Sometimes we need to show someone how to use an application or do something on their PC and explaining on the phone just doesn’t cut the mustard. Enter Screenjelly.
Screenjelly records your screen activity with your voice so you can spread it via Twitter or email.
Use it to quickly share cool apps or software tips, report a bug, or just show stuff you like.
This is a great free tool to compliment your remote IT services support. All the videos are stored on the Screenjelly server so no worries about storage and it’s 100% browser-based and relies on Java to record your screen activity.
Having a go
I had a quick look to see how easy it is. I actually had a few problems getting started but the help desk were quick to help (always a bonus) – even though the message ended up in my spam folder!
They also suggested that I test that:
In the end it turned out that I didn’t have Java enabled in Firefox. Tools > Options > Content > Enable Java sorted this out.
Note that Screenjelly doesn’t support Internet Explorer 6.0 or below but they do support Firefox, Google Chrome or Safari.
My first Screenjelly Screencast
So here’s my first Screenjelly screen cast on creating an Animoto video. Click through to play.
There is some embed code but I can’t get it to work on WordPress, hopefully they’ll sort that one out pretty soon. Emailing or tweeting the link are pretty straightforward.
Note the Animoto video took about 5 minutes to process and is available for viewing.
In my hurry to create something I forgot to write a description but don’t seem to be able to go back and change that now, something else that the Screenjelly team might want to look at.
Overall I found Screenjelly really quick and easy to use, so a definite thumbs up!
Screenjelly is limited to 3 minute screencasts, If you want to record something longer then Screentoaster is worth a look.