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

  • seaforthcastle
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    I wonder where everyone else is getting the malware reports from. I downloaded both the software exe file and the codec from sourceforge (please note) and scanned both with MalawareBytes current version. No malware of any kind was detected in the exe or codec surprisingly despite previous reports here, nor did it install any unwanted software/adware or re-direct my browser as a result of installation. I also ran AVG on the installtion files and my system, no malware or other threats are reported. I am running Vista 64 bit. I then installed the software and ran a basic test to see if I could record something and it did work as expected. I'll report more fully when I get a chance to really test the features of the software.

    Posted 10/11/2015
  • sf-u
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    For those complaining about ad-ware junk bundled with the installer package: - yes, as a user I agree that this is too much and I do not like the trend of including these - the online installer contains misleading text and buttons Before installing anything: - install a good anti-virus (av) software that blocks potentially unwanted programs (pup) While installing Camstudio - first click Next, then click Decline as many times it appears as an option - review installed files in program dir, delete all junk To avoid such accidents with these kind of "bundles": - install a good anti-virus (av) software that blocks potentially unwanted programs (pup) - install a good application-level firewall / hips that gives you control - optionally use an uninstaller and create a snapshot with it before and after installing - review installed files in program dir and elsewhere - review services if the system configuration has changed - review registry changes - remove anything unwanted

    Posted 12/03/2014
  • natthakit
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    CamStudio_2.7 r316 = Clean CamStudio_2.7.2 r326 = Contain [InstallCore] Malwarebytes will wipe it off in no time. If you download from you'll get CamStudio_2.7 r316 this one clean.

    Posted 10/16/2014
  • kbzombie
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    This is great software! BE AWARE, there are some evil little pricks out there distributing garbage under the camstudio name! Only get your installer from here on sourceforge!

    Posted 05/17/2014
  • figerty
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Not the best out there. But not bad either. Not sure what Installer you folks were using or where you got it from but I saw nothing unusual in the Installer I got from Sourceforge. Plus, knowing the installer system they use, "Inno Setup" and how it's configured etc, they have only added one page to the and to explain what has been done with Cam Studio etc. Get over the bad reviews already.

    Posted 04/24/2014
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End Users/Desktop

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Win32 (MS Windows)

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