Screen Recording Software

Posted on 2016-08-05
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Last Modified: 2016-09-09
Hi, i use Screenflow on my Mac to record the screen, however i now need a similar product / application for a Windows computer.

Does anyone have any recommendations? Thanks in advance for your help.
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by:Olaf Doschke
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And how about Camtasia Studio?

Bye, Olaf.
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CamStudio/Open Broadcaster/Camtasia/Jing/Snagit
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Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016 earned 175 total points (awarded by participants)
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I use a tool called Screencast-O-Matic to do screen recordings:

They have a Free version, but it is limited to 15-minute recordings and it puts a watermark in the lower left corner. The Pro version allows unlimited recording length and does not put in the watermark. The Pro version is very reasonably priced at $15 for one year, and even better at $29 for three years — just $9.67 per year (that's what I bought). I've done 26 five-minute video Micro Tutorials here at EE with Screencast-O-Matic. The first three were with the Free version — here's one:
Cloning a Hard Drive with Casper

I then switched to the Pro version and have done all since the first three with the Pro version. The reason I upgraded to Pro was not the 15-minute limit, since EE video Micro Tutorials are just five minutes, but because of the watermark, which was blocking some stuff in the tutorial. Here's the first video I did with the Pro version:
Make Windows 8 Look Like Earlier Versions of Windows with Classic Shell

Here's the most recent published video that I did with the Pro version:
How to tell Microsoft Office that a word is NOT spelled correctly

Although I don't use the feature in EE videos, Screencast-O-Matic has editing tools.

Some other products besides Screencast-O-Matic:

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

It works very well, but the free version doesn't record audio. For that you'll need the Pro (paid) version, which is $49.95. Here's a comparison matrix of the Free vs. Pro versions:

(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 expensive – $299 for Standard and $399 for Professional.

(5) TechSmith is best known for its excellent Snagit product, but they also have two products in the video recording space — the basic, low-end Jing (free) and the robust, high-end Camtasia (expensive at $299):

I haven't used either TechSmith product, but have heard good things about both, and am simply passing them along for your consideration.

(6) VLC is best known as an extraordinary (free!) media player:

What is much less known about it is that it has desktop recording capability. This article explains how:

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

However, I don't think there's any control over what part of the screen it records. I could be wrong about that, but in my attempts to use it, it always recorded the entire screen — in fact, multiple displays, which I have. I don't know exactly what you are looking for, but in my case, I had two large monitors in an extended desktop configuration (three now), and Problem Steps Recorder recorded everything on both of them, which I usually did not want. I'm typically interested in just one program (window) being recorded and both AutoScreenRecorder Free and Screencast-O-Matic Free can do that. It all comes down to which product meets your exact requirements.

As a disclaimer, I want to emphasize that I have no affiliation with any of the companies mentioned in this post and no financial interest in them whatsoever. I am simply a happy user/customer. Regards, Joe

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Great, thanks guys... very helpful.
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Merete earned 150 total points (awarded by participants)
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Which windows  oo7ml  the reason I ask is W10 doesn't use the Aero.
I bought Fraps and it runs in W7 perfectly and prior to w7 but not windows 10 as the settings can not be applied without the Aero. I have it on my w7 system
Windows Problem Steps Recorder is not really a capture tool rather takes screenshots I wrote an article on it 

Cam studio is totally free but captures in raw avi or swf and they are huge so you'll need to convert them to a smaller size later.
w10 has an inbuilt capture in the form of Xbox which can be used to capture here's how to
The Best Xbox Features in Windows 10 (Even If You Don’t Own an Xbox)

I think you'll like the simple DVDsoft free screen recorder
When installing deny the Geek Buddy offer ( untick)  That's the only offer I saw.
It captures region and full screen is really easy to use and not big files saves in mp4
example I used record from region
record video with regeonrecord  video from region draw a rectangle around the area press red button to start and stop square to stop
record  video from region draw a rectangle around the areaTo open file location press the bars on the right. it always stays on top
open video folder8 sec recording 244 kb half a meg  Cam studio would be a couple of hundred megs
8 secs recording 244 kbIt includes the  free DVDVideoSoft Studio which offers lots of fun stuff
‌Includes free DVDVideoSoft Studio
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OK with me to  DELETE!!!
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016
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I'm inclined not to delete it, as I think there are some excellent suggestions here, worthy of being Accepted/Assisted Solutions and appearing in the PAQ for any members with a similar question. Regards, Joe
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Ok My suggestion and anyone can object
 accept Pete html#a41743767 that' a good tool
Then split Joe html#a41744371 and Merete html#a41744642
as we both provided good suggestions with explanations with links and snapshots
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016
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Hi Merete,
I think we get only one bite at the apple with the new "Help resolve this question" system. I think that when you posted your first comment, that removed the "inactive" status, and now it is back to being an open question. I'm guessing (and it's just a guess) that it will go back to being in an "inactive" state in 14 days, and then we'll get another bite at the apple, being able to close the question if we want. But I can't find any documentation on the site explaining the details of the new "Help resolve this question" concept. Cheers, Joe
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Yes Joe,  you're spot on,
when I first get the email Help Resolve this Question we get the options to accept and assist or add a different comment on how to close it.
Have already asked that the option to delete be added but none yet
As this is the now the 3rd I've seen, in the previous where I suggested a Delete it is still open and is awaiting the auto close again.
However new comments are being added and of course moves it up a notch.
This new system hasn't been updated as yet when I look through all the features of  closing
What is the Cleanup system?
Last Updated: Feb 09, 2016 08:22AM PST

There is an update in the Community
Updates to the Question Experience on Monday
Regards Merete
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016
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Hi Merete,
Thanks for that — very helpful! And I recently started a discussion about it at the end of this thread:
Cheers, Joe
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016
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The posts selected all have recommendations for screen recording software that works on Windows.

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