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

    I have used CamStudio in the past and found that it is good, reliable, and lets face it free, screen recording software. I have Adobe Premiere Pro, so don't need to do video editing in my screen capture software, I just want something that captures my screen, captures my voice and highlights the cursor. CamStudio also auto pans which is useful if you are not recording the whole screen, but occasionally need to move over and show something out of the current shot. One feature I wish CamStudio had is the ability to display keyboard presses as text on the screen in a customizable location. I find when watching demonstrations of software that use a lot of keyboard shortcuts such as Photoshop or Premiere Pro etc, that they can be difficult to follow since the person generally forgets to mention what they are pressing and when. But sadly CamStudio doesn't seem to do this. The workaround of course is that when making demonstration videos just don't forget to say what keyboard shortcuts you are pressing when you use them, so the viewers can follow along. Anyway I up graded my computers after many years and so needed to download the latest version of CamStudio. I read all these complaints about people getting Malware and trojans and things when installing CamStudio even here on sourceforge. Anyway as of 16th of Feb 2016 I can report that the file available here from the link in the "Stable" folder on files tab of the CamStudio pages had no malware of any kind. Various commentors for this software noted that you just have to click decline and the Malware is not installed, but for me there was no attempt to install any. One commentor noted that there was advertising in the CamStudio software when it came up, but there is none on the version that I downloaded "CamStudio_Setup_2-7_r316.exe (11.4 MB)". Sadly you can't post URLs in these comments otherwise I could show you examples of videos I made with the software to address the issues of the quality of the recordings.

    Posted 02/16/2016
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    MUY BUENO... FUNCIONA EXELENTE EN MI WIN 7

    Posted 02/12/2016
  • 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
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    I don't know why people are flaming this project. Every "hidden adware" review here is false, just installed it and everything's ok.

    Posted 08/25/2015
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    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
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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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