Screencasting Products to Use in MyCourses Screencasting Products to Use in MyCourses

Screencasting Products to Use in MyCourses


Screen-casting is the process of recording your computer screen and can include audio. There are a number of studies that show adding screen-casting your course can increase student success. For example, check out: Effects of Screen-casting on the Turkish Undergraduate Students’ Achievement and Knowledge Acquisitions in Spreadsheet Applications (attached below article.)


Snag-It by TechSmith 

Faculty can request a Snag-it license to create screen recording and link or embed in your courses. Licenses are limited. Reach out to to request a license. Snag-it allows you to easily record a section of your screen, or your whole screen of your computer. You can record power points, websites, pages on MyCourses or anything else on the internet. You can also add audio to your screen recording. 


Panopto Screen Capture  

Panopto is a screen recording, video creation, and video storage product that is available to all SPC faculty and adjuncts. Panopto integrates with MyCourses and you can add videos you create on the Panopto website to your course using the insert stuff button. Panopto has the capability to record your video, your content, your audio, or any combination of the three. 

  • To use Panopto, you must complete a self-paced, on-demand faculty workshop. If you are not familiar with on-demand workshops, they are courses faculty can take and self-register for. Review this guide on Registering for Online Workshops.

  • Once you self-register, you can complete the On-Demand workshop. In the Panopto workshop, you will be asked to complete a survey to activate your Panopto account through the MyCourses Support Team

  • Anyone can request a license and use Panopto.

  • Panopto does not have advanced video editing abilities or fancy overlays and effects. It is meant for easy use. See the section below on Camtasia for a more advanced video recording/editing software.
  • Panopto does have the ability to embed a clip from a YouTube video and/or a quiz. 

Camtasia by TechSmith

Camtasia is also a product from TechSmith but is a full feature video creation and screen-casting application. Some of the features include:

  • Pan and Zoom
  • Adding Callouts and Visual Effects
  • Easily share your videos right to your YouTube account or Panopto
  • Add Quizzes to your screencasts to assess a student's learning
  • Easily create narrated PowerPoint
  • Unlimited time on recordings

At St. Petersburg College, we have licenses for Camtasia. In order to obtain a license and learn how to Camtasia, the Instructional Technology Team has created a self-paced training course. 

To register for the training course, please click on the link below:

How to Register for the Camtasia Self-Paced Training Course

NOTE: The college does not have any licenses for Camtasia for the MAC.

Pros and Cons of Camtasia: 



Unlimited time limit on screencasts

Requires a little bit of training

Multiple output file types

 Requires more video editing skills to work with than the other two products

Easily create narrated PowerPoints


Easily edit the videos




If you have any questions regarding these products or obtaining a license, feel free to reach out to the MyCourses Support team for help!

Questions? Contact the MyCourses Support Team by email at 
or by phone at 727-341-3500 (Hours: Mon.- Fri. 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST).

For after-hours or weekend assistance, contact the SPC Helpdesk at 727-791-2795 or 

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