Astronomy and Cosmology - Create Screenshots and Screencasts and add to Slide-Based Presentation
Through this workshop we will learn
- How to create screenshots (image files) and screencasts (video recordings) of a computer screen
- How to add/embed image and video files into a slide-based presentation
Includes an overview of the different methods available depending on what application and/or operating system one is using.
How to Take Screenshots
Stellarium: Screenshot (Mac or Windows)
- To save what is on the screen, press control+s.
- Screenshots are taken in .png format, and have filenames like: stellarium-000.png, stellariuim-001.png (which can be edited)
- Stellarium saves screenshots in different directories depending in your system type. For example, on a Mac, screenshots may save to your default Pictures folder.
Mac OS X: Screenshot
- To take a picture of the entire screen: Press command+shift+3
- To select an area/portion of the screen: Press command+shift+4, produces a crosshair, then draw a box around the area you would like a screenshot of.
- To select a single window: Use command+shift+4 then press the spacebar - after the crosshair turns into a camera icon, click on the window you would like a screenshot of.
NOTE: Mac’s default location for saving screenshot files is the Desktop.
- Use the Snipping Tool (Windows 8)
How to Record a Screencast (Video)
Using QuickTime (Mac or Windows)
Quicktime is a built-in application in Mac OS X and is available as a free download for Windows users.
- Go to File, select New Screen Recording
- If you would like to include an audio component, select a microphone from the record window by clicking on the small arrow at right for a list of options
- Click the red button to start recording video.
- You can stop the recording using either of these methods:
- click the stop button in the Mac menu bar, upper right
- press command+control+escape at same time
NOTE: On Mac, the video file will save to the default Movies folder.