Choosing a screencasting tool

There are a few screencasting tools available to SHU staff. Here is an overview of the tools and a comparison chart to help you choose the right tool for your needs.

Screencast-O-Matic.com Pro

For most screencasting needs at home or within the university Screencast-O-Matic.com (SOM) Pro is a good option and is relatively easy to use. SOM Pro lets you capture anything on your screen with a voiceover and can record additional audio played during the screencast recording such as a video.

SOM Pro licences are available for staff (staff login required).

helpEditing a screencast recorded in SOM Pro (Blog post and how-to video)
You can find various SOM Help videos on the SOM website.

Camtasia

Camtasia has many features such as ability to create quizzes and polling and can record additional audio played during the screencast recording. There is also a Camtasia add-in available for PowerPoint.

Camtasia is available on-campus computers and there are some licences available for staff machines that can be requested via ithelp@shu.ac.uk.

See a selection of Camtasia tutorials on their website.

Office Mix

Office Mix is a free add-in for PowerPoint 2013/6 and allows you to screencast your PowerPoint presentations if you are off-campus. Find out how staff and students can install Office 365 at home for FREE (login required).

Find out more about Office Mix.

Comparing the screencasting tools

Feature SOM Free SOM Pro Office Mix Camtasia
Availability Free to anyone 100 licences available to staff for use on and off campus (find out how to access SOM Pro) Free add-in for Microsoft PowerPoint 2013/6 (currently not available on-campus) Limited availability on-campus (search rooms at SHU)
Time limit 15 mins No* No* No*
Records system audio (e.g. videos, sound effects) No Yes No Yes
Requires installation on computer No – can be used online No – can be used online Yes Yes – some licences available via IT Help
Quiz / Poll No No Yes Yes
Allows editing No Yes Yes Yes
Draw on screen No Yes Yes Yes – during post editing

*Limited only by the available storage space on the computer