Screen caps of other computers

I have been tasked with creating some basic functionality eLearning for Outlook. Only problem is there are three different versions running around this office. The visuals are different so I need to do a step through for each one. I only have one version on my computer. I would love to record a simple screencast - the only problem with that is trying to figure out how to record the screencast from another person's computer. And of course they don't have any kind of authoring or capture software on their system.

I need to get through this pretty quick. I have a ton to do (I've had worse problems). Any help is greatly appreciated.

4 Replies
Bo Toennesen

Hi Jonathon

I ask for the same on month ago, and the answers was:

You mentioned needing to do recordings at home, and your license allows you as a single user to install it on two computers as detailed here: https://www.articulate.com/support/storyline/number-of-activations-allowed-378

I think on another way - what if you have a program where other said okay to that you could see there screen, so could you make the screencast you need?

Michael Hinze

In the past, I have recorded other user's desktops via a VPN connection, Windows Remote Desktop or even a webex session that shared someone's desktop. The idea here is to DISPLAY someone's desktop or application window on the PC with Storyline on it. In some instances, there were (minor) issues with the fidelity and responsiveness of the remote recording, but it was a workable alternative. You should check with your IT folks, they may have a solution you can at least test.

Jonathon Miller

Thanks guys. Though it's not at home it's in the office, and it is still a challenge.

Michael Hinze said:

In the past, I have recorded other user's desktops via a VPN connection, Windows Remote Desktop or even a webex session that shared someone's desktop. The idea here is to DISPLAY someone's desktop or application window on the PC with Storyline on it. In some instances, there were (minor) issues with the fidelity and responsiveness of the remote recording, but it was a workable alternative. You should check with your IT folks, they may have a solution you can at least test.


Micheal, I have a email into IT. Our guys are great, but it does move a little slow sometimes. If I can get a screencast soon, I think my solution is going to be: Find someone with the needed version of outlook in the office, take the needed screen shots, and animate using mouse icons.

When I finally get Storyline installed, that is. I am new to the place ALL software installs have to go through IT.

Steve Flowers

Hey Jonathon,

If you're just looking to run a video demo, you might have good luck recording with http://screenomatic.com. This records using the Java VM so no installation is required. Once you have the video, you can export to an MP4 and bring that into Storyline.

You'll probably need to create another account for Outlook on the machine to avoid capturing email subject lines.