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ScreenCorder - Tutorials

A good way to get familiar with ScreenCorder 5 is to view the tutorial videos accessed from this page. Altogether they last about 40 minutes, and they will give you a useful overview of the software before you start making your own screen recordings. If you are interested in a particular topic, just go straight to the relevant video.

You will need Windows Media Player to view these video tutorials. You can obtain a free download of Media Player from the Microsoft website.

All the tutorials contained in this page have been created with MatchWare ScreenCorder 5.

Defining the recording settings

In this workshop you will learn how to initiate your desktop recording. Various methods for choosing your recording area (application window, screen area or full screen) are demonstrated. We show how to select the right audio quality for your recording and how to represent mouse clicks visually in the recording.

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Creating the recording

In this tutorial, we create a screen recording in "real time" to show an imagined user how to format text in Microsoft® Word. Once we have created the recording, we will explain how to use ScreenCorder's controls to navigate through the recording. You will also find out how to use the visual display to identify a particular frame very precisely. This is a very useful feature with many applications. One of them is to ensure the smoothest possible transition between frames when cutting out a section of the recording.

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Saving the project

Here we show how to save a recording as a ScreenCorder project. Although optional, saving the recording as a ScreenCorder project gives you the extra flexibility to make changes later so that you can create your recording in several steps. With a ScreenCorder project you can:

  • Add new footage
  • Modify existing sequences
  • Export the project to a different video format

Saving the project also allows you to keep different versions of it by duplicating the original version.

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Editing the recording

This tutorial demonstrates some of the editing features offered by ScreenCorder:

  • Deleting redundant audio and video material at the start, in the middle, or at the end of the recording
  • Inserting new audio and video materialor replacing existing material from a specific point
  • Inserting a new audio sequence or replacing an existing audio sequence
  • Freezing a particular frame
  • Setting markers

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Adding multimedia objects: Still images and magnifiers

The new ScreenCorder 5 Multimedia Catalog lets you enhance your screen recordings very easily by adding to them still images, text bubbles, arrows, magnifiers or animated objects, which you can then customize as required via their Properties dialog. This tutorial shows you how to insert still images into your recording to organize it in sections, and how to place a magnifier on a given area of the frame to let the user view it in more detail.

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Adding multimedia objects: Fixed and animated objects

This tutorial explains how to add fixed and animated objects to your recordings. You will see how to add a text bubble or an arrow to draw attention to a particular point of the recording, how to place a label on these objects and how to hide them from a specific frame onwards.

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Adding multimedia objects: Webcam objects

ScreenCorder 5 lets you create webcam objects to be inserted in your recordings. This tutorial explains how to insert a webcam object, how to make the actual webcam recording, how to check its synchronization with the underlying ScreenCorder recording and how to resize or move it if necessary.

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Quiz: Introduction

ScreenCorder now lets you create and insert quizzes at key points of your recordings so that you can assess the level of understanding of your viewers or obtain their feedback on the material presented in your video. This tutorial (the first of 3 covering quiz creation) explains how quizzes are constructed. Note that recordings containing quizzes must be exported as Flash videos (SWF) and can be uploaded as SCORM 1.2 packages on any SCORM 1.2 compatible LMS server (Learning Management System).

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Quiz: Setting up

The second quiz tutorial explains how to define the frame in which to insert the quiz, how to specify the questions and possible answers, and once the quiz has been inserted, how to test it. You will also see how to go back to a quiz within a recording and how to modify its properties.

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Quiz: Handling the results

In the final quiz tutorial, you will see how to define actions that depend on the answers given by the user, how to communicate the results to the user via a score card and optionally, how to forward the results to others via e-mail. You will also see how to use markers to redirect the user to a different section of the recording depending on his or her answers.

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Snapshots

As well as letting you set markers, ScreenCorder 5 allows you to tag particular frames of the recording, with a view to exporting them as snapshots. In this tutorial, you will see how to define snapshot points and how to export the snapshots as bitmaps, either as single files, or embedded in a preformatted Word document, complete with chapter headings, legends, footers and page numbers.

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Exporting

This tutorial shows you how to export your recording as a video. You can choose to export your current recording only, or to combine several recordings into one video. The tutorial explains the different video formats that are available, namely WMV (streaming video), Flash® (SWF), FLV (Flash® Video) and AVI, as well as the plusses and minuses of each format.

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Audio and Video compression

This tutorial covers the different audio and video compression settings offered by each of the four video formats. ScreenCorder 5 is now able to suggest the best bit rate to use when exporting to WMV. When exporting to Flash, you can choose to create a SCORM 1.2 package to be uploaded to a SCORM 1.2 compatible LMS server.

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Web Builder

Create a website to present your videos online in a few moments! This tutorial describes the integrated WebBuilder utility. Once you have chosen one of the professional templates offered by WebBuilder, you will see how to enter a title and a description for the website home page, how to specify the videos to be included in the website and how to create and preview the website.

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