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Screen Capture

What is Screen Capture?

Video screen capture, or screencast, is the process of creating a video recording of a computer screen. The process of video screen capture can be used to record a software demonstration, a presentation, or just about anything that appears on a computer screen. If you have questions about copyright as it relates to screencasting, please contact the University Copyright  Office.

How do I know what tool to use?

There are many free and paid screen capture tools available online. Below is a table that describes what you should look for in a screen capture tool.

Security Does the support site for the tool look reputable? What do the online reviews of the tool say? Are there reports of malware?

Recording Time

Some tools will only record a few minutes of video at a time. Be sure that the tool you choose can record your entire presentation.
Recording Format

Be sure to find a tool that creates MP4 files. Some tools will only create WMV or MOV files. These files may be difficult for others to play on their computer. You can make sure the tool creates an MP4 by looking at the output format listed in the tool description.

Recording Size Some screen recorders will only record the full screen and some will allow the user to select an area for recording. Select a recorder that will record the area you need to record. Remember, everything in the recording area will be in the final recording.

Basic Editing

Many of the screen capture tools today have editing capabilities. Most of the time you will want to be able to trim off the beginning and the end of the video. However, this can also be accomplished in a video editing program like iMovie or Windows Movie Maker.

Federal law protects class presentations you post online

When you make a screen capture for a Texas State class and post it online, you are revealing information about yourself that is protected by a federal law known as FERPA. Under FERPA, you, as a student, have the right to control the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your education record, including your still or video image and voice recording.
While you may not be worried about sharing FERPA-protected information about yourself, you should be mindful of other students' privacy rights when creating videos for class assignments. To ensure compliance with FERPA, you must not share (outside of class) videos that contain personally identifiable information of other students unless you have secured written consent from the student.
If you have questions about your privacy rights under FERPA, contact the Registrar 

Is privacy a concern if I'm posting video online?

Privacy is absolutely a concern. While you will obtain consent from your peers to record them, it's also important to protect their privacy as much as possible. Of course, you should also consider your own privacy when posting video online, just as you avoid over-sharing on social media. See the privacy settings for popular hosting sites below.
Protecting your privacy and the privacy of your peers in a university setting allows you to learn and grow as a professional in your future field of choice without having to worry about possible negative consequences. Restricting access to the content and deleting the content at the end of the semester are 2 methods, documented below, that can help you protect your privacy.
This Educause article explains more about why keeping your student information private is important.

I published my recording online, what now?

Have you considered privacy settings? Below are links to support pages for privacy settings on popular video hosting sites.

YouTube Privacy Settings

Vimeo Privacy Settings

Screencast-O-Matic Privacy Settings

Do you want to delete your video at the end of the semester? Set up a calendar reminder in Outlook to delete your video.

Create an Outlook Appointment

Delete YouTube Video

Delete Vimeo Video


Notice: The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the reproductions of copyrighted material. The person using this documentation is liable for any infringement.