best free tool to capture your own monitor's video and audio into a file

can you recommend some simple proven tools to capture you own screen's activities including sound, to be played again later?
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25112Asked:
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Snagit is pretty good, but it is not free:
http://www.techsmith.com/snagit.html

Tutorials
http://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-snagit-current.html


Here are 5 free alternatives:
http://www.ezvid.com/5_free_snagit_alternative

I haven't use any of these, but I heard good comments about Faststone, awhile back.
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25112Author Commented:
i may have to capture straight for an hour (video and audio included)
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Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
Using AVS4YOU Video Editor Screen Capture function will allow you to easily accomplish this. And it's free.
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Anthony RussoCommented:
Camtasia Studio , also from Techsmith is a great tool and a bit more robust than SnagIt is. Very popular and great results. They also offer a free trial.

Software for screen recording and video editing : http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.html
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nickg5Commented:
Your print screen sysrq key on your keyboard can let you capture still screen shots.

An hour?
Are you playing some video on your computer for that hour?
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nickg5Commented:
Record video from a webcam, recording device or screen

Record your computer screen
a. Capture video directly to your hard drive
b. Screen capture software records the entire screen, a single window, or any selected.
c. Record video alone or video and audio simultaneously.

Get it Free.

http://www.nchsoftware.com/capture/index.html
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MereteCommented:
Well it depends, how much space do you have.
BSR Screen Recorder
Starts and stops recording at times set by user
http://www.bsrsoft.com/
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25112Author Commented:
tried the options. nice.thanks a lot.
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Thank you much.    : )
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MereteCommented:
Thank you
Lots for you to try
cheers
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nickg5Commented:
Thanks....
I have some recording to do myself.....Merete gave me all the help I needed.
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