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Hello Warriors,

What screen recording software are you using? Camtasia is mega money and I dont want to dive right in just yet.

What are the best alternatives out there?

Danny
#alternative #camtasia
  • Profile picture of the author daangertenaar
    Hypercam 3 which is $40, there are a lot more alternatives, but I have camtasia
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  • Profile picture of the author Peter May
    Have you tried camstudio.org ? Great free alternative.
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
    Yeah I looked at camstudio...

    I will have another look :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Barry Davis
    Jing is made by the same people as Camtasia -- $14.95 a year for Jing Pro, and they also have a free version. I haven't used either since I have Camtasia but have heard positive reviews.
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  • Profile picture of the author lostarts
    I use browser based applications because a)I'm cheap b)I use a mac

    It's usually not worth it to spend so much, when I'm only going to record a few simple screencasts for a blog.

    Here is what I use:
    Free -only $9/year to get rid of their watermark and access additional features
    Screencast-O-Matic - Free online screen recorder for instant screen capture video sharing.

    I forget if this has a watermark or not, but it's completely free. It has issues with firefox sometimes - but for the price you can't beat it.
    ScreenToaster - Online screen recorder. Capture screencasts instantly.
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  • Profile picture of the author Caleb Spilchen
    I went out and downloaded all the free alternatives, and ended up screwing my computer up a bit {I've fixed it now}... I immediately pulled out my CC and bought Camtasia Full .

    It's an investment
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
    Ok just having a play with camstudio and its pretty sweet good enough for what I need it for any how....

    Also what's the best format to save the videos in? AVI or swf?

    Danny
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    • Profile picture of the author Marty S
      I can do far more with CamStudio (Free) and Corel Video Studio X3. Honestly Camtasia hogs my system resources to the point of frustration that I just avoid using it anymore. (I make long recordings) Yes, that is the latest version 7 by the way.

      Now with Camstudio I can do the initial screen recording, then import that file into Video Studio X3. It is a full movie editor with all of C7 features and more, with a simpler user interface and for less than a third of the price. (I think you can get in on sale for about $50).
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    • Profile picture of the author Kate Davies
      Originally Posted by Danny Cutts View Post

      Ok just having a play with camstudio and its pretty sweet good enough for what I need it for any how....

      Also what's the best format to save the videos in? AVI or swf?

      Danny

      Try saving in both. There are advantages with both.

      SWf is a less used format these days, but has the advantage that it's a smaller compressed file. So if you can get it to work in your web page, it's the fastest way to get your file online and working on the web for people to see.

      Whilst you should never upload an AVI for users to stream (because it's gonna be a big file and too big to stream smoothly), the advantage with getting an AVI output is that you can convert it in to other formats easily. AVI is (almost) uncompressed and is the best quality, so you can compress in to other formats from AVI. It gives you more options to play with.

      But like I say - if you can get the swf uploaded and working in your webpage - it's the quickest route. I'd always do an AVI output too, so you have options to play with if you have any problems with the swf.

      Hope that helps. I didn't want to over complicate things with too much info - but hope that I have provided enough to make it understandable.

      Good luck

      Kate
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
    Ok by the looks of it camstudio converts the avi to a swf... so thats not bad I think...

    Thanks for all the replies now time to have a play
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  • Profile picture of the author SteveBagasao
    I use camstudio for internet marketing and Jing. Both work sufficiently well, but lack some of the functions of Camtasia. But you can't beat the price.
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    • Profile picture of the author sonic74
      Personally I couldn't get camstudio to work on my pc....have had audio problems !

      A free alternative to camtasia is windows encoder 4
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  • Profile picture of the author Sean Gipson
    Hey Danny, take a look at this thread, Camtasia or Camstudio,you will find a lot of helpful info in there regarding Camstudio.
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    • Profile picture of the author Josh Anderson
      I second that... dig deep in that thread and you will even get video tutorials and other resources that will guide you.

      Originally Posted by Sean Gipson View Post

      Hey Danny, take a look at this thread, Camtasia or Camstudio,you will find a lot of helpful info in there regarding Camstudio.
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    • Profile picture of the author John M Kane
      Originally Posted by Sean Gipson View Post

      Hey Danny, take a look at this thread, Camtasia or Camstudio,you will find a lot of helpful info in there regarding Camstudio.
      I agree completely
      Go to post #29 from Josh and watch the video he recorded.
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  • Profile picture of the author Will Perkins
    Camtasia just offers a better overall experience, I mean sometimes I'll even pop open Camtasia over Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 for video editing. Provides a very solid and easy to work with video experience.
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    • Profile picture of the author KEY
      the is a firefox plugin call 'capture fox' that is
      pretty good, and oddly can work outside the
      browser window! (obviously FFox needs to be
      minimized) no editing though, so you would
      still need a video editor.

      while cam studio is quite good, the interface is
      not exactly easy, but does deliver a clean video.
      when camtasia was at v3-5, camstudio was a
      surprising contender, but it no competition to
      version 7.1 of camtasia.

      since you have a month to pay? why not just
      create a project with the focus on getting camtasia
      paid for from the proceeds? $299 is a steal for what
      the program can do (now smart phone vids!)
      and will be a useful tool for years to come.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kevin AKA Hubcap
        Check out Jing (free) or Jing Pro ($14.95.yr) from Tech Smith (the Camtasia people).
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  • Profile picture of the author seoed
    CamStudio is nice if you use another codec and different settings. You must use the
    newest Divx Codec for the best quality! The standard codecs are really bad and you wont be satisfied with them. Just made some videos today with Camstudio, looks very nice so far.
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  • Profile picture of the author ArgusTargus
    The free camstudio may be an alternative... good reviews.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    I use Jing Pro and am very happy. The cost is basically nothing ($15/year). The only real limitation that will affect 99% of IM'ers is the 5-minute time limit. But for some of us, that's a good thing. It forces brevity and prevents long-windedness (is that even a word?).

    The people who bring you GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar also have a nice screen capture video program that I've played around with and like. It's free. Just go to GoView™ Beta : Home

    John
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    • Profile picture of the author John M Kane
      Originally Posted by Zeus66 View Post

      I use Jing Pro and am very happy. The cost is basically nothing ($15/year). The only real limitation that will affect 99% of IM'ers is the 5-minute time limit. But for some of us, that's a good thing. It forces brevity and prevents long-windedness (is that even a word?).

      The people who bring you GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar also have a nice screen capture video program that I've played around with and like. It's free. Just go to GoView™ Beta : Home

      John
      Holly Moly!$15/year. what a rip off,eh?
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  • Profile picture of the author Aromo
    I use Jing for a while and I can say it knows everything I need. You can capture not just screen video but screenshots as well.
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  • I use screenflow and love it (I had camtasia for 5+ years and switched)
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  • Profile picture of the author jembuter
    camstudio is the best
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  • Profile picture of the author eastwest97
    I love Camtasia but Jing Pro is great and way more economical.
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  • Profile picture of the author NACAdam
    Screen cast O matic bro you will love it just google it try it for free its awesome
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  • Profile picture of the author GISA
    I would say camstudio is the best and it's free.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jesus Perez
    Jing Pro has been retired. The free Jing service is 5 minutes long and leaves a watermark.

    Jing Pro Retirement

    Other free alternatives are Screenr | Instant screencasts: Just click record and Screencast-O-Matic - Free online screen recorder for instant screen capture video sharing. as previously mentioned.

    Quicktime Pro also records the screen if you already own it.
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