Screen Captures, YouTube & Popcorn

Screen Captures with Snagit

Snagit is an screen capturing tool that will allow you to take pictures or video screen shots. For instance, you can capture the screen as you are performing some artistic endeavor in one of the many Adobe packages that you learned in the lab. This is useful for making tutorials or trying to show off some neat feature.

You can download the 15 day trial version from:

A trial version has been downloaded to all the machines.

Instead of re-inventing the wheel, here are some video tutorials to help you get started:

The cool thing about Snagit is that it will upload videos to YouTube by simplifying clicking on a button and entering your YouTube account information. Look at the intro video from the above link for information on how to do that.

Screen Captures with QuickTime

Instead of Snagit, if you are using a Mac, you can also use QuickTime to do screen recordings. QuickTime is also available for Windows, but I am uncertain if it is capable of video recording.

A video on how to do a screen capture using QuickTime is available at:

QuickTime will also allow you to do instant uploads to YouTube. The image below shows you the icon that you can click to get that option:



You will need a YouTube account for uploading videos from Snagit or QuickTime and for adding videos to Popcorn.

To get an account, go to the following page and then click on the "Sign in" button
YouTube and Google are connected, if you already have a Google account, then type in your username and password. Otherwise, you will have to click on "Create an account".

If you are creating a new account, make a note of it. Otherwise, if you are like me, you might forget.

Once you have an account, you can upload videos by clicking on the "Upload" button and dragging and dropping video files.

Here's a YouTube video of uploading a YouTube video (sort of circular).

Popcorn Maker

Popcorn Maker allows you to remix and combine video, audio, images, and text (in the form of pop-ups). It is an online tool that has a timeline with multiple layers. Here's a Ted talk about the conceptual idea of Popcorn Maker:

You can get started on Popcorn Maker, by following the link below:

Here are some links to help you get started:

Please be aware of a couple of things when using Popcorn Maker:

I have a couple of bugs, but here is my initial attempt at working with popcorn:


This last lab (with assignment) is meant to showcase the work that you have done in the lab. You can choose one of the following options:

  1. Choose one of your favorite labs and create a "making of" or "behind the scenes" look at what you did to complete it.
  2. Present a feature or function (from the labs) that you thought was unique, exciting, or fun to use.


Your completed work must contain:

Your completed work will be displayed in the lab as a "digital art show" in next week's lab.