Capture On-Screen Video for Windows 7

Posted on 2014-08-29
Last Modified: 2014-09-07
The client does research, and wants to be able to capture and record videos of all sorts that appear on his computer screen.  

Can somebody recommend a high-quality video capture program for Windows 7 ?

Question by:computerlarry
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    by:Brad Groux
    Camtasia Studio is probably the most popular -

    The software is easy to use, has great support, a great community and robust. It allows for you to record entire screen(s), windows or custom areas - it also allows you to overlay a camera stream (such as a webcam) on top.

    As an example of the quality, see the training videos here -
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    Hi Larry,

    I've been very pleased with Screencast-O-Matic:

    I started out with their Free version and liked it well enough to go with their Pro version, which is just $15/year (I actually went for three years at $29). The trial version is limited to 15 minutes and places a watermark in the lower left, which can be very bothersome. I used it to record ten 5-minute video Micro Tutorials here at EE. The first three were with the Free version — here's one:

    The next seven were with the Pro version — here's one:

    The main reason I went with the Pro version is that the watermark was blocking important stuff.

    Here are some other possibilities for you:

    (1) I've used the free version of WisdomSoft's AutoScreenRecorder:

    It works very well and I didn't have a need for the features of its Pro (paid) version, but if I had, I think that the $49.95 price is reasonable, and based on the quality of the free version, I wouldn't hesitate to go for the Pro version. Here's a comparison matrix of the Free vs. Pro versions:

    You can decide which one satisfies your client's needs. Of course, you may as well start with the free version and see if it works for your client. That's what I did and I was very happy with it before moving to Screencast-O-Matic.

    (2) CamStudio is free, open source software at SourceForge:

    It allows recording all screen and audio activity, creating industry-standard AVI video files. It also has a built-in streaming Flash producer to convert the AVIs into SWFs. If you have any problems with it, take a look at the Issues section at its own website:

    (3) FFVideo is also free, open source software at SourceForge:

    It allows recording from screen, audio, webcam, microphone, and other devices. It uses the [ffmpeg] screen-capture-recorder as its recording engine:

    [ffmpeg] provides for a number of output formats, including MP4. It is also free, open source and available at SourceForge:

    (4) Atomi Systems' ActivePresenter comes in Free, Standard, and Professional Editions:

    Even the Free edition can capture an application, specified screen area, or full screen (both manually and automatically). The Free edition supports audio recording and audio/video editing. It has no time limit and creates no watermark. Here's a comparison table of the three editions:

    Unlike AutoScreenRecorder and Screencast-O-Matic, where the non-free edition is reasonably priced, the non-free editions of ActivePresenter are somewhat expensive – $299 for Standard and $399 for Professional.

    (5) Problem Steps Recorder is free, built into Windows:

    However, afaik, there's no control over what part of the screen it always records the entire fact, multiple displays, if you have them. I don't know exactly what your client is looking for, but in my case, I have two large monitors in an extended desktop configuration, and Problem Steps Recorder records everything on both of them, which I usually don't want. I'm typically interested in just one program (window) being recorded and AutoScreenRecorder Free and Screencast-O-Matic Free can do that.

    It all comes down to which product meets your client's exact requirements. Regards, Joe
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    I think Jing will suit you well. It's free and easy to use. Everything you see is geared towards simplicity. I don't think you can go wrong here.
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    For anything on his desktop could include web pages youtube videos lots of things.
    Just for a snapshot use the windows 7 inbuilt snipping tool

    If it is part of a web page/ flash youtube just use youtube downloader and save it then edit it if there is no copyrights
    For web pages
    Keep video
    WM recorder

    Snagit is another I use
    And BSR Recorder

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