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In this series on productivity, author Jess Stratton takes you through the latest tools that will help you run your business and life more efficiently. Each installment covers a particular feature or technique in a different online tool, such as Google Apps, Skype, YouTube, Mint.com, Etsy, and more. Check back every Monday for tips on topics from recording and publishing video chats to managing your finances online.
Hi, I'm Jess Stratton and welcome to Monday Productivity Pointers. This week we're recording our screen with audio. In the last video I showed you how to use the free QuickTime player on a Mac to record your screen using audio. This time I'm going to show you how to use a very popular piece of free software called CamStudio if you're on a Windows machine. Alright. Let's get started. I've downloaded CamStudio Recorder, and I've got something on my screen that I actually want to record.
So, the first thing we can d, is come in here and look at what our options are. Now, you have the choice. I defaults to Do not record audio. So, it's up to you if you want to record audio from a microphone or from your speakers. In this case, I've selected Record audio from microphone. You can also check the Cursor Options. For example, whether you want to hide the cursor or highlight the cursor. When you're ready to record, you have some choices. For example, what region do you want to select. You can choose a fixed size region that you specify or a selected region, just a certain window or the entire desktop, Start menu and all.
In this case, I'll do a selected region. When I'm ready to go, I can hit Record. Now, I can click and drag and this is going to be my selected region. It's ready to record. An now I can start talking about my tutorial. When I'm all done, I can hit the Stop button. I'm now going to get prompted to save my movie. I'll call it ControlPanel. Hit Save. It's going to compress the video, and then pop it up so that I can play my video.
Here's what I recorded. Once I hit the Play button, we're going to hear me talking while I was showing you how to do it. It's ready to record, so as you can see, the cursor is moving across the screen like we selected. So, this is a great way, if you're a Windows user, to start building your own tutorials for other people. Or, just to show somebody what kind of weirdness is going on, on your screen. And that is how you record your screen.
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