Ever since I got interested in videos (thanks to one of my clients!), I have been on the lookout for ways to do videos without getting in front of the camera. I still don’t feel comfortable being in front of the camera, but I hope I’ll soon master this fear.
This is where screencasting comes in. Screencasting allows you to record a video of the things that you are doing on your desktop without using a web cam. However, you need to use your mic to be able to record audio as you do what you do. I find this a great training tool and I’ll let you know why in a future post. For the meantime, let me tell you about this screencasting software that I discovered: Jing.
Jing is just one of the many screencast tools that you can find online. There is a FREE version of this tool but if you plan on using it for your business, you might want to go pro. You can purchase Jing Pro for $14.95 a year and it allows you to upload your videos immediately to YouTube and Facebook. Your videos also don’t have the Jing logo and your videos are in MPEG-4 AVC format.
If you want to try this tool, you can download Jing to your computer and install it. This will only take a few minutes. Don’t worry if you are a Mac user. Jing works on both MAC and PCs.
I just finished downloading it as I write this post and had a little problem with the installation. The computer prompted me that I need to download Microsoft Windows Installer 3.1 since this is required software. If you encounter a similar problem, just download the installer and run the Jing installer once again.
But let me just say that this is one of the things I hate about tools that you have to download. Before you know it, you have downloaded a host of other applications that you don’t really need except for that particular software and you end up with a slower computer that hangs on you when you need it to be working at the speed of a bullet. But for the purposes of this post — and my quest for the best FREE screencast tool– I will download this thing.
So while you are waiting for the downloads to finish, go over toScreencast.com and sign up for a FREE account. This is where you will upload your screencasts. Your FREE account comes with 2GB storage and 2GB monthly bandwidth. You can always upgrade to a pro account if you need more storage and bandwidth. Don’t forget to confirm your account.
Once you have installed both software, Jing will automatically run. Then you will see a yellow half circle on top of your screen. Just bring your mouse cursor on top of the yellow half circle and three smaller circles will come up, representing the following. Capture, History, and More. Since you want to screencast, click on capture.
Drag your mouse over the area of your screen that you want to capture. I suggest capturing the whole screen. There will be a countdown and once that is done, you can start doing what it is that you want to do. When you’re finished, just click on the square button to stop recording and save your screencast. Your screencast will appear in the history section and you need to view it before you can upload it to your account at Screencast.com.
Once it is uploaded, you can share it to your friends using email. Or you can get the link and post it on your social network accounts. You can also embed the video in your blog. Here is a Jing screencast about using Google Insights for blog post SEO.
Note: I made video on how to use Jing using Screencast-o-matic but for some reason I cannot upload it to YouTube. Once I figure out why and I get the video uploaded on some site, I will update this post with a link to that video.