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Recording and Editing for Screencasts

Faculty can record and edit screencast lessons with a variety of commercially available software programs, including Screenflow, Articulate, and Captivate. Most of these are platform-dependent (some available on PC and some on Mac). If you are reviewing the options but aren’t sure which option is best for you, please contact Technology Innovations and we will help steer you in the right direction.


Recording Kits and Software Support

If you are a UCSF School of Medicine faculty member interested in creating a screencast, the Technology Innovations team has 4 loanout kits available: two SurfacePros with OfficeMix (PC platform), and two MacBooks with Screenflow (Mac platform). We can also give you some basic training in how to use the software, or you can learn how from our Screen Lessons 101 course. Please contact us at if you would like to work with us. We are supporting the following screencast programs:


Microsoft Powerpoint's OfficeMix (PC users only)

PC users can install Microsoft’s free plugin for PowerPoint called OfficeMix. Once installed, OfficeMix provides screencasting capabilities directly within PowerPoint.  Unlike other screencasting software programs, the user can take advantage of inking capabilities with a mouse or touchscreen and lay down audio tracks which are all stored directly within the PowerPoint file. 


Screenflow by Telestream (Mac users only)

Screenflow not only records the actions onscreen -- it also offers a robust set of intuitive timeline-based editing features. Recent versions of Screenflow allow you to screen capture from your iPad. ScreenFlow saves files in a variety of file formats, and is reasonably priced (at the time of this writing, $99).



Other Software Programs

Some software programs that you may already be using to view video files may also have basic recording and editing capabilities. For example, Mac users can use QuickTime Player to create screen recordings via the menu option (a feature not available to PC users). The user can capture the entire screen, or define the specific area of the screen to be captured (for example, just the web browser window). The main file format produced is MOV or M4V.  Note that depending on length of your final video, the file size can be very large and may require further processing to make it small enough to share online.

The UCSF library has screencasting software available on several of the multimedia workstations available in the Tech Commons. Some of these computer workstations have Camtasia, which offers a rich feature set similar to Screenflow. If you are looking for a robust software program that offers more than just screencasting capabilities, consider Articulate Studio. With Articulate Studio, the user can also integrate interactive quizzes, story branching points, and more. 

Tip: You can embed movie files directly into Powerpoint slides on both Mac and PC. Different versions of PowerPoint accept different video file types, so make sure to check that your file type is compatible with your version. If you embed media into your PowerPoint it is important that you keep all of your source files in a folder with your PPT file, or you risk opening your PPT to find your media files are missing. 


Resources & Support

Screen Lessons 101 - This Moodle course is designed help School of Medicine faculty plan, prepare, record and output screen lessons for the online curriculum component in the School of Medicine. Includes instructions on using two screencasting kits that faculty can check out from the Technology Innovations Group.

OfficeMix Step-by-Step Tutorials - if you want to learn the full feature set of OfficeMix, Microsoft's video tutorials are thorough and cover some advanced features.

Screenflow Video Tutorials - if you have decided to learn Screenflow on your own, Telestream offers a number of video tutorials that go beyond the scope of our Screen Lessons 101 course.

UCSF Tech Commons - The Staff in the Tech Commons are knowledgeable on a variety of technology solutions and offer support for some of the screencasting programs discussed herein. You can contact them for support and great customer service.