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Free Screen Capture Video Suggestions for Bloggers

 

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Today’s Video for Bloggers topic is about using Free Screen Capture Video Software.

There are a variety of uses when it comes to screen capture software. This software will allow you to video tape and record sound while showing your computers desktop. It comes in very handy when bloggers want to show their readers how to use programs, websites or software that will be seen on their computers desktop. You will also want to use screen capture if you want to share something like a Power Point Demonstration with voice over.

If you have ever tried to use a web cam or any other type of video cam to record what you are doing on your desktop then you know it is a royal pain in the butt. You get glare, the cam is in the way, and you have very little control over where your pictures are focused.  That is why we send many thanks to the very smart people that thought of, designed and build this type useful capture software.

There are sooooo many types of screen video software that I will not go through each one. In fact depending on how much money you want to spend, what kind of computer you have and general ability all comes into play when choosing what software to use. So, here are a few that you can check out. If you are new to video and using screen capture, I suggest you try out a few of the free ones and just get the feel for what you like and don’t like. No need to spend big money for something until you know what you want (or ever).

 

*** Techsmith offers a very easy to use screen capture video software called Jing. My fast and easy review –

If you are new to screen capture then this is one to try. They offer a free version and a paid version. The free version does NOT auto upload to YouTube but you can save the file on your computer and it is very friendly with most editing software that will let you auto load to YouTube. The paid version is only $14.95 a Year and will allow you to video and then push button to YouTube.

 

UPDATE – 29 Oct, 2015: I get a “harmful program” browser warning when visiting hyperionics.com so I’ve have removed the link on this page. Please visit at your own risk.

*** Hyper Cam is also freeware. Brad really likes this one when he tested it. So here is what he had to say about HyperCam –

“This is pretty robust for a freeware, there like anything new takes a little time to learn after a few times using it things went very smooth. The screen capture even in full screen mode was smooth and the audio was good. The help files are in a windows format so must people are familiar with the way that works. When the AVI file was saved you could find in My Documents with ease. I can recommend this to use.”

 

*** CamStudio is Free and was not one of Brads favorites. It is recommended by many people but there are a few things you need to know 1st. Here is Brads thoughts on this software:

“Recording with this seemed to work very well. But when I went to find my files they are in hidden files on my computer C:\Users\[Your Profile Name]\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files\Camstudio. Since these files are hidden you need to do this first. The AppData directory is normally hidden by default in Vista so to make it visible, you go to: Start > Control Panel > Folder Options > select the ‘View’ tab >

The instructions directed me to this location and I still couldn’t find the files. So what you need to do is go to Options > Program Options > Name of AVI Then change it to “Ask for file name” and save the AVI somewhere else.

This was an experience I personally didn’t particularly like and can’t recommend.”

 

*** Blue Berry Flash Back is free and seemed good for Brad, here is what he said:

This seems so far to be a great application. It did take a bit of searching to find out how to have the controls visible. Testing the avi export i5t works but there may need to be a volume tweak.

It is similar to hyper cam and also saves in my docs. You do need to register, even the free version after 30 days. No big deal it’s still free.

The format is working on their browser window and there are functions that I haven’t even discovered yet. Recommended.”

 

UPDATE – 29 Oct, 2015: Sadly, Screenr will be retiring Screenr on November 11, 2015.

*** Screenr is free to use and is all done from the Screener website. For this review I will use Brian’s review that was posted on our forum. Here is what he had to say:

“Their slogan Instant screencasts for Twitter falls short, in my opinion, because it’s much more than just Twitter. I recorded my screencast (including audio), tweeted it, downloaded a copy in MPEG-4 Movie (.mp4) format and uploaded it to YouTube without ever leaving Screenr.com. Yep, I’m pretty impressed. Now we can record screencasts without programs such as Camtasia. With that said Screenr doesn’t even compare to Camtasia but it gets the job done quick, easy and free.”

There are a few of what seem to be the most popular free screen cast software programs. I am sure that you can find one that is easy and convenient for you.

I could have done a video of how each of them work but that seemed redundant since there are how to’s about each of them on their home sites.

Now just plug in a microphone and start trying out the screen capture programs. If you are just starting out then, you don’t need to worry about making a “professional” presentation. Heck, open up anything on your desktop and start flipping pages and talking about what you are doing.

Pretend you are showing your Grandma how to send/write email. Go to your Flickr account and flip through photos while talking about what each one is. Just practice working the screen capture controls, play your video and see how and what your voice sounds like yes, this all starts off as playing around until you feel you are ready for the real thing!

HINT! If you have a YouTube account and would like to upload the practice video but don’t want anyone else to see it then just set it to Private! To do this, Once your video is uploaded, Go to Videos in your YouTube “back office” account, Check the box next to the video and click the Actions Dropdown above it. There you can choose to make it a private video.

Leave us a comment and tell us what Screen Capture software you use and why you like it! No Affiliate links please!

About Sheryl Loch

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