio, or video from a webcam.
  • You can upload the result to YouTube immediately after recording, or export it to a video file on your computer.
  • It’s Java-based and launches directly from the Screencast-o-matic website, so there’s no software to download and install.
  • It’s free (though there’s a Pro version that doesn’t apply a logo overlay to the video).

I particularly appreciated that it didn’t require a software install, just Java, and that I could upload the result to YouTube right away (though of course I wouldn’t do that if the video showed anything confidential or proprietary). With just a few clicks, I can record something and send it to a client to illustrate a point, almost effortlessly. I often make screenshots, drawings and diagrams to help convey information, but sometimes a video is better.

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Join us at the CALL or CHLA conferences in Calgary and see What’s New at Andornot

by Kathy Bryce Wednesday, May 11, 2011 10:03 AM

Come and meet us for information on our latest products and services:

May 15-18, 2011
Canadian Association of Law Libraries Conference (CALL)
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Calgary, AB
Booth # 306

May 26-30, 2011
Canadian Health Libraries Association Conference (CHLA)
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Calgary, AB
Booth # 25.

If you aren’t attending either of these shows this year, we’ll also be at:

June 2-3, 2011
Association of Canadian Archivists Conference (ACA)
Delta Chelsea, Toronto, ON

June 19-20, 2011
Association of Jewish Libraries Annual Convention (AJL)
Marriott Montréal Château Champlain, Montréal, PQ

Our Inmagic Training and Ideas Days tour will be offered in the following cities:

  • Edmonton – May 25
  • Calgary – May 26
  • Ottawa – June 16
  • Montreal – June 21
  • Toronto – June 23 – NOTE new date!

Take a look at the details and the registration form and contact us if you have any questions.

We can usually arrange visits or meetings in association with these events.

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