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CamStudio - Screen Recorder

Free screen recording software

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Editor's Review

CamStudio is a great tool to create quick demos and screencasts on your computer in AVI and, if you wish, you can convert them into Flash format. CamStudio's features include options to highlight the cursor path during a recording session, automatic panning, and the ability to record with sound. An effects menu lets you annotate and append videos with comments, plus add a time stamp or watermark. CamStudio also captures screenshots if you set the frame rate, drag the mouse over the area for capture, and tap on the coordinates. While CamStudio doesn’t contain any fancy compressors, file types, or even a video editor, we found it easy to convert AVI files into MP4s, for example, using other free software free software. Overall, CamStudio is a great way to take advantage of open source software to produce both instructional videos and screen captures and share them with the world!

CamStudio at a Glance

CamStudio is a compact little program with some nice features tucked away to maximize its allure. Installation is a breeze. However, when you launch CamStudio, a private product upgrade is offered that has not been verified by SourceForge. You’ll have to decide if you want to take a chance on CamStudio’s private upgrade or not. Yet, once you launch CamStudio, you’ll find several helpful features to make your screen recording journey quite enjoyable. For example, controls to record an entire screen or a portion of it, sound options, and the ability to add comments to videos and screen captures. CamStudio and its codec are released under GPL license.

Product Details

Here is a detailed breakdown of CamStudio’s features:

  • Records your screen and audio to AVI files
  • Converts AVI into Flash
  • Highlights your cursor path for clarity
  • Automatically pans
  • Records with sound
  • Lets you add text comments to videos



CamStudio lets you create training tutorials and has a nice selection of video styling features. CamStudio outputs only to AVI with a conversion to Flash.

Quick Specs

  • Version: 2.7.2
  • Date added: October 19, 2013
  • Operating system: Windows
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CamStudio records screen and audio activity on your computer to create AVI video files and turns them into bandwidth-friendly, streaming Flash videos (SWF). CamStudio also lets you add screen captions or video annotations to your recordings through anti-aliased images, or by producing a Webcam movie of yourself (screen in screen) on your desktop. And CamStudio comes with its own lossless codec that produces crystal clear results with a much smaller filesize compared some popular codecs, like Microsoft Video 1. Additional options include cursor controls, the ability to record an entire screen or a portion of it, and selections for output quality. Best of all, CamStudio is easy to use and navigate, plus it includes a built-in Help file.

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Patches sent to the dev mailing list.

Consider joining the CamStudio project by emailing one of the admins.

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  • Record your screen and audio to AVI files
  • Convert AVI into Flash
  • Highlight the cursor path
  • Automatically pan
  • Record with sound
  • Add text comments to videos


User Ratings

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design 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5 2 / 5
support 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5 1 / 5
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User Reviews

  • donalejandro
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    Posted 07/30/2015
  • slikk7
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Installed CamStudio today from, clueless of where this project has headed to. Before I knew it, my system was infected with adware and multiple trojans, endangering all my sensitive files. The installer didn't even prompt for permission. I already noticed something shady about the installer, it was very non-typical, clearly provided by another third-party. Unfortunately, I assumed to best and proceeded. Nick, whatever makes you do this, you are either very desperate, or very twisted. Stop playing the entrepreneur, because you suck at it. Also, don't assume that sourceforge is a safe haven for the integrity of your project (I see you removed 'official' references to, because your destructive actions will echo everywhere.

    Posted 07/09/2015
  • seamon53
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Tried to install today, July 1, 2015. Comodo AV gave this message: CloudScanner.Trojan.Gen@1@1 File: C:\Users\Robert\AppData\Local\Temp\is-3MFIC.tmp\CamStudio_Setup_2-7_r316[1].tmp

    Posted 07/01/2015
  • dgeorge200
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Humans:) Please Chillax, *that's chill+relax :) The program installation has offers, which you can easily decline, the program itself is free of any Malware, so there you go. if you have malwarebytes the message says: ******* NON-malware detected, Malwarebytes has blocked a potentially unwanted program. Vendor: PUP.Optional.InstallCore.SID.C ******* Non-malware is NOT malware, I know I also go with the first two letters and last two letters:) some of the reviews say the program did not work, it needs the Visual C++ redistributed package, so if it did not work, try uninstalling and downloading a new copy, remember to read what the offers are, and if you are not interested click Decline, and the installation will continue. ********* Sourceforge is a great community and makes great programs available for free, Similar packages are available commercially for around 49.99 d, honest! If I may make a suggestion, Be Kind in your comments and I am guessing you can benefit also from taking time to be kind to yourself too Wish you all a great day ahead.

    Posted 06/25/2015
  • fretsbr549
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Loaded with Malware. Stay away at all costs or you will be sorry. Browser hijack and oher crapware. Sourceforge must be going down to allow this junk on their site. Sourceforge cannot be trusted anymore. Search for Microsoft Expression Encoder 4 with Service Pack 2 for screen capture. It is free and works. It is not on support. I have used it on Win 8.1 and it works fine. Sourceforge does not allow posting of URL's or I would have posted the link.

    Posted 06/23/2015
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Intended Audience

End Users/Desktop

User Interface

Win32 (MS Windows)

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