The Poor Man’s Whiteboard for Online Screencast Presentations

Simulating a Whiteboard Doesn't Have to Cost You an Arm and a Leg

... It really doesn't.  While there are many hugely robust online services and software that will give you the ability to conduct a "pen-and-paper" type whiteboard presentation online (e.g., WebEx, Eluminate or Blackboard, NotateIt, to speak of a few), the fact is, something as basic as a blank/white image file or (even better) a blank PowerPoint slide, along with screencasting software, like Techsmith's Camtasia, can get you a long way when creating a whiteboard effect for screencasts.

Then, add to that the utility of an input device like a Wacom tablet so you can use natural pen- and pencil-like strokes, then you have the makings of a compelling extemporaneous screencast presentation.

The video above shows some of the tools we could each use.  Take a look and let me know some of the other tools you've used before.  I'm always on the lookout for new tips and tricks.

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Mel is the online training architect and screencasting wizard at Kareo, one of Forbes' 2013 list of 100 Most Promising Companies in America. He's also the creator of Digital-Know-How, a training website devoted to developing learners' skills for screencasting and web video course development. Mel is also the chief blogger of; Mel's personal blog. The comments and opinions you read here are Mel's and not associated with any other company.
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5 Responses to The Poor Man’s Whiteboard for Online Screencast Presentations

  1. RedCamel Solutions says:

    Hi Mel,
    I totally agree that there’s no need to buy a special software just to get a whiteboard effect for screencasts. As a creator of Whiteboard animation videos I can tell you that not everyone who needs whiteboard screencasts wants to deal with it on their own or knows how to do that properly.

    Overtime I noticed that many people just don’t want their own voice to be heard in a presentation…, and secondly those who don’t mind, just feel they don’t know where to start, what to say, or they just don’t have the time for that… They just prefer others doing that for them.


    • Mel Aclaro says:

      Interesting observations, Yaron.  I agree, many folks who increasingly experiment with creating their own online tutorials are asking for help on where to start or even how to do it.  It’s refreshing to know that it doesn’t necessarily have to cost an arm and a leg to get started.  :)   

  2. Randy says:

    Hi Mel,
    Was wondering about screencasts on my iPhone 5 or iPad2. Is it possible. Also I am on a windows 7 computer and have noticed a few videos where the presenter shows his iphone screen on his monitor and then has screencast software recording it.  How do I get my iPhone display to show up on my computer.  

    Thanks for the help!

    Randy Dickinson

    • Mel Aclaro says:

      Hi Randy.

      Good question.  Yeah, this was a pretty active discussion last year in one of the Techsmith forums.  Here’s a great video put together by Kelly Rush over at Techsmith about configuring your PC to record output from iPad / iPhone.  

      Meanwhile, for those on the Macintosh, this can also be done very easily via the ReflectorApp.  Tip:  It used to be that Reflector only worked on the Macintosh. But I understand PC compatibility is either on its way or now available.  

  3. Jason says:

    eduWeaver by BrainCert is the most advanced free online Whiteboard and Collaboration tool I have ever tried.

    Free Online Whiteboard –

    BrainCert Virtual Classroom is tailor-made to deliver live classes, meetings, webinars, and conferences to audience anywhere!

    Virtual Classroom –

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