CamStudio Open-Source Free Screencasting Software

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Cam StudioRWVJHGUAPAVD A screencast is a narrated explanation of an activity on your computer desktop, usually to explain how to perform a particular task, it could be a tutorial or a simple how-to or a video log or a simple message. There are plenty of tools available in the market both commercial and freeware applications, one of the good freeware yet powerful screencast software is  CamStudio Open Source which is  a Windows program. CamStudio may be Windows only, but it’s free, open-source, easy to use, and one of the most lightweight apps in the top screencast software. If you just want a quick way to record an occasional video, save it, and then work with it in another application that you prefer, CamStudio is perfect for the job.

CamStudio is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files and using its built-in SWF Producer can turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs). CamStudio can also add high-quality, anti-aliased screen captions to your recordings and with the unique Video Annotation feature you can even personalise your videos by including a webcam movie of yourself “picture-in-a-picture” over your desktop.

The recording options include AVI and SWF formats. The tiny “SWF” icon on the icon-bar toggles the screen recording option between AVI and SWF. The SWF file format results in screencasts of small file size, but clarity would be compromised. The AVI file size will be much larger than the SWF file sizes.

CamStudio comes with the support of recording four regions on your screen. Each option is specifically created for different purposes.

Region: CamStudio allows you to select a region before starting the recording

Fixed Region: A default pre-defined region on your screen would be used for recording.

Window: A selected window region would be used to capture the video, any object brought in front of that window would also be captured.

Full Screen: Is used to capture your entire desktop area to record the video.

It’s important to note that CamStudio does not record your audio as a default setting. You need to turn on this setting for your voice to be recorded. To do that, simply choose the setting under the menu “Options –> Record audio from microphone” or “Options –> Record audio from speakers” and you’ll see the check mark appear against the appropriate selection.

The default setting of the program uses your windows temporary directory to store the recorded videos. You can change this setting in “Options –> Program options –> Directory for recording –> Use user specified directory”.

CamStudio allows you to give captions and watermarks to the recorded video. These settings are available in Annotations under Effects menu item.

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