What is it?
CamStudio is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files and using its built-in SWF Producer can turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs)
Here are just a few ways you can use this software:
- You can use it to create demonstration videos for any software program or video game
Or how about creating a set of videos answering your most frequently asked questions?
- You can create video tutorials for school or college class
- You can use it to record a recurring problem with your computer so you can show technical support people
- You can use it to create video based information products you can sell
You can even use it to record new tricks and techniques you discover on your favourite software program, before you forget them
Don't like the sound of your voice? No problem.
CamStudio can also add high-quality, anti-aliased (no jagged edges) screen captions to your recordings in seconds and with the unique Video Annotation feature you can even personalise your videos by including a webcam movie of yourself "picture-in-picture" over your desktop.
And if all that wasn't enough, CamStudio also comes with its own Lossless Codec that produces crystal clear results with a much smaller filesize compared with other more popular codecs, like Microsoft Video 1.
You have total control over the output of your video: you can choose to use custom cursors, to record the whole screen or just a section of it and can reduce or increase the quality of the recording depending on if you want smaller videos (for emailing to people, for instance) or you can have "best quality" ones for burning onto CD/DVD.
But all of these features would be worthless if CamStudio wasn't easy to use ... fortunately that's not the case. CamStudio can be learned in a matter of minutes and comes with a comprehensive built-in helpfile, so if you do manage to get stuck, you can simply hit "Help" and get the answers you need.
So where can I get it and how much does it cost?
You can download and use it completely free - yep - completely 100% free for your personal and commercial projects as CamStudio and the Codec are released under the GPL (for more details on this license, click here
There are no royalties or any monies to pay - although if you do use it for a commercial product, http://camstudio.org/ wouldn't say no to a copy of whatever you produce.
Download Links (indirect from sourceforge)
CamStudio 2.0: Camstudio2-0.exe
New CamStudio 2.6 beta (stable): CamStudio_v2.6b_r294_(build_24Oct2010).exe
New CamStudio 2.6c beta (7z package): Camstudio-2.6c.7z
New Lossless Codec: CamStudioCodec1.4.zip| CamStudioCodec14.exe
Support Forum: http://camstudio.org/forum
To manually install the codec, download the zipfile version, extract the contents to a folder, right click the camcodec.inf file and select Install.
If you don't have a lot of experience or just plain can't be bothered with all that mucking around [grin], download the EXE version and double click it to begin the install process.
Here is the project page on SourceForge where you can download the files if the above links don't work:
CamStudio on SourceForge: http://sourceforge.net/projects/camstudio/
Not sure how to download CamStudio from Sourceforge?
Watch the video below, or you can download the video from here.
You'll always find the latest version of the CamStudio program, the Lossless codec and the source code on SourceForge.