ASK A Blogger: Screenshot and Screencast



One of the handy tools in blogging to the ability to make a screenshot and a screencast.

A screenshot is capturing something shown on your computer screen to a static image file. You are taking a snapshot (or picture) of your computer screen.

A Screencast is capturing a recording of your computer screen accompanied by audio. The audio is a commentary of what is happening on the screen as it occurs.

Once you have taken a Screenshot of your computer screen, you can crop the image (if necessary) in a program such as Microsoft Office.

I personally use Jing. It is a free service that allows the user to easily capture both screenshots and screencasts. I have chosen to upgrade to JingPro for only $14.95 per year. The upgrade has assisted with uploading my Jing Screencasts to the Coupon Challenge YouTube channel.

I also hear that Screencast-o-Matic is another good free service to use.

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  1. I often find myself being labled as the “Go To Person” for computer relates questions, so I always looking for easy ways to accomplish tasks. So I just had try at least one of services mentioned and will consider using Jing in the future…Thanks for sharing!

  2. My Screen Recorder Pro is a better screencast software tool. Records your screen and audio from the speakers or your voice from the microphone – or both simultaneously. The recordings are clear and look great when played back on your PC or uploaded to YouTube. It will record directly to AVI, WMV, MP4, or FLV. Just perfect for creating tutorials, demos, and presentations. Plus, java is not required and there are no limits on recording length. Also, the recordings play back on any device.