Recording a screencast

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Recording a screencast


Screencasts are screen recordings with which learning content can be visualized and explained clearly. This can be the adding of audiovisual commentary to presentation slides, the development of formulas or the explanation of a special software. Depending on the intended use or personal preference, various tools are suitable for this purpose.

Recording with OBS

Recording with Camtasia

Recording with Opencast Studio


  • Free (open source) desktop program
  • Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux
  • Screen recording can be supplemented by other media sources (e.g. webcam for picture-in-picture videos), text and image inserts; recording of other connected video devices (e.g. Visualizer) and audio devices is possible → in the preview area the image is displayed exactly as it will be recorded later (WYSIWYG)
  • System-wide shortcuts allow control over the recording in the background
  • Video file is available in the previously specified directory immediately after stopping the recording (no delays due to export or download)
  • Many functions and plugins are available for advanced users, which are also manageable for beginners


  • Desktop program liable to fees (Attention: A license costs about 270 Euro! The use of Camtasia is therefore only suitable for users who already own the software).
  • Available for Windows and Mac
  • Screen recordings can be supplemented by other media sources (e.g. webcam for picture-in-picture videos), recordings of other connected video devices (e.g. Visualizer) are possible
  • Control recording via shortcuts
  • Change of programs during recording is possible
  • Various functions and possibilities for editing e.g. adding further media such as slides, pictures, audio, post-processing mouse pointer, multiple video tracks, etc.
  • Clearly arranged for beginners, various functions available for advanced users


  • Recordings take place directly in the browser, no installation necessary
  • Platform-independent use (i.e. on Windows, macOS, or Linux)
  • Opencast Studio is a software in testing (beta stage) - whether it works well depends largely on your system configuration.
  • It is not possible to use previously recorded videos, only recording is possible
  • Suitable for quick and short-term recordings that require few advanced functions
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