Create A Screencast With Screenr

By Jennifer Farley

logoScreenr is a new, free web application that lets you create screencasts. Let me start by saying I was neither asked nor paid by the makers of Screenr to do a review. I’m telling you this because this is a gushing review. I absolutely love it.

Firstly, its incredibly easy to use. I had my first screencast made in a matter of minutes. Secondly, the image quality is really excellent. Thirdly, the screencasts work with Twitter (only if you want them to, you can completely by-pass Twitter if you want), they can be instantly uploaded to YouTube and you can download them as mp4 files for playing on mobile video devices and smart phones.

Did I also mention it’s free?

For web designers and bloggers, this is a super tool for creating videos that you can add to your site or blog. After you’ve made your screencast, Screenr gives you the code to embed the video. Another nice feature is that when you download your video as an MP4 file, the Screenr logo does not appear on the video.

If you find that you’re explaining the same thing over and over to your clients, or perhaps you want to show them how to use a CMS or WordPress, you could make a screencast and send them the link. You don’t need to worry about hosting as the screencasts are hosted by Screenr.

If there is a downside, it’s that the maximum video length is 5 minutes. But maybe that’s a good thing as it might help to keep you focused and brief in your explanations? Overall though this is an incredibly impressive app that I’ll be using for my own site.

As part of the review, I made a short screencast. It’s a very quick Photoshop tip:

Have you used Screenr before? What do you use it for? And if you haven’t used it before, is this something that interests you for your own site or e-learning?

  • I haven’t used Screenr yet, but I’ve tried their competitor with good success.

    It’s amazing how many attempts it takes to make a half-decent video, even if it’s only a few minutes long!

  • Anonymous

    This seems like a good one. I’ve been using Tech Smiths free Jing and Camtasia for advance editing. Jing has satisfied my needs but this may be better thanks!

  • It only allows up to five minutes — I’ll stick with Camtasia.

  • I liked it. but it limits to 5 minutes.

  • I’d be keen to give this a shot. At a time when most of us are accustomed to getting value from 144 characters, five minutes of video seems like a reasonable amount of time to do something useful.

    More to the point, if you want me to invest 8, 10 or more minutes watching, you’d want to have some pretty compelling stuff there.

  • Very, very cool application. 5 minutes is enough.

  • I tried this and it’s really simple to use and we may use it for future screencast on our site. Although being limited to 5mins could be a problem, plus I couldn’t see anyway of zoom in, but will give it a proper try!

  • Great post, Jennifer. I hadn’t heard of Screenr, but I do a lot of eLearning tutorials. This is definitely an app I plan to add to my arsenal. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

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