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CamStudio - Screen Recorder

Free screen recording software

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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

Pros

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.
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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.

CamStudio - Screen Recorder Web Site

Notice Regarding Malware:

The downloads from camstudio.org are known to contain malware.
All downloads from SourceForge are virus scanned. As of this writing there is no malware on the SourceForge downloads for CamStudio.

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

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

    There is NO malware (there was addware once but that had been taken out and honestly: READ before you click [OK]! Always! I have installed many good software and many did not make it easy to avoid the search or home screen to be set to something other than what you have. Even Adobe tries to install unwanted software whenever you update pdf or flash) I use the software since 10 years now and I am totally happy with it. I use screen capture rarely and am therefore no pro. The features I get are exactly the features I need. I am sure there are more powerful and sophisticated apps out, but I want to record my actions and not have to read through pages and pages of manuals before I can even start thinking of recording. This is why I don't use Photoshop if I want a quick graphic but GIMP or even MSSPaint. Concluding: I love it. It does what I want and I can start recording 5 minutes after the download started. Is there more powerful software out? Maybe, but this is free and the interface is manageable. I wished they were in CNet and the likes to be wider spread and then some of us may even donate. I donate 5$ each time I install it on a machine. The developers won't get more than a Cappucino out of it, but I try not to pay more than that. It's more an acknowlegement of their efforts than to attribute to their new Lear Jet. And I am sorry since I work in IT and know how much 'Blood, Sweat and Tears' go into software like that. (I did not need 'support' so cannot judge on it)

    Posted 07/15/2017
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    WARNING - DO NOT DOWNLOAD - Camstudio is a mediocre program that the developers ruined by including unwanted software programs in the download process. It will automatically download a search engine, malware scanner, and about 2 other terrible, unwanted programs that took me 45 minutes to completely uninstall from my computer. On top of that, I had to run a system scan to make sure I didn't get hacked or catch a virus. Consider any of Camstudio's competitors/alternatives, all of which are much better and dont try to unethically trick you into downloading trash software programs. Again, DO NOT DOWNLOAD, it's a low grade, low class, waste of time program

    Posted 07/13/2017
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    oh dear...the installer tries to install adware. If you don't read the text and simply click "Accept", you will install adware. Don't install this software. Also it doesn't work well anymore. It's extremely slow, the output is garbage and who needs *.swf anymore? This project should be deleted. Especially because it tries to trick you into installing adware onto your pc. The trust is broken. I will tell anyone not to use this software. @janhgm @nickthegeek Please fix this garbage. I will contact sourceforge.net otherwise.

    Posted 05/30/2017
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    This goddamn thing installed some random malware... next thing you know... I got this virus that was making my entire windows system flash neon lights. I ended up closing all my work that I was doing, and I uninstalled this piece of crap. However, the system still was flashing... I had to go to the task manager and end task in order to get rid of it.... whoever invented this... your moms a hoe

    Posted 05/11/2017
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    I installed this on my system and did not get any viruses or adware installed. I watched the tutorial video from 2013 on the author's website and in that video he not only informs users that they can choose to not install the adware but also asks users to inform him if they have trouble uninstalling the adware. He states that he considers that a breach. If you have been infected, then you should contact the author at camstudio dot org and inform him of the issues you have encountered. Take care.

    Posted 04/22/2017
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Intended Audience

End Users/Desktop

User Interface

Win32 (MS Windows)

Programming Language

C++

Registered

2005-02-20

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