ScreenToaster is a new (and free) browser-based screencasting tool. I tested this service when it was in beta last fall and was impressed with it then. I’m even more impressed now.
Some of the features:
- Records action anywhere on your computer screen, whether in the browser or on your desktop.
- Records full screen or a user defined rectangular area – easy to adjust the area.
- Allows for insertion of a small video recording from your webcam if you want to have your smiling face shown narrating. I didn’t try this.
- The audio quality is terrific and it’s easy to test your sound level before you start recording.
- Screencasts are stored in very high quality on the ScreenToaster site, with a URL for direct access and code for embedding on other web pages.
- If you don’t want to record audio, you can add text subtitles after you’ve recorded. A nice way to get around the lack of callouts, arrows and such.
- They’re experimenting with direct uploads to YouTube and downloads to your computer in .avi and .swf formats. Unfortunately audio isn’t included in these formats at this time. With .avi you could edit the video and add your audio back in.
I’m going to include ScreenToaster in my next screencasting class at the end of the month. The class focuses mostly on using Wink for more complex screencasts, but I really wanted to have something that was quick and simple. ScreenToaster is perfect!
My test screencast.