Screencast-O-Matic Best Practices Series: Adding Overlays with SCOM Video Editor

While viewers today can appreciate good production quality, it isn't necessary to be considered a great video. Viewers today would much prefer video with great content over a well produced video that doesn’t have the content they want. - Garin Hess, CEO Consensus


While we don’t think your videos need to be overly produced with advanced animations, or a professional soundtrack, Screencast-O-Matic does offer a suite of editing tools that can enhance your video. Among the many editing features available within SCOM are a few different overlay features. For instance, text and titles can help viewers understand your message, while shapes and image overlays can help you hold viewers’ attention. Below are some of our favorite overlay features that can help add the right amount of polish to your video. 


As you start to test out these overlay features in your own video, keep in mind that when you add an overlay to your recording, it will go on top of previous overlays. For example, adding an image after a shape will result in the image going on top of the shape. You can prevent this by reordering the layers so they don’t unintentionally cover up another. Select “layering” in the menu of the object.  This will pull up a list of all the layers in your video. Then simply click and drag the layer to move it to the top.


1. Image - Choose an image from your computer to overlay over the top of your video. This is a great way to add a title slide to your video. I was able to create the title slide shown below by taking a screenshot of a powerpoint slide and overlaying it for the first 4 seconds of the video.  For more info on putting a title slide in your video check out this article. How to Add a Title Page Using Screencast-O-Matic


2. Shape/Arrow - Adding a shape or arrow is a fun, simple way to enhance your video. Choose from circles, squares, stars, equation symbols, or several versions of arrows. After you have placed your shape you can also edit it’s color, size, shading, or how it transitions onto the screen. Here is a link to a video showing how to do this. Shape Overlay Video Tutorial


3. Blur - Are you doing a screen recording of your software platform, but need to highlight a page that has sensitive data? Using the blur overlay you will draw a box over the area that you want to be blurred out, and then on the timeline you will determine at what point in the video the box will appear. Blur Overlay Video Tutorial


4. Highlight - The highlight overlay is a cool way to showcase a certain area of your screen. Just like the other overlays you will draw the area from your screen that you want highlighted and then mark the spot on the timeline where you want this highlight to appear. Highlight Overlay Video Tutorial


5. Text - Finally, adding text to your video is another simple way to create a title slide for your video or simply engage your viewer in a certain spot of the video. Text Overlay Video Tutorial