Create Screencasts for Twitter or Articulate

Written by Gabe Anderson — Posted in Screenr

We just launched a great new product called Screenr, which allows you to record screencasts directly within your web browser.

With Screenr, you can create publicly sharable high-definition screencasts of up to 5 minutes in duration. There’s nothing to download and it’s completely free. All you need is a web browser and Java, which most browsers already have installed.

Some highlights of what you can do with Screenr:

  • Record from a Mac or a PC
  • Preview your screencast before publishing
  • Share via Twitter
  • Retweet your favorite screencasts
  • Publish directly to YouTube
  • Share the link via email
  • Output to MP4, then import into your Articulate projects
  • Embed in your website or blog
  • Play videos in full-screen mode
  • Playback via your iPhone

Here’s a quick screencast (also embedded below) created by @fredericl of ReadWriteWeb as part of his Screenr review, where he notes that “Screenr stands out because of how incredibly easy it is to record a screencast and share it with your friends on Twitter:”

I’m having fun watching new screencasts being published in the Public Stream, where there are comments like this: “This was my first time playing with screenr, I think I am in love.”

Enjoy, and happy screencasting!

23 responses to “Create Screencasts for Twitter or Articulate”


Thumbs way up high on Screenr!!!!!

Gerry Wasiluk // Posted at 3:40 pm on August 18th, 2009

This is everything a screen cast tool should do. My first screen cast is already made, embedded at, and uploaded to my YouTube channel.


Greg Friese // Posted at 3:44 pm on August 18th, 2009

I can’t get it to work in IE 7 at my workplace. Is there a chance that it can be blocked on a firewall? I have the latest version of Flash.

pinklady // Posted at 3:52 pm on August 18th, 2009

See how to save mp4s

onEnterFrame // Posted at 3:53 pm on August 18th, 2009

Glad you like, Gerry!

pinklady- yes, it could be that your workplace has Twitter blocked, which Screenr relies on for authentication. What are you not able to get to work? Recording? You’ll also want to make sure you have Java installed. If you need more help with Screenr, please direct your questions here.

gabe // Posted at 4:00 pm on August 18th, 2009

Very nice! Yet another great addition to the Articulate tools!

Troy // Posted at 10:03 pm on August 18th, 2009

Brilliant, brilliant , brilliant….Would I be guessing right to say that Screenr will need to go to a paid model at some time in the future?

Still, awesome product!

Allison Reynolds // Posted at 4:19 am on August 19th, 2009

Thanks Gabe.

Very cool application and with this addition Articulate 09 suite is very complete.

Tried my hands on screenr and its working awesome –

Anand Rajendran // Posted at 7:24 am on August 19th, 2009

Love it! Another “easy to use” application from Articulate 🙂

Andrew Scivally // Posted at 12:21 pm on August 19th, 2009

I would love to use Screenr to create training about my division’s database, but the screens I would be recording may include confidential information such as tax id numbers, complainant information, etc. Is there any way to save the screencast without publishing to Twitter so that I could protect confidentiality (and my job)?

Mary // Posted at 2:23 pm on August 19th, 2009

Very nice tool. One thing that would be a nice option is the ability to download the video without ever posting to web. This might assuage some fear around privacy of some content. Not sure if that messes with your business model though.

For the technical, it looks like the MP4 is:
video: H.264 encoding
audio: AAC, mono, 44.100 kHz

Excellent encoding choice in my book!

Will Findlay // Posted at 2:35 pm on August 19th, 2009

Oh and FPS is 10.00 – sufficient for screencasting.

Will Findlay // Posted at 2:35 pm on August 19th, 2009

Hi Mary & Will- take a look at the section on “Use Screenr to capture your screens without using Twitter necessarily” in this blog entry by Dave Moxon.

In this method, you are required you to temporarily post to the Screenr site (not necessarily to Twitter), but then you can download the MP4 and delete from Screenr.

There are currently no privacy permissions in Screenr.

gabe // Posted at 2:44 pm on August 19th, 2009

BTW, here’s a screencast on how to get support for Screenr.

gabe // Posted at 5:40 pm on August 19th, 2009

I can record the screencast and but when I “post” it never completests the video? the Publishing bar just keeps spinning. Any thoughts? I can access the twitter site from work so that shouldn’t be the issue.

Casey // Posted at 7:20 pm on August 19th, 2009
16 is history…congrats Articulate Team for bringing in the new beginning.

Abhinav Patil // Posted at 7:59 am on August 20th, 2009

Hi Casey- could you please post your question on this site, as described in this screencast?

gabe // Posted at 8:51 am on August 20th, 2009

WOW is this easy, slick and cool!!! I was a little unimpressed at first, because I wasn’t sure how the web-based interface would work vs. software. I use ScreenFlow on the Mac… which is excellent, but that is a full Screencasting suite… recording and robust editing. But for what Screenr was meant for… it is amazing!!! My only wish is that it would have the option to be unaffiliated with Twitter. My company blocks twitter so we can’t add this to our eLearning toolkit… which is an huge letdown. But good work Articulate, you are still the leaders of the pack!!!

Dan Rollins // Posted at 1:35 am on August 21st, 2009

When I record a Screenr presentation is it accessible to anyone who registers with Screenr online? Do I have to delete it or is there some way I can keep it private?

Anne // Posted at 3:43 pm on September 4th, 2009

Hi Anne- see this comment above on the topic.

gabe // Posted at 4:33 pm on September 4th, 2009

This isn’t podcasting! Podcasting is about *subscription* and *time shifting* content. You can’t subscribe to these screen casts, and you have to be online and connected to view them. I guess you just don’t get it!

Bummer // Posted at 1:07 am on September 23rd, 2009

Hi Bummer- Screenr doesn’t claim to be a podcasting tool.

That said, note that you can subscribe to any user’s Screenr feed like so:

For example, mine is this:

And, for the record, the creator of the screencast can download the MP4 for distribution or offline viewing by anyone anywhere.

gabe // Posted at 3:05 pm on September 24th, 2009

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