Mac computers come equipped with easy to use software that you may not have realized gives you the option to movie record with your webcam, audio record with a built in microphone, or if you have a line-in input you can attach a microphone. See the screen grabs below for the easy two step set up process, it makes capturing content as quick as the click of a mouse.
If you have a line in you can also use the $23 microphone for better quality sound.
Other Screen Recordering software
PCs of course provide an advantage by supporting all kinds of free software frequently supported by user-made tutorials on YouTube. Some examples of PC software that gives you the same options is Camstudio for free or Easy Screen Capture Video for a mere $20.
In addition to local software, new online software resources are springing up all the time. A free online screen recorder you could try is Screencast-o-matic, the nicest part of this resource is that it also posts to YouTube and as its online it works with both Macs and PCs. The free version allows you to record up to 15 minutes as well as to select what resolution you would like to record at so that you can highlight a mere section of your screen. Unfortunately it does not support audio recording simultaneoudly like Quicktime and Camstudio, so you would need to record your audio separately.
YouTube editor supports creating a slideshow with narration. Simply drag a bunch of images onto the editor to upload and then arrange them. You can also adjust their timings and transitions to match your audio recording, to get an audio recording into YouTube you will need to either make a video or turn your audio recording into a video using the steps in the iMove section.
Free audio recording and editing software: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
You can use a program like iMovie to add an image to an audio track so you can convert it into a .MOV video file. After you’ve converted the file, you can then upload it to YouTube. Here’s how you convert audio tracks into .MOV video files on iMovie:
Part 1: Add an image and audio file
- Drag an image file from your computer into the project area.
- Drag the audio file into the project area
Part 2: Adjust the image to fit the audio track
To make sure the file is properly uploaded on YouTube, you’ll need to adjust the duration of the image to match the duration of the audio track on your timeline.
- Click the gear menu in the green box
- Click Clip Adjustments and copy the numbers under “Source Duration”. This is the length of your audio track.
- Next, hover your mouse over the thumbnail of the image, and click the gear that appears (not the gear in the green box)
- Select Clip Adjustments
- Enter the numbers from the “Source Duration” in Step 2 into the “Duration” field.
- Click Done
Part 3: Save your file
- Click the Share menu
- Select Export using QuickTime...
- Name your file and click Save
Smarthistory is an awesome resource for educational content that uses screen capture quite regularly for creating the video portion of the audio recorded conversations. On their website you can find great resources for approaching conversation and an overview of their technology workflow, like here.