Screencast-O-Matic: Download and Setup Recorder

Screencast-O-Matic is available to all University of Minnesota faculty and staff, and to students EXCEPT those students who have suppressed their directory information. When a directory-suppressed student authenticates and is sent to the dashboard page on screencast-o-matic.com, they receive a blank screen. Work is in progress to allow directory-suppressed students to access Screencast-O-Matic.

Download and setup recorder

  1. Go to https://screencast-o-matic.com/uofminn
  2. Log in with your University of Minnesota Internet ID.
  3. From the Screencast-O-Matic - University of Minnesota page, click Download Install and follow the prompts.
  4. Return to https://screencast-o-matic.com/uofminn and click Start Recorder. Depending on your current computer settings you may get prompted for various information:
    • If you see a dialog box with various options select either Team Plan or Site License. On the following screen, enter uofminn and then click Submit.
      OR
    • The application will open and you should see a dialog box to Enable Pro Recording using 'uofminn' Site License?:
      KB0023673enabler%20pro%20recorder%20using%20uofminn%20site%20license.pngx
      Click OK and you will be launched into the recorder.

Note: After download you may be prompted to download a Screen Recorder Launcher as well. This enables the recorder to be launched right from your browser and is a one time download. If you are prompted click on the link and follow the instructions, and then go back to the Screencast-O-Matic page to click on Start Recorder again.

Existing Users of Screencast-O-Matic

If you are part of an existing site license for Screencast-O-Matic (e.g. Morris campus; Extension; CCAPS; UMNTC CLA, etc.) you will need to perform some steps to switch over to the UMN site license; the steps are below.

Existing users - macOS

  1. In the Finder, from the Go menu pick Go to Folder
  2. Under Go to the Folder, enter ~/Library then click Go.
  3. From the Library folder, located "Screencast-O-Matic-v2" and move it to the Trash.
  4. Empty the Trash.
  5. Return to the Installing Screencast-O-Matic steps above.

Existing users - Windows

  1. Go to Control Panel > Uninstall a Program
  2. Double click on Screen Recorder Launcher. When complete, click Close.
  3. Return to the Installing Screencast-O-Matic steps above.

Usage Notes

Recording Tips

  • Be mindful of what you are recording, especially if you are sharing with a widespread audience. When the recording interface loads, there is a checkered box around the recording area that notes, "Recorder will record anything that happens in this frame."
  • If you are using MacOS Catalina, you may need to enable recording for Screencast-O-Matic:
    1. Open System Preferences mac%20system%20preferences.pngx
    2. Select Security & Privacy
      Mac system preferences menu. Security and privacy highlighted.
    3. Select Privacy.
      privacy%20tab%20mac.pngx
    4. Select Screen Recording.
      Privacy tab open with menu options. Screen recording highlighted.
    5. Check that the Screencast-O-Matic application is checked.
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    6. Restart your computer to finalize the changes.

Do Not Publish to Screencast-O-Matic.com; Save to Desktop

The UMN site license does not include storage space on Screencast-O-Matic.com.

  1. To save a recording to your computer, from the Options panel, click Save As Video File
    A screenshot showing the location of Save as Video 
  2. In the pop-up window, update the publish options, then click Publish to save the file to your computer.

Additional Information