I have started to use screencasts for showing someone how to do something in a computer remotely than trying to guide them over the phone without looking their screen. As you know, it can get really frustrating. Here are a few free solutions I have tried so far:
FreeScreenCast.com (beta) offers a free screencast recorder software which requires you to have Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0 & Windows Media Encoder installed. The recorder itself is plain with no bells and whistles but very easy to use by even technically challenged folks who want to do something like this.
Once you have recorded your screencast, you could upload the screencast to the FreeScreencast.com website and share it with the world. The best part about this is that you don’t have to share it with everyone but just export the screencast as a flv file and keep it with you or share it privately. You could also embed your screencast in your website or blog. You can even tag screencasts for easy discovery as well as sort them by number of views.
A good one if you aren’t looking for a feature-rich tool but just a simple one that does it’s job well. It does capture both microphone audio as well as system audio.
Windows utility | Requires Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0 & Windows Media Encoder | Free
If you are on someone else’s computer or don’t want to install yet another software to your computer to do screencasts, this is the solution for you. All you need a java enabled browser (it will detect and let you know if what you have is good.. so you don’t have to wonder why nothing comes up when you click a button) and you are good to go.
Once you have recorded you could share this screencast right from the web or get a embed code to post it in your blog/website. It comes with 3 size options (800px, 500px, 400px). You could also attach notes with the screenshot for reference. Also, you could export the screencast to a .mov file format in full size or a size of your choice with the notes (optional).
This is a great choice for someone who does it rarely and don’t want to have a dedicated software installed for this purpose.
Web based Java App | Free | 15 min
Also a free Windows-based screencast recorder utility that lets you record screencasts and upload it to a website and share with others. It has a quite a few options to set in the utility. One thing I liked about it is teh ability to add voice-over track recording after the screencast is done. You can record 20 minute session at once with the screen resolution reduced prior to starting the session. Just like the others you could get a embed code to have your screencasts hosted at uTIPu and just link to it from your blog/website with the embed code.
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Windows utility | Free | 20 mins
If you are looking for a full featured screencast tool, check out Camtasia Studio whose older version was made free a while back. I would love to hear what you use for recording screencasts and would love to check out any better alternatives that you might know of.
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