How to make a scripted vido with Screencast-O-Matic
1. Create the script
Start a new scripted project by clicking Scripted in the upper right
Give the project a name by clicking Enter Recording Name in the upper left
Start typing your script in the numbered lines ([Enter text for script section])
Try to limit each section to 1-2 sentences. This will make it easier to record both audio and video. Think about what the visual will be for each section.
Dont forget an intro section (This video will cover )
Use the add section button to add new scripted lines
To insert a section, add a new empty section, then re-number the left-hand box to move the section into position.
The project should auto-save itself as you work.
2. Record audio
Select a section youre ready to record
Click the red Rec button in the lower left. When the section turns green you can begin speaking. Click the blue pause button to stop recording.
Listen to what youve recorded by selecting a section and clicking the Play triangle in the lower left
If you want to remove an audio recording, click the time associated with the section. You will see options to delete the section, or to remove the audio.
I recommend recording audio for all sections before moving on to video
3. Record screen capture video
When you have audio recorded, you can select a clip, and on the right you will have the option record video #.
Click this record video # and a black-and-white box will pop up on your screen, while ScreenCastOMatic minimizes its main window.
If you want to go back to the main window, click Cancel.
When youre ready, anything inside the box will be recorded. You can change its size, or use a standard size (click the gear next to the Rec button). Using a standard size like 720 pixels will make it easier to blend live footage with tutorial videos, should you ever wish to do this.
Click record. You will get a countdown, and then you will be live. You can move the mouse, etc., and the video will be recorded. You will hear your audio and see your script in real time.
To continuously record from one audio clip to the next, you can use a hotkey (mine is option+N, but Im not sure if thats the default) when you want to move on to the next section.
It is a good idea to hold the mouse still when you are done demonstrating each section. This makes it easier to edit the sections later.
Click the pause button to stop recording when you are done.
Click Done to transfer the video back into the main ScreenCastOMatic window.
4. Edit video
When youre done recording audio and video (or you can iterate between these)- go to Edit Video.
Tools I use a lot here are Cut (to trim dead time), Speed (to speed up things that are slow in real time), and Overlay (to overlay text or images onto my video).
Go back to the script by clicking Edit Script.
5. Export video
When youre done with all your recording and editing, click Done.
Click Save As Video File
To use your script as subtitles, choose Captions > Script.
You can also adjust how your cursor is highlighted, the filename and file type, etc. I have been using normal quality MP4 files for the Wiki videos.
Click publish. It will take a moment to export your video, but then youre done!