A Free ScreenCast Program To Avoid For Now

We all know that a screen shot is a static capture of what’s on the screen. A moving capture of what’s on the screen is called a screencast, screen recording or screen session recording. When you think of this you generally think of one word — Camtasia. This is the standard for creating video tutorials and presentations directly via screencast. There’s a Mac and a PC version. There are two components to it, one is a recorder and the other is an editor. The Camtasia Recorder captures screen audio and video. The only catch is the price tag. The full version is $300. There are lesser versions starting at about $50.

There’s a free competitor called CamStudio. It lacks many of the bells and whistles of Camtasia. There’s no editor, no zooming, limited file types – just AVI and SWF (Flash). There is no Mac version. But it does the job you expect it to.

Despite many positives I cannot recommend CamStudio at this time. Apparently many of the download sites have been offering a version of this software that is infected with malware. According to users there, even CNET has an infected version. CNET did give a very positive review of this program, but they have not updated it. So read all the user reviews before you download this program. If you need a screencast program now, stick with Camtasia.

We are looking for other free screencast recorders. If you have a reputable one, please let us know.

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2 thoughts on “A Free ScreenCast Program To Avoid For Now

  1. charlie

    These programs work, Jing is the best place to start, then Snagit and finally Camtasia. UScreenCapture works, but requires a little getting used too. Debut from NCH works ok. PickPic works with some bells and whistles, and home edition is free. Wink has screen capture and mouse animation, it’s companion Wax is a video effects tool.

    techsmith(dot)com/jing.html – free
    techsmith(dot)com/snagit.html – low cost
    offers free Screen Capture DirectShow Source Filter,
    x86 Edition Version 2.0.15 UScreenCapture,
    works with VLC and vdub


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