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.

Canvas Integration Note: Screencast-O-Matic is a centrally funded and supported tool, but it is not available as a Canvas integration. It can be used outside of Canvas to create recordings and then those files can be added to Canvas.

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  • Do Not Publish to Screencast-O-Matic.com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.


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

Integration into Canvas