In some cases, the best way to illustrate something happening on your screen is to show someone. Whether you want to train people on a particularly difficult program or show everyone how to fix a problem you’ve run into before, recording a screencast is an easy way to do it. Thankfully, there are plenty of applications that let you record your screen, save the video, and share it with friends.
Camtasia Studio (Windows/Mac) – $US299.00
CamStudio (Windows) — Free
Jing (Windows/Mac) — Free/Pro: $US14.95/yr
Screenflow (Mac OS) – $US99
Screencast-o-Matic (Windows/Mac/Linux) — Free/Pro: $US12/yr
Honorable mentions this week go to Apple’s Quicktime — in Max OS X 10.7 Lion, you don’t need a separate app to create screencasts. Lion can do it for you. Another honorable mention goes to Microsoft Expression Encoder, a feature-packed video production utility for Windows. It’ll set you back $US199, but for that price you can create live webcasts, screencasts, add watermarks, and publish it all for the Web in Silverlight.
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