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Created by Dawson McCall and Zach Francis
Maintained by LEADR under the direction of Alice Lynn McMichael

Last Updated: 10/18/2021


Screencasts are essentially a digital recording of computer screen output which often incorporates audio narration, images, video, and other media.

Screencasts are useful for educational, training, marketing, and other demonstration purposes, and are often utilized by teachers of online courses, software demonstrators, or lecturers and presenters interested in widening the base of their audience.

Screencasting Software and Hardware

LEADR’s camcorders are Canon Vixia HF 620 and Sony HXR-nx30u. Both are handicams/compact camcorders, and both have image stabilization built in. (These are about eight years old, so the companies probably have newer models). Most students get camcorders for “consumer” use (rather than “professional” equipment). Canon and Sony are both popular, usable brands.

Good Places to shop online and compare are:

Sometimes these places sell used equipment as well. Look at bundled kits that have accessories (and that show the compatible accessories such as extra batteries, chargers, or tripods).


Decide on a reasonable price range. Determine what features are absolutely necessary, and which are just useful.


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