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Jing

Jing is a free web-based application that allows simple screencast capture and image capture. Instructors can select any window or region on their computer screen to record and Jing will capture everything that happens in that area. Jing enables professors to add basic visual elements to enhance the online experience.

1. Practice

It takes practice to learn how to move the cursor or open applications so they appear in the recording area. Also, practice to get the positioning of the Web browser or application just right.

2. Keep your Cursor Still

Normal mouse and cursor movement can appear jerky, hesitant, or too fast in the recording. To eliminate some of these issues, practice using the mouse around the screen in a slow, fluid motion. Do not talk with the cursor. Do not move the cursor around the screen as you speak. Try to keep the cursor still in the area of focus in the recording.

3. Experiment with Volume

Practice using a microphone. Experiment with volume levels and different microphone placement.

4. Patience

A one-minute video can take two or three minutes to record for an experienced user, while a beginner may need 30 minutes or longer to get it right. Be patient.

5. Clean Up

Before recording a screen capture, clean up your Web browser and desktop by closing or removing nonessential applications, browser toolbars, and desktop and dock icons. A plain background on your desktop is better than busy wallpaper.

6. Pop-Up Blockers

If you do not want to record pop-up windows, make sure to turn off pop-ups by using a pop-up blocker or your browser’s built-in pop-up blocker.

7. Quiet

Record in a quiet location. Any microphone can pick up nearby noises.

8. Script It

Use a script. A script helps you produce the best audio by allowing you to avoid mistakes or saying “um” or “uh.” If you do not want a formal presentation, an outline can help reduce some mistakes.