Tuesday Tip: Screencastify – Video Screen Capture

Have you ever needed to explain how to do something to someone on their computer, but couldn’t coordinate a time to do a screenshare, or meet in person? With remote work being the new normal, it’s likely becoming a more common problem.

I recently needed to explain how to make a change to our newsletter but didn’t want to list 30 steps to follow as a guide. I made a 1-minute video showing exactly how to make this change with Screencastify. It’s a Chrome extension that doesn’t require you to download bulky software. When you’re ready to start a recording, you click the extension and then choose “record” and a menu will appear in the bottom left corner you’ll see the option to begin recording and pause when finished. Once you’re done capturing the screenshare video, you can then choose to publish to Youtube, download as mp4, send in an email or you can access the automatically saved video in Google Drive.

I’ve tried a few different programs that can record video of a screen capture, and this one does all that I need it to do, and a little more. You can record sound with your screen capture videos or add annotations to help instruct the viewer even further. When you first add the extension to your Chrome browser, you’ll be asked for what purpose you’re downloading the program. There are some features that are helpful for teachers, versus features that are more helpful for sales teams and more.

If I ever need to do another screenshare, I will definitely be creating it with Screencastify, it was super quick to add to my Chrome browser and I had the video created and sent within 20 minutes.

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Courtney Rose: As Sales Operations Specialist, Courtney puts her detail-oriented personality to work by providing support to the sales group. With a background in customer service, she is adept at looking at opportunities for improvement from different angles and offering solutions that increase productivity.

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