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Record your first Paircast

Paircast is a perfect tool for recording coder behavior during a take-home interview.

Paircast records candidates’ screens, code changes, and transcribes their voice while they work. Paircast then creates a markdown file with a transcription of  the video. Check out this short demo for an example.

This guide will help get started with using  Paircast.

  1. Download the Paircast  desktop software. It is available for Mac and Windows operating systems.
    Download and install Paircast from here.
  2. Then, configure Paircast to record your screen, microphone, and camera (optional).
  3. Next, identify the working directory where code will be written. Paircast will watch this directory and automatically commit changes to a new git branch.
  4. If the chosen working directory doesn’t have one already, choose a default .gitignore file.
  5. Finally, click the record button! The user will  see a preview of their screen and camera. Paircast will start tracking changes, and you’ll receive a desktop notification when the first change happens. Changes not detected? See this article.

Now while coding, Paircast will transcribe what you say and log it to a markdown file along with any newly created code or code changes andt convert the  coding session into a readme file.

When finished, click “Finish Recording.” Paircast will upload the video file, code changes, and publish the cast.

Click “Edit Cast.” This will launch a new browser window where the cast can be played back and/or edited..

 

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