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July 9, 2013
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Free Screencast Software & Apps for Video Pros

If you’re looking to create simple screencasts, check out these 5 FREE screencasting software and apps!

Video IconWhile usually low-tech, screencasts are quickly becoming one tool that video professionals have to include in their arsenal. Whether you’re recording a video tutorial, demoing a website or product, or saving a complex post production workflow, screencasting can be useful for many different applications. If you’re just needing the bare bones, the following free screencasting software can get the job done.

Do you know more free screencasting software options that didn’t make our list? Feel free to share in the comments below!

Screenr3 Screenr tops the list of FREE programs, getting bonus points for it’s ease of use and web based interface (no need to download software). You can quickly publish your screencast to YouTube or embed on your own site. However, the free version only allows for recordings up to 5 minutes.
Camstudio CamStudio is an open source free screencasting application that create AVI or SWF video files. The software is currently only supported on Windows.
Jing Jing is a straightforward free screen capture software, from TechSmith, the makers of popular paid screencasting apps Camtasia and SnagIt. Jing gives the option to ‘mark up’ your screencasts with text, arrows and highlights. Supported on both Mac & PC.
Screencastomatic Screencastomatic is another web based free screencasting app that allows instant publish to YouTube HD. Alternately, you can create standalone MP4, AVI and FLV movie files. The free version allows you to record 15 minutes of video, but does include a watermark when publishing.
EZVid EZVid is a software based free screencasting software that runs on PC (they recently discountinued development of a Mac version). Features include the ability to draw on the video image and add text.

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  • Jared Skye

    There’s also a downloadable app for screencast-o-matic so you don’t have to go to the site every time you use it. I use it all the time.

  • Lorna

    I use Microsoft Expression Encoder 4 Screen Capture, I find it easy to use and makes really high quality screen casts. You can download it for free from the Microsoft website

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  • Karl Wortmann (칼)

    I really like Bandicam. The free version allows you to record for up to 10 minutes at a time – if that’s not enough then the registered version has no limit! It’s great for recording your desktop as
    well as games, it can highlight your mouse cursor and mouse clicks, has a
    ton of options from resolution to codec selection, and it has presets
    for YouTube

  • Maddy Bentley

    Great list of tools, I really like CamStudio, Camtasia and ScreenFlow. There are just so many options out there which is great! I also wrote a post on screencasting which teaches you how to record your screen and create engaging screencasts. There are tons of free and paid tools plus tips on how to make screencasts more fun and engaging. Check it out here:

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