Q. How do I make a video of a PowerPoint presentation using Screencast-O-Matic?


Screencast-O-Matic is a free screen capture tool that you can use to make video recordings with your computer.  Follow these simple steps to create a recording of a PowerPoint presentation OR watch this video demonstration:


Note: Screencast-O-Matic has an app, too.  You can learn more information here: https://screencast-o-matic.com/channel/ios-app

To get started with the desktop version of Screencast-O-Matic you will need:

  • a computer
  • headset with a microphone or a microphone built into your computer
  • a webcamera (only if your assignment asks for you to have your camera on) 
  • completed PowerPoint slide deck

1. Navigate to Screencast-O-Matic at http://screencast-o-matic.com/home

2. Click on the "Start Recording" button. (Tip: Watch the short video that introduces the tool before starting your recording.)

3. Next, click the "Launch" button that appears at the top of the next page and follow the prompts.

4. Once the recorder has launched, you will see a frame and a box with tools.

5. Display the first slide in your PowerPoint presentation and position the frame to fit what you want captured in your video.  You can resize the frame by grabbing and moving the edges of the frame or you can click, hold, and move the frame with the  tool in the center of the frame.

6. Next, test your microphone by speaking into your mic and watching the bars to the right of narration.  Green, yellow, and red bars should illuminate if the audio is working properly.  (Tip: Click on the arrow next to the microphone icon and select the microphone that you are using from the list that appears and test audio again.)

7. WebCam Option: Refer back to your assignment instructions to see if you are required to record yourself and your screen.

Select one of the following options:

  1. Screen – This allows you to record anything within the recording frame. You can adjust the size of the recording frame by choosing a preset size or drag and drop the frame to your desired size.
  2. Both – This option allows you to show your webcam AND your screen at the same time. This is often used when you want to point out something on your screen but still have your webcam up.

Screen and Webcam - IconScreen and webcam view – This will show your webcam and screen at the same time.

For tips, using your webcamera, refer here:


​8.  Now you are ready to record!  Click on the red  Record button in the lower left corner of the screen to begin the recording.  You will be given a three second countdown before recording begins.

9. Click on the blue pause button in the lower left corner to stop or pause recording.  (Tip: Consider recording in "chunks" by recording a segment, pausing the recording to move to the next slide, and resuming the recording by clicking on the red record button again.)

10. When you have completed your recording, click the blue pause button, then click Done.

11.  The final step is to save the recording. You can save the video file to your computer and then upload the file from your computer or, if file size is a concern, we recommend uploading the video to Screencast-O-Matic and then sharing the link to your video.

Need help? Follow the steps below for both how to save and how to upload your video.

How do I upload my video so that I can share the link with my instructor?

This is a good option to use when the video file size is too large to upload to dropbox.

  1. Select Save/Upload
  2. Select Upload to Screencast-O-Matic
  3. Make sure to type your video's title into the Title field
  4. Select the green Publish button
  5. Select Copy Link after the video has finished uploading. This link can now be pasted into a Word document to upload to dropbox.

How do I save the recording to my computer?

1. Select "Save/Upload".

2. Select "Save as video file".

3. Select "Browse" to choose which folder you would like to save your video to.

4. Choose "Desktop" then "Publish" to easily locate your video on your desktop later. This will make it easy to find your video later to attach it to your drop box.

The four images below can guide you through these steps.

Transcript created Mon Aug 24 13:59:02 EDT 2020 UserAgent:TLoges||Windows 95|Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64; rv@79.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/79.0|5.0 Windows browser-none|Safari|1.6.0_13|0|0|TLoges|Tablet 02:00 PM JSBeckyP>Hi Taylor! How are you? 02:00 PM TLoges>Hi Becky! I am good, how are you? 02:00 PM JSBeckyP>I'm good! how are you?! 02:01 PM TLoges>Im doing good! 02:02 PM JSBeckyP>Good! So for today's session, I'd like for you to be the tutor and I'll be the student to start with. If need be we can switch at the end and I can show you how I do sessions. Sound good? 02:03 PM TLoges>Oh okay, bethany told me you would go over things for the first half hour with me to show me what is done and then id be the tutor 02:03 PM TLoges>the next half hour 02:10 PM JSBeckyP>Okay. When starting a session, log in and then greet the student with your name and use their name as well. :) If it's a student who has met with you before, you don't have to say "Hi Taylor, my name is Becky..." because they already know that! Then you follow up with asking how they are, what their campus they are affiliated with. After that, you want to double check to see what course they are booking for to ensure you can tutor in it. 02:11 PM TLoges>Okay, that seems simple enough but we will see! lol 02:13 PM JSBeckyP>Haha it's not bad. Then you just ask if they'd like to use audio, screen share, etc. :) then go into the session with asking your questions. 02:14 PM TLoges>okay! this is my first attempt so a little nervewracking lol 02:15 PM TLoges>can we possibly do an example first? 02:15 PM JSBeckyP>Haha! It always is. I didn't get mock sessions when I first started tutoring. So I had to practice on a real student! 02:15 PM TLoges>its been while since i took a tutor session 02:15 PM TLoges>omg scary 02:16 PM JSBeckyP>Have you had the time to watch any past sessions using the admin credentials? 02:16 PM TLoges>i have not, i still have not been given that 02:16 PM JSBeckyP>They're on the guide. 02:17 PM TLoges>oh i thought ashley told me there was a log in she was getting 02:17 PM TLoges>i must be thinking of something else 02:17 PM TLoges>no i have nor 02:17 PM JSBeckyP>Possibly. I'm sure Ashley mentioned it, but it's always a lot of information to process within in a short amount of time, lol. 02:18 PM JSBeckyP>Have you watched any of the videos on the guide? 02:18 PM TLoges>i have not, ive been working on all the assignments and resources but i was going to tonight 02:19 PM TLoges>scavenger hunts * 02:19 PM TLoges>im doing the resources one now which is why i said resource lol 02:20 PM JSBeckyP>Okay, what have you gone over in the TEG? 02:21 PM TLoges>do you want to do audio? lol it may be easier 02:22 PM JSBeckyP>Well I suggest that you go over the TEG more in depth before we continue with a mock session. There is a lot of valuable information in there, that you should look over and watch so you can be prepared for sessions. 02:23 PM TLoges>I have looked over a good amount, I havent had the chance to watch anything currently. Bethany has been working with me on what is done due to my current personal life. I dont start with students until the 1st so i can better prepare myself. 02:24 PM TLoges>i need to watch the past sessions for sure. 02:24 PM JSBeckyP>Okay, lets book for later in the week when you have had more time to watch those videos and review the guide a little. 02:25 PM TLoges>okay, i can do friday if that works for you? 02:25 PM JSBeckyP>Yes, I suggest that as well! lol. 02:25 PM JSBeckyP>I have a 9-10am CST and 12-1, and 1-2p for friday. Central time 02:25 PM TLoges>Im sorry for being unprepared. I have been dealing with a domestic violence situation at my home so things have been hectic. 02:25 PM TLoges>12-1 i will do 02:26 PM TLoges>thats 1-2 my time 02:27 PM JSBeckyP>Yes it is! Okay. Sounds good! 02:27 PM JSBeckyP>And I'm sorry to hear that :( 02:28 PM TLoges>Okay, ill go schedule that now. And its okay, i just wanted to give a little insight on why i may be a bit unprepared 02:28 PM TLoges>since i started work it has been crazy here. bad timing but i am making it work! 02:30 PM JSBeckyP>Okay. Sounds good. I'll se you Friday at 12p. :) 02:30 PM TLoges>thank you

Select "Save as video file"

Select "Browse" to choose which folder you would like to save your video to.

Choose "Desktop" to easily locate your video on your desktop later. This will make it easy to find later to attach to your drop box.

Consult Screencast-O-Matic instructional videos for more information.

  • Last Updated Mar 04, 2021
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  • Answered By Suzanne Schriefer, Education & General Education Librarian

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