ScreenCastle is a rather nifty new zero registration screencast application which lets you create screencasts from within your web browser. In this respect it’s very similar to Screencast-o-Matic which we covered a while back, but there are some neat differences.
First, the interface is cleaner and more user friendly with this service. There’s a huge friendly orange Go button for a start, which has got to be worth some points, right? Click on it and you’ll get to start the whole screencasting process via a Java application. It’s fast, easy and works. Just press the record arrow top left and off you go. No registration, cumbersome sign in or anything else to get into your face.
The quality of the finished article is top notch, you can record audio simultaneously and the upload is not too onerous at the end of the process.
The downside to having no registration is the fact that you can’t move or delete your screencast, all you can do is release the ID and URL to let others view it. The site says that no ‘casts will be deleted unless they’re unused, but it’s still not the same as having an account management function. But if you’re happy with that, and a lot of people will be, then this is a pretty good option.
Finally, and definitely not last, there’s an API version which you can use to embed browser screencasting into your own application or website. Which is very cool indeed. Visit www.skoffer.com to take a look. All in all a nice application, done well. [Thanks Steve]
For how long will the screencasts be saved and available? This time is not limited. Maybe however sometime in the future videos that were watched 0 times for a long time like 1 year could be deleted, to reduce cost. We will take care that no video that is still in use will be deleted. Can I delete my screencasts? No. Since Skoffer does not require a registration we can not associate your screencasts with your person. If you don´t want someone to see a screencast that you uploaded don´t publish the screencast ID. Since we use very long video IDs it´s practically impossible (there are 16³² unique IDs) to access your video without the knowledge of the ID.