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Due to cost and reliability concerns, the Center for Online Learning and Innovation is not renewing ScreenPal at the end of the 2023-2024 academic year. The last day faculty or staff can use Screenpal is May 14th, 2024.

In the last decade ScreenPal, or previously Screencast-O-Matic, has been a great toolset to help faculty easily record and edit screencast videos. However, since we acquired Screencast-O-Matic, a variety of new video tools have appeared that are more capable and reliable, and are better integrated into our daily web platforms, such as D2L. Plus, ScreenPal has been problematic for users in the past two years due to an awkward licensing procedure. Over the last year, usage of our license has declined. It simply no longer is the best option for Canisius faculty who record screencast videos.

Faculty can record videos using a variety of options:

  • Panopto is built into D2L, and provides a web-based recorder and simple editor for making cuts. We find this is the most efficient solution for most faculty and staff, and it can even be available to students in classes.
  • Mac users have QuickTime and iMovie.
  • PC users can try Clipchamp, a Microsoft Product.
  • OBS and Adobe Premiere Pro are advanced options for recording and editing, respectively.

Additional tips, tutorials, and information can be found on the Web-Based Video for Teaching Wiki page.