Talking Tech Friday – Screenjelly

I’m working down my list of topics I’ve been putting off, so today we’re going to talk about Screenjelly!

What is it?

Screenjelly lets you create quick and simple 3-minute screencasts.  You can register to use it by creating a new account (name, email, & password), or by using your Twitter or Facebook account.  I particularly like their explanation on why you should use Screenjelly: “Like jelly, knowledge is meant to be spread.”

How does it work?

The point of Screenjelly is to make screencasting as simply as possible.  At the website, you press the red record button in the center of the screen, load the Java applet, and then record your screencast.  You can record with or without sound – for sound, you just need to have a microphone.  While you’re recording, the Screenjelly page will have a countdown so you know how much time you have left.  When you’re finished, click “Stop”.  You can review your screencast, and then start over if you choose.

There aren’t any editing options, nor special effect of any kind.  This is just the most basic of screencasting tools.  However, it’s great for just getting out a simple, quick screencast.

When you’re finished with your screencast, you can share it via email, Twitter, Facebook, or direct link.  However, there isn’t an option to embed the screencast on your own website or blog. Correction – you can embed videos, it’s an option after you choose to share your screencast.  See comments below!  You can choose to make your screencast private as well, though I’m not sure what that means exactly – does it mean only those who have the link can see it?  Or does it mean only YOU can see it?  I can’t find the answer to that question on the website.

They also offer a bookmarklet you can add to a browser, making it easy to record screencasts without going to the Screenjelly website.

Possible Library Uses

Screencasting is great for tutorials and demos, things that librarians are often wanting to create.  Having a quick and easy way to create short screencasts is very helpful to busy library staff.  However, the lack of embedding capability is a bit of a drawback.  While that might not matter if you’re creating a screencast for a presentation or to show a colleague how to set up their printer, it might not be as helpful if you want to show a patron how to search a database.  On the other hand, it might be really great to create quick screencasts to answer common IM (chat) reference questions.  There are lots of interesting possibilities here.  What do you think?



~ by Anali on January 22, 2010.

2 Responses to “Talking Tech Friday – Screenjelly”

  1. Love your posts, but I noticed that you mentioned that you were unable to embed your screenjelly video on your website/blog. That option is under the share button. Once you share your video, you get a link or embeded option.

    I had never heard of and appreciate the recommendation. I just embedded my first one on wiki at

  2. Ooops! Thanks for the correction! I didn’t actually sign up for an account, so that’s probably why I missed that. I’ll edit the post to reflect that.

    Glad you find these posts helpful!

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