16 Free Screen Capturing Software – Alternative For Camtasia

February 28th, 2009

16 Free Screen Capturing Software – Alternative For Camtasia

Marketing professionals, school students, business delegates almost everyone needs a screen capturing software, in order to prepare a better presentation. I decided to create a comprehensive list of freely available Screen Capturing Software that can be used as a subsitute to the commercially available software – Camatasia.

1> Camstudio – With Camstudio you can 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).

2> Jing – With Jing you can Snap a picture of your screen. Record video of onscreen action. Share instantly over the web, IM, email.

3> 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.

4> Virtualdub – VirtualDub is a video capture/processing utility for 32-bit Windows platforms (95/98/ME/NT4/2000/XP), licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL).  It lacks the editing power of a general-purpose editor such as Adobe Premiere, but is streamlined for fast linear operations over video.  It has batch-processing capabilities for processing large numbers of files and can be extended with third-party video filters.  VirtualDub is mainly geared toward processing AVI files, although it can read (not write) MPEG-1 and also handle sets of BMP images.

5> Wink – Wink is a 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.

6> XVidCap – XVidCap is a small tool to capture things going on on an X-Windows display to either individual frames or an MPEG video. On Windows machines there are commercial tools like Lotus ScreenCam or Camtasia which do a very good job esp. for the purpose I was needing such a tool for: Software documentation, esp. installation procedures and such

7> FFMPEG – FFmpeg is free software and is licensed under the LGPL or GPL depending on your choice of configuration options. If you use FFmpeg or its constituent libraries, you must adhere to the terms of the license in question. If you do not, we will track down your project and list it in our Hall of Shame. To see how easy it is to comply, take a look at our license and legal considerations page.

8> Screen Toatser –    No download. Compatible with Windows, Mac OS X, Linux. Capture videos of onscreen action in one click. Record screencasts, tutorials, demos, training, lectures and more. Share and stream videos online in Flash. Embed them on blogs and webpages or send them by email.

9> TipCam – Free screencast recorder for Windows. Record your screen and voice in a flash video (FLV format) and share it instantly at uTIPu.com

10> HyperCam – HyperCam captures the action from your Windows  screen and saves it to AVI (Audio-Video Interleaved) movie file. Sound from your system microphone is also recorded.

11> Freez Screen Video Capture – is a screen-capture & screen-recording tool to record screen activities and sounds into standard AVI video files. You can record any part of the screen’s activities and the cursor’s movements, using a microphone to narrate your screen recordings. You can choose the output video’s compressor (such as Microsoft Video 1, MPEG-4, DivX…), quality, framerate, audio format (such as PCM, ADPCM, MP3, OGG…), and volumn. You can also start, pause, and stop screen recording with hotkeys.

12> Free Screen Recorder – Free Screen Recorder is an easy-to-use screen recording program to capture screen activities and sounds to standard AVI video file. If you move the cursor, launch a program, type some text, click buttons, select some menus – anything you see on the screen – Free Screen Recorder will record all these, and sound from your system microphone.

13> ScreenCoder – ScreenCoder is a tool for streaming and archiving video screen captures. However, it is robust and flexible enough to suit a broad variety of needs. For instance, its first use was to stream live video from university TA sessions and maintain archives of these videos. Since then, it has grown to include several output methods (record to file, push and archive to a Windows Media streaming server, stream directly from the encoding machine) and myriad niceties for managing screen captures. While you could achieve identical results using the vanilla Windows Media Encoder, it would require far more work, to the point of being impractical. We know this from experience.

14> Pyvnc2swf –  Is a cross platform screen recording tool. It captures screen motion through VNC protocol and generates a Shockwave Flash (SWF) movie. It comes with three programs. It must work fine on most Linux distros and unix machines, however for Mac OS X, you would need an additional < OS X build of Mygame pacakge http://pythonmac.org/packages/ >.

15> Istanbul – Istanbul is a desktop session recorder for the Free Desktop. It records your session into an Ogg Theora video file. To start the recording, you click on its icon in the notification area. To stop you click its icon again. It works on GNOME, KDE, XFCE and others.

16> Cankiri – Cankiri is a single file screen recorder for Linux and other systems that run GStreamer 0.10 and PyGTK 2.8 licensed under the GNU GPL version 2.

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  1. June 25th, 2009 at 19:36 | #1

    nice list – but if anyone knows how to wine camtasia for linux, that be really handy …

  2. June 25th, 2009 at 19:37 | #2

    … er, not that i want to sound ungrateful! :)

  3. June 25th, 2009 at 19:40 | #3

    @Guv – There are few software listed for Linux. Wine’s a good option too, but instead of Wine, which is a bit hard for newbies to install, compile and run, I guess opting for Crossover to run windows application on Linux is a better option, only catch being Crossover is a paid option, but with the features it offers, I personally believe it’s value for money :) . Please read this article :

  4. June 25th, 2009 at 19:41 | #4

    @Guv – Na, no offense taken and comments always help us view the same subject from different perspective :) ..

  5. September 23rd, 2009 at 14:55 | #5

    big cheers Gautam, appreciate that .. have elected to use Virtualbox-3.0 so I can run Camtasia thru XP .. not that I am saying this is the best option, just that it works well for me.

    if you like, and it’s not too cheeky a link, you can see my beautiful Linux setup here (fresh post yesterday) ..er, so I guess I’ll be updating that for Koala in a few weeks time ;) ..

    Virtually the Best Web Dev PC on the Planet

  6. September 23rd, 2009 at 21:06 | #6

    @Guv – Long time haven’t seen u buddy :). How’s blogging coming along ?

  7. November 17th, 2009 at 08:44 | #7

    Excellent post. I will check these out. What are your experiences with these? How do they compare to Camtasia.

  8. November 18th, 2009 at 07:59 | #8

    @ Gautam – well, thanks for your great collection. According to my 2-year screencasting as an e-learning education provider, I’d like to say that “free sometimes costs you more”. It’s OK for amateur freelances to create videos with freeware, if you are, as you mentioned in your article, marketing professionals, school students and business delegates. You make screencasting for clear purpose and hope to obtian specific results. You don’t have much time to get along with the program, you need a simple, comprehensive, powerful one to complete your work. The most advantage of shareware is most of them have video and audio editing features, compared with freeware. It can help you to modify and beautify your screencasting video. I mean, for commerial profit pursuit and effective aim achievement. Shareware get a big head start and can’t be replaced.

  9. March 11th, 2010 at 13:06 | #9

    Thanks for the review….

    useful information post.

  10. May 12th, 2010 at 21:53 | #10

    Hi, its actually easy.
    you may need some DLLS by running winetrick. Download the trail of Camtasia 6 NOT 7
    and then extract the rar file then your are going to see a .MSI file to run this you need to run this command in terminal (need to install wine)

    NB: You need to be in the directory you extracted it to…

    wine msiexec /i FILENAME.msi

    wallua, installed


    Visit: http://www.ubuntuosx.webs.com for more

  11. June 15th, 2010 at 11:02 | #11

    Thanks, very useful links!! It must be very handy and effective for beginners.

  12. Maggie
    March 1st, 2011 at 14:43 | #12

    flashdemo studio is a very good screen recorder software

  13. John
    April 20th, 2011 at 17:38 | #13

    @Flv Recorder I agree with in your comment

  14. April 21st, 2011 at 12:55 | #14

    http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/ is a great screen capture web service. (it uses java) + hosting + editing + exporting… (for free)

  15. Hey
    April 27th, 2011 at 18:06 | #15

    I use BSR Screen Recorder for 4 years and I’m very happy with it. You can download the latest version (version 5) from http://www.bsrsoft.com

  16. June 15th, 2011 at 12:03 | #16

    great collection. thanks for sharing

  17. Bob
    August 20th, 2011 at 04:57 | #17


    “BSR Screen Recorder” is NOT free. At the top of this post, it clearly says, “FREE.” So this comment must be spam.

  18. September 6th, 2011 at 17:48 | #18

    I have win Camtasia pro version in a content and love to say that it’s best software for video editing.

  19. September 28th, 2011 at 08:57 | #19

    nice list – but if anyone knows how to wine camtasia for linux, that be really handy Thanks.

  20. December 1st, 2011 at 17:28 | #20

    Thanks for sharing list with us. Actually i was looking a cheap solution for video recording. i think jing is the solution for me. Once again thanks.

  21. Sailor
    January 31st, 2012 at 19:46 | #21

    Thanks for the very helpful article. I decided to go with Expression Encoder after Camtasia free trial expired.

  22. February 3rd, 2012 at 11:29 | #22

    Thats a good option Sailor.

  23. April 10th, 2012 at 16:49 | #23

    This is very insightful input, I have to say. However, I frequently find that screen capturing a specific process for explanation can be tedious, time consuming, and confusing in that I or the user must refer to the video several times in order to complete the specific process successfully. I recently came across a fabulous product from WalkMe that provides interactive on-screen “Walk’Thru’s”, as they call, which react based on the users actions. I recommend taking a look at their promo video and their website. This tool can be so useful for customers and users interested in utilizing screen recording software.

  24. Colin
    July 26th, 2012 at 02:37 | #24

    Please remove #12 (nbx screen recorder) from the list.

    It pretends to be free, and their website advertises “free! free! free!”. But then the software stops working after a short while, and requires you to visit the website for the free registration code.
    But … “Due to heavy site traffic, the code is no longer free – we have to charge for the registration code”.
    Total scummy bait and switch.

  25. September 27th, 2012 at 06:40 | #25

    I have downloaded the Camstudio !! But its not working for me :(

  26. November 21st, 2012 at 16:49 | #26

    thanks pal, i recommend the CamStudio software is really a great one :)

  27. December 23rd, 2012 at 20:51 | #27

    nice list! thanks!

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