18 Free Screencasting tools to Create Video Tutorials

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Screencasting  is a better and great way to showcase a procedure, to teach,demonstrate a service or to create video tutorials without having to write a content or an article. Screencasting tools are available both as desktop applications (Free and commercial) and web-based services. The good news is that there are a growing number of screencasting tools that are completely free to use; some do not even require a registration to let you get started.

Videos are simply great to deliver a message in a very short time and for most people bandwidth is not a problem any more.The following screencasting  tools are all free to record screen but of course their features are not as much as paid ones.You can easily record your screen and add audio or edit your recorded screen videos with these tools.If you know more free tools then please denote in comments section.

Free tools

1.Aviscreen

AviScreen is an application for capturing screen activity in the form of AVI video or bitmap images.It has a unique feature called “follow the cursor”. Using this mode you can produce a video or image of relatively small dimensions while covering all mouse activity over the whole screen area.You may stop or pause the video capture at any moment.  If you use the popup menu to stop/pause the capture, the process will also be captured and may need to be trimmed later. When the computer is slow or very busy, sometimes it is necessary to hit the shortcut key several times before it works.This is a free capture program that records the video into AVI files, but can also do BMP photos. It’s Windows only and does not record audio.

2.Camstudio

Free and open source streaming video software for Windows that allows you to capture screen and audio activity on your computer and create AVI video files and export to SWF. CamStudio has an easy-to-use interface and includes a video annotation feature, custom cursors and selected screen region recording.

3.Copernicus

A free program for Macs that focuses heavily on making quick and speedy films by recording the video to your RAM for quicker access. Does not include any support for audio.

4.Goview

Free Windows software from Citrix Online, that allows you to record video of your screen, capture audio, edit and host your videos without bandwidth limitations. Screencasts can be password protected, and downloaded/uploaded to other sites.

5.ISU

ISU enable people to easily Record a sequence of operations in applications.
Edit the recorded presentation, draw on it and add nice notes and stylish HTML pages.Send it to friends via Email, Messenger or any other application or Browser Email. Or even create FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) in a Center-Folder.

6.Jing

Free simplified screen recording software for Mac and Windows machines that allows users to quickly record videos (including audio) from a window or region on their desktop, including the mouse, scroll movements and clicks on websites or applications. You can record up to five minutes. Jing is a product of TechSmith, the makers of Camtasia Studio and Camtasia for Mac.

7.Krut

Krut is a screencast tool that is written in Java and well suited for making video tutorials (instructional videos) on most platforms. Krut records movie files, including sound, of selected parts of your screen. The files use the quicktime mov format. The program has an intuitive and compact user interface.

8.Freescreencast

Free software that lets you record your screen, capture audio, control the cursor, and export to FLV format. You can then upload to FreeScreencast.com  for free hosting (no file size or resolution limits) and sharing.

9.Screentoaster

ScreenToaster is a free web-based screen recorder designed to capture your screen activity, audio and webcam images in real-time then publish and share your video in blogs and websites.ScreenToaster works in all browsers and doesn’t require any download so that you can use it anywhere, anytime.

10.Microsoft expression encoder

This free version of Expression Encoder 3 does not include support for IIS Smooth Streaming and H.264 encoding.

11.Screen castle

Screen Castle is an online recording tool.Of course it is not professional as the others but you can easily record your screen with one click and get the sharing codes immediately.

12.Screencast O matic

It’s like an online tool which you don’t have to download anything.You just click the Create Button and a box appears which works with Java and you adjust the screen area to start recording as you see in the below screen shot.you can send the recorded file directly to through hosting.

13.Screen jelly

A free web-based utility that lets you record your screen and audio for up to three minutes, then send it out to Twitter or in an email.

14.Screenr

A free web-based tool for Windows or Mac that lets you create screencasts without installing any software. Your screencast is published in high-definition Flash format, and can be shared on Twitter, YouTube or anywhere else on the web. Screenr is made by Articulate, the makers of Articulate Studio.

15.Oripa screen recorder

oRipa Screen Recorder is a handy tool to record your Windows desktop activities in real time and save it as a video file. oRipa Screen Recorder also captures anything you can hear on your PC, such as, music and talking through the PC’s microphone.

16.Utipu

UTipU Tipcam has 2 versions.FREE and PRO.It is another easy to use tool for recording both video and audio.You can also make smart zooming which is very useful for presentations.Click the Zoom button to zoom into closer. This type of zoom will follow your mouse. You can also zoom before you start recording.

17.UltraVNC

The screen recorder is build with the old Rendersoft camstudio source.UltraVNC boasts a chat window, a dialog for file transfer and an embedded Java viewer which allows you to open a UltraVNC session in a browser. Supports audio also.

18.Webinaria

You can easily create screen records as .avi file and turn them in to .FLV file.You can also add you voice and edit the recorded file later.It requires Windows and totally FREE.

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25 Comments Best Comments First
  • David Gyori

    Sunday, July 4th, 2010 15:10

    8

    i use screenflow, its not free, but a valuable screencast software, one of the bests. i was asked for make a presentation to croation clients, it was as simple as possible. only contra it doesn’t support creating a dvd…

    +1
  • Angela Doucet Rand

    Sunday, July 4th, 2010 16:23

    9

    ScreenToaster, a fav of mine, will no longer be available after July 31! They do not allow recordings anymore at this point. I’ve begun using ScreenCastOMatic.

    +1
  • Danielle

    Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 07:51

    25

    Screencasting is nice, but is outdated. But, hey, don’t take my word for it – go ahead and tryour product – WalkMe.com – and see for yourself how we are giving website guidance a new beginning.

    +1
  • WalterGR

    Monday, July 5th, 2010 09:30

    10

    Which tool for Windows offers the best picture quality, minimizing compression artifacts?

    (The screencasts I see recorded on Macs almost universally look beautiful.)

    0
  • El Boletaire

    Monday, July 5th, 2010 12:38

    11

    I’ve used “screentoaster” for a while and it works fine with Windows, Mac and Linux (since it’s a Java Applet).

    0
  • Hilmy

    Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 01:14

    1

    Wow! Good addition to the all-time popular Camtasia Studio and these are free too.
    I found the free Camstudio mentioned above a little unstable sometimes. Also Screentoaster recording is going down by 31st July..

    0
  • Yurbasik

    Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 21:28

    7

    Very nice stuff, tnx!
    i use cam studio

    0
  • RePao

    Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 10:55

    6

    sadly, Screentoster will close till 31.July 2010 :-(
    my favorits ar FSCaputre and Jing

    thanks for sharing
    have a nice weekend

    0
  • Pablo Lara H

    Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 01:33

    2

    Thank you for the sharing. As always, very useful.

    0
  • sriganesh

    Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 05:13

    3

    useful and helpful, i always struggle to get video tutorials for 3d, now i can make 3d video tutorial

    0
  • Darren Nickerson

    Friday, July 2nd, 2010 23:16

    4

    Nice list, I never heard of many of these before. Kind of regretting buying screenflick a while ago!

    0
  • Bindiry

    Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 06:34

    5

    FScapture is great!

    0
  • Boereck

    Monday, July 5th, 2010 17:00

    13

    On Windows I like Jing too, on Linux I’ve used Wink a lot.

    0
  • Bobby

    Monday, July 5th, 2010 20:32

    14

    CamStudio is a perfect application for screen capturing – been using it for all my client tutorials for a couple of years now!

    0
  • Paul Campbell

    Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 23:46

    21

    I use camtasia recorder 7 its great. I made a video tutorial on youtube on how to build your own free website starting with getting a free domain name, free hosting service, connecting them and part 4 we got the site up and running . In part 5 im going to get into html scripts adding facebook buttons google +1 button twitter button adsense and possibley more. check out my channel name is shadough4747 or the site cashcow.co.nr for a link.

    0
  • Walter

    Monday, September 19th, 2011 11:04

    22

    Great review, really I liked the free tool called RealShow 1.0, very reliable and has quality outputs.

    0
  • Jerry

    Thursday, December 29th, 2011 10:34

    23

    Great! Thanks!

    0
  • Ryan

    Monday, January 23rd, 2012 08:55

    24

    I am an avid user of CamStudio. The only think I miss is zooming in and out when you are going into some details on screen but using ‘zoomit’ fills the gap.

    The only thing I miss in this list is Wink. Which is pretty powerful too.

    0
  • saurabh

    Friday, August 19th, 2011 07:40

    20

    Thanks for the great post. Not many would be aware of these except for the camtasia studio.

    0
  • Chris Wade

    Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 22:39

    16

    I do not know where the above posts got that Screentoaster was going down earlier this year, it is still working fine for me.

    0
    • Jim

      Friday, October 15th, 2010 17:34

      17

      Screentoaster has been going through some financial problems. This summer, they had posted that they were going to shut down. They have since been bought by Veodia.
      I have had trouble with it going up and down periodically. Personally, I think it’s the best of all these since it’s feature-rich, platform and browser-independent, and hosts the created files automatically (or allows downloads).

      0
  • Rafael

    Friday, August 5th, 2011 17:44

    19

    BSR Soft recorder is cool. But it isn’t free. I got a lot of references here, thanks.

    0
  • Kevin

    Thursday, August 19th, 2010 12:38

    15

    Can we ad audio to any of this software?

    0
  • Norm Gregory

    Friday, November 12th, 2010 21:40

    18

    I used screencast-o-matic almost daily. http://bit.ly/2GKZnv

    0
  • Damien

    Monday, July 5th, 2010 09:57

    12

    Nice list, but mostly all tools I see are for Windows, Mac screencasters can use ScreenFlow and CamStudio, both are awesome, but commercial software!

    -1
  • Danielle

    Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 07:51

    25

    Screencasting is nice, but is outdated. But, hey, don’t take my word for it – go ahead and tryour product – WalkMe.com – and see for yourself how we are giving website guidance a new beginning.

    +1
  • Ryan

    Monday, January 23rd, 2012 08:55

    24

    I am an avid user of CamStudio. The only think I miss is zooming in and out when you are going into some details on screen but using ‘zoomit’ fills the gap.

    The only thing I miss in this list is Wink. Which is pretty powerful too.

    0
  • Jerry

    Thursday, December 29th, 2011 10:34

    23

    Great! Thanks!

    0
  • Walter

    Monday, September 19th, 2011 11:04

    22

    Great review, really I liked the free tool called RealShow 1.0, very reliable and has quality outputs.

    0
  • Paul Campbell

    Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 23:46

    21

    I use camtasia recorder 7 its great. I made a video tutorial on youtube on how to build your own free website starting with getting a free domain name, free hosting service, connecting them and part 4 we got the site up and running . In part 5 im going to get into html scripts adding facebook buttons google +1 button twitter button adsense and possibley more. check out my channel name is shadough4747 or the site cashcow.co.nr for a link.

    0
  • saurabh

    Friday, August 19th, 2011 07:40

    20

    Thanks for the great post. Not many would be aware of these except for the camtasia studio.

    0
  • Rafael

    Friday, August 5th, 2011 17:44

    19

    BSR Soft recorder is cool. But it isn’t free. I got a lot of references here, thanks.

    0
  • Norm Gregory

    Friday, November 12th, 2010 21:40

    18

    I used screencast-o-matic almost daily. http://bit.ly/2GKZnv

    0
  • Chris Wade

    Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 22:39

    16

    I do not know where the above posts got that Screentoaster was going down earlier this year, it is still working fine for me.

    0
    • Jim

      Friday, October 15th, 2010 17:34

      17

      Screentoaster has been going through some financial problems. This summer, they had posted that they were going to shut down. They have since been bought by Veodia.
      I have had trouble with it going up and down periodically. Personally, I think it’s the best of all these since it’s feature-rich, platform and browser-independent, and hosts the created files automatically (or allows downloads).

      0
  • Kevin

    Thursday, August 19th, 2010 12:38

    15

    Can we ad audio to any of this software?

    0
  • Bobby

    Monday, July 5th, 2010 20:32

    14

    CamStudio is a perfect application for screen capturing – been using it for all my client tutorials for a couple of years now!

    0
  • Boereck

    Monday, July 5th, 2010 17:00

    13

    On Windows I like Jing too, on Linux I’ve used Wink a lot.

    0
  • Damien

    Monday, July 5th, 2010 09:57

    12

    Nice list, but mostly all tools I see are for Windows, Mac screencasters can use ScreenFlow and CamStudio, both are awesome, but commercial software!

    -1
  • El Boletaire

    Monday, July 5th, 2010 12:38

    11

    I’ve used “screentoaster” for a while and it works fine with Windows, Mac and Linux (since it’s a Java Applet).

    0
  • WalterGR

    Monday, July 5th, 2010 09:30

    10

    Which tool for Windows offers the best picture quality, minimizing compression artifacts?

    (The screencasts I see recorded on Macs almost universally look beautiful.)

    0
  • Angela Doucet Rand

    Sunday, July 4th, 2010 16:23

    9

    ScreenToaster, a fav of mine, will no longer be available after July 31! They do not allow recordings anymore at this point. I’ve begun using ScreenCastOMatic.

    +1
  • David Gyori

    Sunday, July 4th, 2010 15:10

    8

    i use screenflow, its not free, but a valuable screencast software, one of the bests. i was asked for make a presentation to croation clients, it was as simple as possible. only contra it doesn’t support creating a dvd…

    +1
  • Yurbasik

    Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 21:28

    7

    Very nice stuff, tnx!
    i use cam studio

    0
  • RePao

    Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 10:55

    6

    sadly, Screentoster will close till 31.July 2010 :-(
    my favorits ar FSCaputre and Jing

    thanks for sharing
    have a nice weekend

    0
  • Bindiry

    Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 06:34

    5

    FScapture is great!

    0
  • Darren Nickerson

    Friday, July 2nd, 2010 23:16

    4

    Nice list, I never heard of many of these before. Kind of regretting buying screenflick a while ago!

    0
  • sriganesh

    Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 05:13

    3

    useful and helpful, i always struggle to get video tutorials for 3d, now i can make 3d video tutorial

    0
  • Pablo Lara H

    Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 01:33

    2

    Thank you for the sharing. As always, very useful.

    0
  • Hilmy

    Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 01:14

    1

    Wow! Good addition to the all-time popular Camtasia Studio and these are free too.
    I found the free Camstudio mentioned above a little unstable sometimes. Also Screentoaster recording is going down by 31st July..

    0

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