Screencast-O-Matic is an application for Mac and Windows computers that records screen activity and/or your webcam. You can record a PowerPoint or Google Slides presentation, or demonstrate a tool directly from your computer. When you’re finished, you can save the recording to your desktop, then publish the video on your YouTube channel, in a textbox using Kaltura within Canvas, in Google Drive, or on another video publishing site.

Note: Students who have suppressed their directory information currently cannot download and use Screencast-O-Matic through the UMN license. When these users try to load the Screencast-O-Matic dashboard where they download the application, they see a blank screen. OIT is working on this issue and we hope to have it resolved soon.


  • One click video screen capture and audio recording
  • Easy upload directly to Youtube
  • Resizable recording window to capture just part of your screen

Usage Notes

  • Be Mindful About What You Are Recording 
    Be careful not to record FERPA protected, or HIPAA/Protected Health Information (PHI) data. When the recording interface loads, there is a dashed box that indicates the recording area. This box can be adjusted so that just a portion of the screen is captured.
  • Do Not Publish to Screencast-O-Matic.com
    The UMN site license does not include storage space on Screencast-O-Matic.com. Be sure to save recordings to your computer by selecting Save As Video File from the Options panel.

Integration into Canvas

This tool has been integrated, or requested for integration, into Canvas. Learn more about Learning Tools for Canvas.