Whether it is a "how-to on using a web application" or "describing the steps of creating a Photoshop effect", words are sometimes not enough.
With the help of screencasts (screen recording), it can be possible to better describe/demonstrate a computer-related product or service. And, it spreads faster as anyone can easily embed the video (if supported) to any website.
Here is a collection of 10 free screen recording softwares for creating attractive screencasts:
CamStudio is an open source screen recorder software which can record every screen and audio activity on a computer & create industry-standard AVI video files or bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWF).
Jing can both take screenshots & capture a screen as videos. It is possible to add textboxes, arrows or rectangles to highlight spots.
It can send the generated outputs to Screencast.com, Flickr, a FTP account, Twitter & more.
With a microphone, you can record audio with the video as well.
O.S.: Windows, Mac OS X
This is a very easy-to-use open source software to create screencasts.
It records the screen as an .AVI file & offers an option to create .FLV file from it. With the help of hotkeys, it is possible to start-pause & stop recording.
A great feature is, it can combine another video input (like webcam) with the screen recording process.
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