Here is a list of things I check before I start recording a screencast. I use Camtasia, Blue Yeti Pro microphone for this purpose. I have a sound-proof studio at home. But in spite of that, many things need to be reset and checked before every recording. Something will always go wrong… you learn from it and update the Screencast Recording Checklist. Feel free to post your inputs and anything I may have missed.
The objective of this comprehensive checklist is to ensure high quality recording and minimize retakes or editing time. Of course, you still need a lot of practice.