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When you use a screencast, you record the changes on your computer screen, and enhance this with a voice over. You can use different supporting software & hardware, like PowerPoint or a drawing tablet. In some cases this is used in combination with a webcam recording or an animation.

Screencast with Simone Keijsers, ePOPcorner module ‘Study skills: Theory – how memory works’, produced by the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Leiden University

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When to use this format? When you want to:

  • Explain software applications, complex models or processes.
  • Give a step by-step tutorial to show how something works.
  • Easily set something up.

Keep in mind that you:

  • Need proficient drawing skills when you use a drawing tablet.
  • Should use professional screen capturing software.
  • Need a good functioning computer and microphone with at least an HD screen resolution.
  • Need to make a test video to see if everything is working properly.


You can record a screencast yourself. You can also contact your video coordinator if you need more support.

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