Your screencasting software is the central element of screencast recording because it ties together your microphone, your webcam, and your computer screen. Recall that the term screencast itself refers to the recording and broadcast of your monitor’s contents.
I’ve used a lot of screencasting software over the years, and I will share with you what I use depending upon my current operating system:
Wikipedia has a comprehensive list of screencasting software which you may want to consult if, for instance, you are limiting your software search to open-source alternatives.
One point to ponder when selecting your screencasting software is that there are two discrete functions to producing a screencast:
- Recording the screencast
- Editing and producing the screencast
Surprisingly, while every screencasting software package includes a recorder, not every package includes an editor. However, we will cover this item in greater detail in a subsequent installment of this series.