Screencasting (or Screen Recording) is nothing but recording the output of your computer screen often with voice narration. Screencasts are useful for demonstrating and teaching software features.
Create demonstration videos for any software program, or create video tutorials.
Record a recurring problem with your computer or software so you can show technical support people.
Create video-based information products you can sell or share with your audience via blogs (Podcasting).
Advantages of Screencasting are many and you can do the following efficiently,
There are many Free Screen Recording (Screencasting) tools that are available on the internet. Some of them are Open and some of them are free but not open. Here is a comprehensive list of such tools.
CamStudio – CamStudio is an Open Source and free Screen Recording tool written in C++ on win32 platform. CamStudio can record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create AVI video files. Its built-in SWF Producer can turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs) which are ideal to host on a web site. CamStudio is highly recommended for ScreenCasting purposes and a drawback is it is available only on Windows platform. Download CamStudio here.
ScreenToaster – ScreenToaster is not open but absolutely FREE. One of the best online Screen Casting tool available. Register for free & use it anywhere anytime. You can make screencasts / tutorials / demos etc. You can record your screen in one click, No download needed. Share videos on the Internet in Flash, Embed them on blogs/webpages or send them by email. ScreenToaster is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
Capture Fox – Capture Fox is a FREE (not open) Firefox add-on and a handy tool to create tutorials about a software, a web site or anything that can be displayed on your computer. It records your screen frame by frame. You can also record your voice. Supported features, Capture screen, record your sound and get an AVI (movie) file. Adjustable video quality and easy to use. With just few clicks, you can start capturing your screen and record your sound. Capture Fox can be used on any OS platform as it is a browser based tool. Download Capture Fox here.
Jing – Jing is a hosted Screen Capturing and Recording tool. It was completely FREE until early Jan, 2009. Now, there is a Jing Pro version now with some goodies like compact high quality videos etc. But, Jing basic is pretty good, you can use it for free. It requires a download but the videos can be shared online via ScreenCast (a basic free version is available, for more check out their pricing information). Jing is supported on Windows and Mac. Download Jing Free here.
Screenr – Another completely Free Screencasting online tool for Twitter! Plays anywhere on the web.
RecordMyDesktop – Desktop session recorder for GNU/Linux.
VidShot – VidShot Capturer created for quick screen capturing. You can use VidShot Capturer for capturing anything you see on your PC desktop and record them to video.
Screencast-o-magic – Screencast-O-Matic is the original free and easy way to make a video recording of your screen (Screencast) and upload it for free hosting all from your browser with no install!
Screen2EXE – Record screen activities on desktop.
Some more FREE ScreenCasting Tools
FFmpeg – FFmpeg is a complete open source solution to record, convert and stream audio and video. It includes libavcodec, the leading audio/video codec library. FFmpeg is developed under Linux, but it can be compiled under most operating systems, including Windows. It is good but recommended for advanced users.
Windows Media Encoder – Windows Media Encoder is a powerful tool for content producers who want to capture audio and video content using the many innovations in Windows Media, including high-quality multichannel sound, high-definition video quality, and support for mixed-mode voice and music content. Again, it is for advanced users. For Windows users only. Not open but FREE.
AVI Screen Capture – AVI Screen Capture program allows you to capture your desktop or certain windows within your desktop to AVI video files. For Windows users only and it is not open.
Wink – Wink is an open source, Tutorial and Presentation creation software, primarily aimed at creating tutorials on how to use software (like a tutor for MS-Word/Excel etc). Using Wink you can capture screenshots, add explanations boxes, buttons, titles etc and generate a highly effective tutorial for your users. Wink is available on Linux and Windows.
vTute – vTute can create your own tutorial videos by running vTute Recorder tool. You can then upload the created files using the form listed on their site for free. vTute is available on Windows for FREE (not open).
ScreenCastle - Record a Screencast directly from you browser.