free software to record video - audio from microphone and show slide from laptop

jgdvishnu used Ask the Experts™
I want to share my ideas for which I want to record a video which:-
1) records my voice through the microphone.
2)The screen that I show on the powerpoint /google slides of my laptop.

1) Free
2)high quality
3)easily upload to Youtube.
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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 more than 30 five-minute video Micro Tutorials here at EE with Screencast-O-Matic. The first three were with the Free version — here's one:
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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:
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Here's the most recent published video that I did with the Pro version:
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But for your purposes, the free version may be adequate. If not, read on. Btw, although I don't use the feature in EE videos, Screencast-O-Matic has editing tools.

Here are 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, so you'll probably want to pass on this one.

(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 — the free Jing may be fine for you.

(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 7:

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
jgdvishnuSoftware Architect


Thanks for quick response I am new and will try each one and respond.
I would just use PowerPoint for this. You can use the tools on the Recording tab to record your voice as you play the presentation. (Start with Record Slide Show, then enable/disable various audio and video settings.) Then you save it, and then you use File --> Export --> Create a Video to convert the PPT slides and audio to an MP4, which you should be able to upload to YouTube.

If you don't see the Recording tab in PPT, go to File | Options | Customize Ribbon and check the box next to Recording in the the list of tabs on the right.
Joe WinogradDeveloper
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Most Valuable Expert 2018

This is one of those questions that asks for suggestions of a product to perform a specific function with certain features. As such, there are no right or wrong answers, as long as the recommended product performs the desired function and offers the requested features. In this case, there are two posts that answer the question appropriately. There is no "Best" answer, so I selected the first post with a recommended product as the Accepted Solution and the other one as an Assisted Solution, splitting the points evenly between the two participating experts. Regards, Joe

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