What is Screencast-o-Matic?

Screencast-O-Matic is a simplified desktop recording tool and video editing suite, great for demonstrations, webcam videos, or combination of both. Using SPS’s Pro License for free, faculty can create recordings on their own computer, Mac or PC, edit as needed, and export transferable file formats for use as course materials in Canvas.

Examples of Screencast-o-Matic Videos

The video above was recorded using Screencast-O-Matic to offer an overview of an assignment. The faculty created a Powerpoint to illustrate their explanation, and talked through the overview in a voice over PowerPoint style. This is an excellent approach for adding commentary to written materials in your course that might require some explanation.

When should I use Screencast-o-Matic?

Screencast-o-Matic is an excellent tool for capturing presentations on the fly. Maybe a student asked a question, and you feel the best way to respond is with a demonstration. Fire up the software, record your explanation, then export and share. Perhaps you’d like to record an introduction video, an announcement, or respond to a student’s question in a video, rather than typing it all out. When a recording can be shot in one take, and you don’t feel lengthy prep or polishing is going to make a difference, Screencast-O-Matic is your go-to tool.

The professional version we provide faculty does have an editing suite, and excellent tutorials for guidance, but for the most part all that needs to be done is record, export, and share.

How do I use Screencast-o-Matic?


Screencast-O-Matic is easy to install, easy to start, and quick to get rolling, but may require special demonstration for the uninitiated. To begin using Screencast-O-Matic Pro, schedule a screen-sharing meeting with your learning designer and instructional technologist for a set-up consultation, and plan spend 30 minutes or less.

As Pro License users, faculty have access to Screencast-o-Matic’s complete knowledge base of self-help video tutorials, and example techniques.


Once your videos are produced and ready to share, work with your learning designer to prepare closed captioning files. If you scripted your recording, your learning designer and instructional technologist can convert your script into a caption file. Otherwise, your video will be processed with the help of our captioning service providers behind the scenes, and in a matter of days.