Creating Screencast Lecture Videos on a Mac

You might be having a hard time setting up mac for recording your screencast videos. But this problem is not going to annoy you anymore.

I am going to walk you through a step by step procedure for setting up your mac for recording such videos and presentations without any technical issues or difficulties.

(Video Source: How to Create Screen Cast Lecture-Style Videos)

Little Introduction-

By the end of this course, you’ll know exactly where to start before pressing the Record button in your screencasting software. So, a question arises here: Why is a proper setup so important? First of all, the steps that I’ll show you in this course are universal for all screencasting software on your Mac.

Universal Training for Mac

  So if you’re using or planning on using a program like Camtasia, Screenflow, QuickTime Player, Screencast-o-Matic, or any other screen capturing software, then you’re at the right place; because this course is specifically designed to ensure your success. 01-universal-screencast-training-for-camtasia-screenflow-quicktime-and-screencastomatic And by the end of these lessons; you’ll be able to effortlessly:

    • Optimize your lesson creation process (which, as a teacher, I know is very important to you)


  • Capture super-crisp HD video.



  • Record the highest audio quality possible.



  • And most importantly, you’ll be able to avoid any technology issues that usually occur further down the road.




Basic Overview

So, we’ll begin with your desktop setup first. This simple step is missed by most ALL teachers; and it shows in the amount of distractions on their screen. This can actually become a self-fulfilling security threat. So, we’ll make sure to cover that first. Then after that, we’ll dive into Microphone setup to make sure you’re capturing your voice in the best possible method, so it sounds clear, concise and full-toned; just like mine is right now. And finally, we’ll talk about the Recording workflow such as “live style recording with multiple takes” vs. recording audio and video separately and then syncing them together later on.

Technology Overload

Now, you might be thinking “Jon, this sounds like a LOT of new technology that I may or may not be ready for. Well, if you’re feeling overwhelmed right now, that’s a good sign. Because it means that you’re now in the same mindset that your students will be in, when you finally publish and launch your video courses. Sure, your content might be about Math, Science or History, but as the a student, this mindset that you’re in right now is exactly the same. So do me a favor: Embrace this feeling of Uncertainty, Insecurity or Curiosity.

Watch Out!

Remember, this is the exact same feeling that your students go thru every single day. And you might empathize with that emotion in the classroom. 02-classroom-teaching-using-body-language-and-social-tonality-vs-inverted-flipped-classroom-style But when you record video lessons, emotions can easily get lost in translation. Believe it or not, most teachers forget that one very simple truth. They forget to add emotions or express original tonality with their recordings, and the result is usually:

    • Poorly crafted video lessons.


  • Causes student engagement to tank.



  • Learning ultimately comes to a halt.



03-recording-teacher-lectures-how-to-communication-breakdown In my opinion, that’s why the flipped classroom model gets such a bad wrap.

Action Step

If you really want your video lessons to be effective and engaging for your students, you must understand the fundamentals in this course. And the best way to do this is by becoming an excellent student yourself. You’ll notice that in this course, and all of the courses created by us; we break down the information into bite sized chunks to make it easy for you to consume. 04-what-to-expect-in-the-course-lectures-for-video-screencast-creation At the end of each lesson, there will always be an action step for you to take that will sharpen your new skills to the point where you’ll amaze yourself with what you can now do.

Finally, most of our video lesson will include a downloadable checklist or template that you can print out or save to your computer for quick referencing.

And remember: If you have any questions, you can always revisit any lesson in this course, and even feel free to leave a comment below; myself or someone in our community will answer it for you.


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