Screencasts, or screen capture, are digital recordings of your computer screen. You may think of them as video screenshots that record and show the changes happening on your computer screen in the form of a video. If what you are trying to explain is not that difficult to understand, you can add screenshots with your content in order to deliver your message to users, but if its something very complicated, screencasts are considered the better option. You must have seen many video tutorials explaining to you how to perform a particular action on your computer. Now, you can create and upload your own video tutorials by using vTute Recorder. It is a portable application that allows you to easily create screencasts and upload them to vTute’s website. More on vTute Recorder after the break.
The application provides you with a lot of useful configuration options to customize the recording of screencasts. You can choose to record the whole screen, or choose a custom area on the screen simply by specifying its position by entering the position parameters in Left and Top, and the size of the recording box in the Width and Height fields. The screencasts are automatically recorded in the FLV format. The Destination FLV settings allow you to specify the name of the file which will be created to save the recording and Frames Per Sec lets you select the frame rate of the screencast recording from a range of 1 to 10 frames per second. You can choose to capture only the video stream, or both audio and video streams in the screencast, depending on your requirement.
When you have specified all the settings, click the Start Recording button to begin recording everything happening on your computer screen. If you have selected the Full Screen option in the Area of the screen to capture section, make sure that the default resolution of you display device is selected in the Mode drop down menu. If the Mode is set to a different resolution, the screencast might get messed up.
Once the screencast is recorded, you can add it to vTute’s website through the upload form. This allows you to easily share it with other people. The upload form lets you add the author name, author email, tutorial title, tutorial category, tutorial file, tutorial thumbnail image and its description.
Complete instructions on how to create and upload a video tutorial using vTute recorder are available on the product page. The application has a memory foot print of 1.4 MB and works on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.