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Accessibility and Assistive Technology: Screencasts and Videos

A resource guide for assistive technology, accessibility, and digital learning tools available at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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What is Screencasting?

John Udell of O'Reilly Digital Media describes a screencast as "a digital movie in which the setting is partly or wholly a computer screen, and in which audio narration describes the on-screen action."

Screencasting is an excellent way of creating short tutorials or providing and demonstrating examples of a particular online feature.

Accessible practices to consider:

  • provide a clear written description or text transcript of the actions taking place in the screencast
  • provide captioning that syncs up with the audio
  • offer multiple viewing options or formats
  • ensure that any interactive features can be controlled by means other than a mouse


Watch a sample screencast tutorial made in Camtasia Studio, from TechSmith.

See more Camtasia-made tutorials for Camtasia Studio version 8, from TechSmith.

Read the official Camtasia Studio User Guides

Download a free trial of Camtasia Studio for Mac or Windows.

Free Screencasters

Links on Video Creation