Sharing Screens with Screenjelly

screenjellySometimes 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!

I couldn’t initially get the recorder to work in Firefox. Their suggestion was to check that I didn’t have any Firefox plug-ins that were disabling some specific features (for example, “NoScript” disables JavaScript by default on all pages).

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.

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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!

Longer Screencasts

Screenjelly is limited to 3 minute screencasts, If you want to record something longer then Screentoaster is worth a look.

7 thoughts on “Sharing Screens with Screenjelly

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  2. Hi Marieke.

    I agree screencasting can be a very useful tool. Brian’s EPrints screencast, for example, is a very important contribution to the great repository debate – could have done with it years ago.

    As anyone will know who’s tried to write user documentation for GUIs, it can be really painful accurately translating the pictures into words, just so the user can do the reverse. Horses-for-courses, but in some circumstances a two minute screencast is definitely better than a lot of verbosity.

    And as Andy Powell suggested on Brian’s post, another interesting applciation is for end-users to record “what-they-did-and-what-happened”, in a way that could be far more effective than trying to describe it over the phone or in an email to IT support.

    I’ve tried ScreenToaster myself, and found it good. Here’s a handy comparison of several web-based screencast appss.

  3. Thanks for comments Richard,

    …and for the link (which compares screenr, screencast-o-matic along with Screenjelly and screen toaster. Camtasia is another good screen recorder people might want to look at. A useful list of 10 free apps is available from Web resources depot.

    Off the blog a few people have commented on my screen recording and offered some suggestions/tips:

    * It’s a good idea to close all your tabs on your browser before capturing – helps avoid people seeing the embarrassing ones!
    * Have a practice run
    * Make sure your room is quiet
    * Use the cursor as a pointer
    * Only do one thing in one screencast or it gets too complicated
    * Try using the Windows key for the task bar (when the taskbar isn’t visible). makes it look slicker.
    * Increasing your font size helps people see what’s going on
    * Make sure you add a description and metadata

    Some other great tips on this blog.

    There’s already quite a lot of useful advice out there for standard screen capturing which might help.

    Marieke

  4. Hi Tim,

    Thanks for the help. I’ve tried your suggestion but the code just disappears when I save it. Perhaps it’s a plug in or settings problem?

    Marieke

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