Recording video tutorials in Windows

Posted on 2007-10-07
Last Modified: 2016-02-10
I wish to create tutorial files to be played in Quicktime or Windows Media Player. These would comprise action within a window like those created by

I'd like to hear recommendations from people who are familiar with the necessary software.

I've found these:  (open source)

All claiming to be the best.

I have Snagit 8, which will do the job, but it produces very large files and although it's excellent for screenshots, it's not very flexible with video.

Does Quicktime Pro record screen action? Or does it just play files recorded by other programs? I note that the tutorials play in Quicktime by default (on my machine at least), but that there are no controls in the window for stop, fast forward, etc. Is this standard, or is that just the way it's been set up?

Your help is appreciated. I'm happy to pay for a good product, but I've no objections to free stuff either. :o)

Question by:Alan Henderson
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    We've used Camtasia before, and have found it to be very flexible and easy to use, producing excellent quality video files.  Their site is at:
    They are the same company that makes SnagIt that you mentioned you've used.  SnagIt is more for capturing screens, and Camtasia is primarily for video creation.
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    by:Alan Henderson
    Thanks for the input sah18.

    Camtasia looks good, and I know that Techsmith's products are outstanding. But the sticker shock is a worry. $319 against $30 for the bulk of the competition.

    I'll be using the program for creating free lessons - it's my retirement hobby - so I'll get no return on this. If it's worth the extra I'll pay, but it'll hurt. :o(
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    by:Alan Henderson
    I've been sweating blood over this. It's a toss-up between Camtasia and Instant Demo (even more expensive than Camtasia for the Pro version). I asked NetPlay for an educational discount on Instant Demo Pro and they said "No problem, you can have it for nothing!".

    Very nice of them, but I still like Camtasia: more intuitive and better tutorials. Maybe I'll use both.

    Disappointing not to get more opinions - you get the brass ring sah18. Thanks.

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