Screencasting Tutorial: Making a Math Video Lesson using Camstudio


In the Free Mathematics Tutorial Videos post,  I have shown you an example of a screen cast video. Another example is shown below. Click the video below to watch the screencast.

The video shown above is an example of a screencast video.  Screencasting is the process of recording activities on your screen. Recording can be accompanied by a background sound from the computer or recorded voice through a microphone.

Figure 1 – The CamStudio Window

Things Needed to Screencast

1.)    Screencasting Software. There are commercial software on the net that you can purchase.  One of the most popular software is Camtasia Studio. You can also use CamStudio (see Figure 1), a free screencasting software that we will use in the tutorial below. There is also a list of screencasting software here .

2.)    An electronic board. We can use Paintbrush and use the Brush tool (see Figure 3) as pen just like the video above.  Another interesting software that can be used as pen is ZoomIt, where you can zoom and write everywhere on your screen, even on your desktop or the icons of your word processor (see Figure 2).  But note that Zoomit writings are erased when you press the Esc key.

3.)    A microphone (if you want to record your voice) and a computer pen/writing pad (if you have to do a lot of writing).

Figure 2 – Sample text written by Zoomit on the MS Word toolbar.

Figure 3 – Sample text written using the Brush tool of Paintbrush.

Screencasting with Camstudio

In this tutorial, we are going to create a sample screencast just like what you have seen above.

1.)    Open Paintbrush, or your own chosen electronic board.

2.)    Open Camstudio and choose what kind of video you file you want to save AVI or SWF. SWF are flash files while AVI are video files. You can choose the video file type by clicking the Record to AVI/Flash button.

3.)    Click the annotations button and choose your annotations from the Screen Annotations dialog box.

4.)    Choose the region of the screen you want record. You can record the entire screen or a fixed region just like the Paintbrush window (not occupying the entire screen).

  • To choose a region to record, click the Region menu from the menu bar, then choose Region from the drop down box. Click the Record button, then drag the mouse pointer to the region that you want to record.
  • To record a fixed region, click Region from the menu bar, then choose your Fixed Region. In the Fixed Region dialog box, click the Select button then drag the mouse pointer on the region that you want to record. Click the Record button and drag the mouse to the region that you want to record. The fixed region means in CamStudio means  fixed size, not fixed location.
  • To record the entire screen, click Full Screen from the menu bar, then click Full screen. Click the Record button.

5.)    Click the Record button to record button. Now, speak on the microphone while writing your math lecture. You can press the Pause button if you want to pause recording.

6.)    Click the Stop button when finished and save your file.

If you have saved your files in AVI you may use other video editing software such as Windows Movie Maker to enhance your recorded video.

Free Calculus Ebooks

The list below are free Calculus and Analysis Ebooks for Undegraduate and Graduate students. Please report if there are links that are not working.

  1. A Problem Text in Advanced Calculus, by John Erdman
  2. A Summary of Calculus, by Karl Heinz Dovermann
  3. Advanced Calculus and Analysis, by  Ian Craw
  4. Advanced Calculus, by Lynn Loomis and Schlomo Sternberg
  5. Calculus I, Calculus II and Calculus III by  Jerrold Marsden, Alan Weinstein
  6. Calculus I, Calculus II and Calculus III, by Paul Dawkins
  7. Calculus Made Easy by Sylvanus Thompson
  8. Calculus Refresher, by Paul Garrett
  9. Calculus Unlimited by Jerrold E. Marsden, A. Weinstein
  10. Calculus Without Limits, by  John C. Sparks
  11. Calculus Early Transcendentals by David Guichard and Neal Koblitz
  12. Calculus for Beginners and Artists, by Daniel Kleitma
  13. Calculus, Applications and Theory, by Kenneth Kuttler
  14. Calculus, Benjamin Crowell
  15. Calculus, by Gilbert Strang
  16. CK-12 Single Variable Calculus, by R. Almukkahal, V. Cifarelli, C. Fan, L. Jarvis
  17. Complex Analysis,  by George Cain
  18. Complex Variables – Complex Analysis,  by  John H. Mathews
  19. Complex Variables by  R. B. Ash, W. P. Novinger
  20. Concepts of Calculus by  Christopher Cooper
  21. Elementary Calculus by Christopher Cooper
  22. Elementary Calculus: An Infinitisimal Approach by Jerome Keisler
  23. Foundations of Infinitesimal Calculus,  K.D. Stroyan
  24. Introduction to Real Analysis, William F. Trench
  25. Multivariable Calculus, by Jim Herod
  26. Multivariable Calculus, by George Cain and James Herod
  27. One Variable Advanced Calculus, by Kenneth Kuttler
  28. Real Functions in One Variable: Calculus 1a, by Leif Mejlbro
  29. Real Functions in One Variable: Examples of Integrals, by Leif Mejlbro
  30. The Calculus Bible, by Gilbert Strang
  31. The Calculus of Functions of Several Variables, by Dan Sloughter
  32. The Calculus, by William V. Smith
  33. Understanding Calculus, by Faraz Hussain
  34. Vector Calculus, by Michael Corral
  35. Yet Another Calculus Text, by Dan Sloughter

You may also want to check my Free Algebra Ebooks post.

Free Mathematics Tutorial Videos

One of the best videos about mathematics I have seen in the internet are from Khan Academy.  Khan Academy offers more than 1100 downloadable videos for free in Algebra, Geometry, Calculus, Differential Equations, Physics, Linear Algebra and other fields. Shown below is one of their mathematics tutorial videos discussing the concept of slope.

If you want to see the list of all their free videos, click here.

If you are a teacher, you  can watch the video above and refer it to your students.  But did you know that it is quite easy to make such video?

If you want to learn how to make a video such as the one you have seen above, I have posted a tutorial about it here.


Here are some other sites offering math videos for free.

  1. Bright Storm
  2. FreeVideoLectures
  3. Just Math Tutoring
  4. Math Playground
  5. Math Videos Online
  6. Math Vids Website
  7. MIT Blossoms Library
  8. MIT Open Courseware
  9. Visual Math Learning
  10. YouTube – patrickJMT’s Channel
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