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A screencast is a digital video recording that captures actions taking place on a computer desktop. Screencasts, which often contain voice-over narration, are useful for demonstrating how to use specific operating systems, software applications or website features. 

Screencast production requires some kind of video-capture software and a microphone. The software, which can be a desktop client or web-based service, captures and synchronizes the video and audio files and compresses the completed movie into a format that can be shared. 

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Screentoaster is a free web-based screencasting service for Windows, Macintosh and Linux computers.

Camtasia Studio, a popular Windows desktop client for screencasting, is known for its built-in editing tools.

Screenflow is a popular screencasting application for Macintosh computers.

Google used screencasts to help customers become familiar with their new user interface for video ads. (See screencast below.)

This was last updated in February 2009
Contributor(s): Erin Kelly
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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