I knew I needed to figure out how to record gameplay so we can show off the products the students are creating and the worlds my team and I make. I figured this would be just as difficult to learn as some of the other things I've encountered so I've been putting it off.
Turns out, it is simple. REALLY simple.
I create screencasts all the time for my teachers, usually using Jing, which records what's going on in my screen while I talk about it. This is EXACTLY what I needed for recording Minecraft - it just didn't occur to me that the tool I use all the time was the perfect thing for this too!
I just tested it out, and it works great! So now in my screencast.com account there's a lovely video of me cooking steak. (Ok, it's not really very interesting, but I figured I should prove it.)
Questions or thoughts I have about using this with students:
- I don't want my kids to have screencast.com accounts. It looks like they can save their videos as .swf files. I can get them to save to their H: drives, then I can go in and grab them and upload as needed.
- The movies made in Jing aren't editable. We might need better capturing/editing software (like Camtasia?) in the future.
- Jing movies are limited to 5 minutes. Would we need more than that?
- I saw a few student-created movies on YouTube where it looks like they just pause the recording in-between narrators. This seems like the easiest solution for group presentations.
There's probably a much better way to record Minecraft game play, but this works for now!