CamStudio is a free streaming video software, it 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).
CamStudio is a utility for Windows that lets you record everything that happens on your desktop, recording both the full screen, like windows or defined areas, as well as audio that this asset at the time, even as you record from a microphone , generating a file in AVI video format and using the generator in Flash format SWF to easily integrate in your site, generating a file of weight and with support for streaming video over flash.
Record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files and turn them into streaming Flash videos, SWFs, with Cam Studio. The program can add high-quality, anti-aliased screen captions to your recordings, and with the unique Video Annotation feature you can personalize your videos by including a Web cam movie of yourself, picture-in-picture, over your desktop. It comes with its own lossless codec that produces results with a small file size. 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 your requirements.
Here are just a few ways you can use this software:
1. You can use it to create demonstration videos for any software program
2. Or how about creating a set of videos answering your most frequently asked questions?
3. You can create video tutorials for school or college class
4. You can use it to record a recurring problem with your computer so you can show technical support people
5. You can use it to create video-based information products you can sell
6. You can even use it to record new tricks and techniques you discover on your favourite software program, before you forget them
To begin using Camstudio, select your desired region, then press "Record." Easy as pie. Camstudio creates AVI files by default, though you may choose the specific codec. Don't forget to pick up the lossless codec on the Camstudio website - it creates large, but great-quality files. Using the included SWF Producer, you may easily convert your AVI files into Flash files. You may also add "screen annotations" - shapes and text boxes - to your video, increasing Camstudio's usefulness as a tutorial creator.
Like all screen capture programs, CamStudio allows you to set the region you'll be capturing. While you can create custom-sized windows if you know you'll only be recording in a specific area, generally speaking you'll want a little more flexibility. You can, of course, record full screen, but that tends to make the videos you create too large in file size.
Recording is a snap once you set your keyboard shortcuts. You can record in either .swf (Macromedia Flash) or .avi, but .avi is preferable for uploading to Metacafe. CamStudio also comes with an assortment of video compressors and other advanced options that let you determine the quality and size of the video you output.
Although not exactly an advanced feature, CamStudio's cursor options can come in handy for certain videos. You can either display or hide the cursor, or if you're feeling adventurous you can make the cursor appear as a different shape, size or color. You can even make the cursor a custom icon like a floppy disk or clock depending on the video you are producing.
The audio options are straightforward in most respects. You can record audio from the microphone if you're planning on creating voiceovers or record directly from your speakers if you have something playing on your computer you'd like to include in your video.
In addition to the aforementioned standard features, CamStudio also lets you add screen annotations (like speech bubbles) if you don't like the sound of your voice. CamStudio's Video Annotation feature is also useful, as it allows you to record yourself via a webcam "picture-in-picture alongside whatever it is you happen to be capturing onscreen.
While many users will probably prefer to shoot video of themselves separately and edit it together with the screen capture footage, it's nevertheless a nice touch by the CamStudio developers - especially if you don't have a separate editing program or want to create your video ASAP.
The license of this software is Freeware, you can free download and free use this digital video recorder software.