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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

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Cons

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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Description

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.

Official release builds: http://p.sf.net/camstudio/stable
Source Tree: http://p.sf.net/camstudio/mercurial
Patches sent to the dev mailing list.

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

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Features

  • 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

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User Reviews

  • wrhowerton
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Addressing the spyware/malware. READ what the windows are saying after you download the file. Do not simply click through them all without paying attention. Clicking "Decline" for all offers will ensure you get no malware. That said, this review is for the program itself. My problem is with the choppyness of the videos. I'm trying to record some tutorial videos for downloading and installing some software and when I record, the cursor is very choppy and a large black window seems to flash in and out from behind the browser or program window. I tried maximizing the framerate to no avail.The audio was easy to configure and sounded great, but the video looked awful. For tutorial videos, users need to be able to follow my cursor easily so they don't get lost. For that reason, I will not use CamStudio and cannot recommend it.

    Posted 01/31/2016
  • nighttorch
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    The installation is clean. However, it has a splash screen (with 'Special Offers' at the top...) that users can accept or decline. After 3 of those, it then goes on to the actual program. I assume those special offers is the malware everyone here is so upset over, but that's what you get when you blindly click accept to everything you see. So just hit DECLINE, and you're golden. It's simple really. How so many others can't do that is beyond me...

    Posted 01/09/2016
  • rollingoffset
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    It's really fucking simple. If you try downloading from the CanStudio site (camstudio.org/), you get a 979KB file containing MalSign.Generic.94C (avgthreatlabs.com/ww-en/virus-and-malware-information/info/trojan-horse-generic/?name=Trojan%20horse%20Generic.94C&utm_source=TDPU&utm_medium=RS&PRTYPE=AVF). If, on the other hand, you download from Sourceforge (sourceforge.net/projects/camstudio/) and use the 'Direct Download' link beneath the green 'Download' box, you get the full 11.171MB .exe which installs without problem or 'crapware'.

    Posted 11/23/2015
  • supermad
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Your installation is full of crap. Even installs a software called malware??!!!. I will hunt you down POS, I will research who you are and I will look for you wherever you are and I will kick your azz. I will take your servers, your code and smash your freaking faces with them.

    Posted 11/21/2015
  • coolrat
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Full of malware. It seems the malware is included by SourceForge- quite a shameful tactic that is destroying their reputation. Do not download and encourage the open source projects to relocate.

    Posted 10/31/2015
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Additional Project Details

Intended Audience

End Users/Desktop

User Interface

Win32 (MS Windows)

Programming Language

C++

Registered

2005-02-20
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