Jing is an easy-to-use screen capture and audio recording application available for free from TechSmith.com. Jing records the mouse movements and screen content in a selected region of your screen along with a voice recording. While Jing videos are limited to 5 minutes with the free version, the program allows for straightforward and fast sharing via Screencast.com. Jing records videos with various dimensions, depending on the area you select, and it saves files in SWF format.

This tutorial will help you get started with Jing and create your first recording.

If you are looking for the right screencast technology, there are many options available. Please contact your instructional technologist for additional advice. Other comparable technologies to consider include Screencast-o-matic, Camtasia, and multiple iPad apps.  The right choice for you will depend on your needs.



  • Create short recordings to explain your syllabus, introduce your course, highlight features of a course website, explain an assignment, or clarify a concept

Student use

  • Students can create their own videos for individual or group presentations which can then be shared with the class


  • Provide quick, personal feedback for written assignments or other projects

Application: Jing, available at www.techsmith.com/download/jing/

Tutorial Type:  Text-based

Platform: Downloaded application for Mac or Windows machines

Price: Free, Pro version is available for a monthly fee

Tutorial:  Using Jing to capture your screen for short recordings