Which video software for making windows video tutorials/screencasts?

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What is recommended for making video screencasts / software tutorials?

I like Camtasia Pro but at 300 bux its out

BSR ?

screencast-o-matic?

I'm willing to buy/pay...just not 300 bux.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brandon Tanner
    This is a pretty nice free alternative to Camtasia...

    Free Edition - Advanced Screencast & Rapid eLearning Authoring Tool
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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    I'm sorry but my vote is still for Camtasia. You gotta speculate to accumulate. You can use the free version Brandon recommended above but very quickly you will want the real deal.
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    • Profile picture of the author adamj2
      I use CamStudio. Nothing fancy but it is free and I find it does the trick for simple screen capture video tutorials.
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  • Profile picture of the author willisk
    My vote is still for Camtasia.

    You can also purchase gigs on Fiverr.com to have people complete your screen casts, and software tutorials that already have the software for just $5.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lenovo
    I use Camtasia. Thats really handy and awesome.
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    • Profile picture of the author BeechHill
      Camtasia sits at #1, but there are a sizeable number of alternatives that will work well for video tutorials if you're not looking to spend the dollars right away.

      For $15/yr Screencast-O-Matic is pretty good and getting better all the time. Free version available.

      Or, for something different, right now, Debut Video Capture Software is on sale for the month of October at $29. Free version available for non-commercial use.

      Video Capture Features
      • Capture video directly to your hard drive
      • Record video in many video file formats including avi, wmv, flv, mpg, 3gp, mp4, mov and more
      • Capture video from a webcam, network IP camera or a video input device (e.g., VHS recorder)
      • Screen capture software records the entire screen, a single window or any selected portion
      • Digital zoom with the mouse scroll wheel, and drag to scroll the recording window
      • Zoom-to-mouse feature focuses the recording window on the cursor
      • Mouse highlighting spotlights the location of the cursor
      • Record video alone or video and audio simultaneously
      • Record audio from your microphone and speakers simultaneously, ideal for recording video conferences
      • Time lapse video recording
      • Create photo snapshots of a video at any time
      • Add your own text captions or time stamp your video
      • Change color settings and video effects before recording
      • Adjust the video resolution, size and frame rate for capture
      • Ability to burn directly to DVD with Express Burn Disc Burner
      • Works with BroadCam Video Broadcast Software to stream over the internet

      Not bad for the money! (no aff)
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  • Profile picture of the author impro42
    Yes I am a big fan of camtasia as well
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  • Profile picture of the author growth22
    Screencast-O-Matic is still my favorite:

    - No account needed but you do need an email address.
    - When you are finished the video, you can export it to a variety of sources
    - The free version gives you 15 minutes to record.
    - Must have internet access to record the video as it is online.
    - The free version prints a small watermark at the bottom of the video but it doesn't detract from your video.
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    • Originally Posted by growth22 View Post

      Screencast-O-Matic is still my favorite:

      - No account needed but you do need an email address.
      - When you are finished the video, you can export it to a variety of sources
      - The free version gives you 15 minutes to record.
      - Must have internet access to record the video as it is online.
      - The free version prints a small watermark at the bottom of the video but it doesn't detract from your video.
      This is nothing short of AWESOME for the price
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Gray
    Free software from Techsmith (the dudes that make Camtasia) Jing, screenshot and screencast software from TechSmith
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    • Profile picture of the author BeechHill
      Originally Posted by Mark Gray View Post

      Free software from Techsmith (the dudes that make Camtasia) Jing, screenshot and screencast software from TechSmith
      The big drawback with Jing is that it's restricted to 5-min captures, with a limited amount of features. It's essentially been replaced by their Snagit program which now includes video capture that's unlimited.
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  • Profile picture of the author adam7181
    My Screen Recorder works very well. I make all my demos and tutorial with it.
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