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How to create high-quality screen recordings using ScreenPal (Screencast-O-Matic)

The use of video is essential to both campus-based and online teaching. As a teacher, you can quickly and effectively create teaching videos by recording what is taking place on your computer screen. This article provides you with some tips about how to make high-quality screen recordings using the video editing tool Screencast-O-Matic.

Screen recording in brief 

In brief, screen recordings are screen displays taken from your computer, tablet or mobile phone to make videos for publication.  

Screen recordings are very popular and their use in teaching is on the increase. The reason for this is that it is easy to produce large amounts of video material based on resources that most teachers probably have readily available to them. 


The video editing tool ScreenPal

USN has a licence for the software ScreenPal (formerly known as Screencast-O-Matic), which enables you to capture screen displays that you want to record, select an audio source (such as a headset with a microphone), and start recording.  

For more information about the technical aspects of ScreenPal, watch our webinar about  Screencast-O-Matic and five-part video series made by Peer Andersen.  

  1. Installation (4 minutes) 
  1. Basic principles (8 minutes) 
  1. Simple video based on PowerPoint (9 minutes) 
  1. A more advanced video (17 minutes) 
  1. Editing options (13 minutes) 


How to make a screen recording  

When you want to make a screen recording it makes sense to think in terms of a progression of stages. The effective completion of each stage will not only increase the quality of your video, but will also save you time. We suggest the following five stages:  





  • Would you like more information on how to make screen recordings of your PowerPoint presentations? Have a look at the webinar "Hvordan lage gode presentasjoner" (eDU; norwegian).
  • Do you want a professional touch to your video? Then we recommend using the USN templates: introoutro and USN-logo. You can insert the intro and outro templates  with the insert function, and you can add the logo as an overlay.