The Bottom Line
- Thorough help in HTML format
- Annotation tools are awkward
- No movie editing capability
- Record screen activity and sound into standard AVI video files for Windows. No distribution fees.
- Optionally record directly to Flash SWF for small streamable movie files with lossless compression.
- Convert AVI files into SWF files with the SWF Producer. Generates SWF and HTML page with options.
- Include audio in your movies by recording from your system speakers or microphone.
- Annotate screen movies with text captions and callouts.
- Video options allow you to control compression, quality, time lapse, and frame rates.
- Cursor options allow you to use the default or a custom cursor. Also hide or highlight the cursor.
- Autopan allows fixed region to follow the mouse. Autoname files by date/time to avoid typing.
- Requires: Windows 95/98/Me/NT4/2000/XP, 400 MHz processor, 64 MB RAM, 4 MB disk space.
- Available in English, German, Japanese, French, Dutch, Hungarian, and Italian versions.
Guide Review - CamStudio 2.0 Screen Recorder (formerly from Rendersoft)
If your needs are fairly basic, CamStudio is a handy little tool for recording screen activity and audio in AVI and SWF format. And you can't beat the price; it's free.
Update April, 2005: Rendersoft CamStudio was acquired by eHelp and incorporated into their RoboDemo software. RoboDemo was later acquired by Macromedia and developed into their Captivate software. I've been informed that the free CamStudio software reviewed here was released under the GPL (General Public License). You can still download CamStudio from the CamStudio Site or its SourceForge project page.