Thing 6: YouTube + Screencasts

11 Jun
The One Hour Per Second video is YouTube’s statistics as of January 2012. With 10 decades worth of video uploaded every day, YouTube’s usage via mobile is accounting for 1/4 of global views. With hundreds of millions of devices wracking up 1 billion views a day, YouTube is the 3rd most popular website after Facebook and Google.
Other than Youtube, Vimeo, Vine, ViddySocial CamAnimotouStream are some of the various video apps and tools. Screencasting is another whole kettle of fish.
Screencasting is traditionally capturing video of a screen for training or educational purposes. One of the screencasts I regularly watch are gamers screencasts, of their screen as they play through a game. While some smartphones give you the ability to capture screenshots, there are few legitimate apps. Much of the software is only desktop recording.
So in this Thing, we will check out some of the different ways libraries are using video to not only engage with clients, provide services,  general information and event programming while still having fun.


You have probably seen some great uses of YouTube for libraries.

But what about something new like Vine ?


Beginners: Record a video on your mobile device and upload a YouTube video

  • you will need to create a YouTube account to upload your video
  • you could try using the YouTube Capture by Google app if you are using iOS or download the Vine app or use any other video platform

More experienced: Challenge yourself to create a video using Vine (using #anz23mthings when you share it), Animoto  (iOS and Android apps available) or Xtranormal

Bonus Points:

  • Create a screencast video of a regular library task and commentate the video like a documentary.


This post is a remix of Thing 6.


5 Responses to “Thing 6: YouTube + Screencasts”

  1. Robyn Collins June 11, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    So many video things to try out … awesome! Looking forward to diving in.

    Would also like to recommend screenr a free web-based screen recorder for Mac and pc that plays on most platforms including smartphones and iPads.

    Record up to 5 minutes of screen capture plus your voiceover in high def Flash format. All screencasts are public access. Fantastic for breaking up how to instructions or discussion starters into a sequence of chunks. No editing, but with the 5 minute limit it is quick to record again … and usually better the second time through anyway! Then share the link, embed the screencast, download a copy or share via social media.

    We use it to share info and guide staff and students through instructions for using eResources or Library catalogue for example. Also great for quickly capturing a how to or workaround for a problem with Library or ed tech issues to include in LibGuides, website or Moodle. We also use it to capture the exact problem when we log IT jobs.

    Check out – includes the latest screenrs + the most popular.

    Happy screencasting!
    😀 Rob

  2. Cath Sheard June 12, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

    Love the look of much of this, but suspect it may push me in terms of techie ability. It’ll be interesting to see how I get on. #challenge


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