How to record your computer screen for Free – Video Screen Capture

Video screen capture also commonly known as “screencast” is the process of recording computer screen movements, operations and changes into a video, and it’s commonly used for making video tutorials for presentation or educational reasons. 

The “Screencast” is used often in situations to demonstrate computer operations which are difficult to be explained or includes complex steps. You can find a lot of free screen recorder software on the computer but many of them put watermarks in the final video.

In this tutorial I will guide on how to record your entire screen actions without any limitations.

How to record your computer screen (for Free) – Video Screen Capture

Step 1. Download and install CamStudio – FREE recording software:

1. Download CamStudio from here:

Notice*: Scroll page down until you find the download link.

download camstudio

2. After download is completed double click to “CamStudio2.7r316.exe” to start CamStudio installation.

run camstudio setup

3. Press “Next” at CamStudio Setup Wizard. *

Caution: CamStudio's installer program provides third-party software (toolbar) during installation. The software is safe for the computer but might be collecting personal data.
Remember to uncheck any boxes that provides additional software at installation time.

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4. Press “Next” again.

camstudio setup2

5. In the next screen “UNCHECK” the “dealply” agreement (DON’T install it) and press “Next.

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6. Press “Next” when installation is finished.

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7. Press “Finish” to launch CamStudio application

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8. Press ‘OK” to “CamStudio.cfg” file missing error.

camstudio config file error

Step 2. Specify CamStudio record settings.

1. Region: From CamStudio main menu click on “Region

camstudio region

In Region menu you can specify the screen region to be captured. The available settings are:

a. Region: Manually assign the recorder region after you press the Record button.

camstudio record button

b. Fixed Region: Assign a fixed size region to capture (e.g. 320×240) and then press Record.

camstudio region fixed

c. Window: Capture a specific program window. (You can choose the window to be captured as soon as you press the Record button)

d. Full Screen: Capture the entire computer screen.

camstudio region full screen

2. Options: From CamStudio main menu click on “Options

camstudio options

In CamStudio Options menu you can change:

a. Video Options: Adjust the quality of the captured video.

camstudio video options

b. Cursor options: Here you can specify the visibility and the appearance of your cursor.

camstudio cursor options

c: Audio Options: Specify audio source settings (e.g.volume) and audio and Video sync settings.

camstudio audio options

d. Record: You can specify if you wish to record audio or not and the audio source (e.g. speakers or microphone)

camstudio audio source

e. Autopan: If you enable Autopan then the CamStudio focuses on your mouse movements while recording.

camstudio autopan

f. Automatically stop recording: Stops recording after a specific time (e.g. after 60sec)

camstudio auto stop recording

camstudio preset time

g. Program options: From inside this menu you can adjust all the other CamStudio options like: Minimize program on start recording, Directory for recorded file, name of AVI file, etc.

camstudio program options

Also you can specify Keyboard Shortcuts*

Notice:* Keyboard Shortcuts are required when you want to capture full screen regions.

camstudio keyboard shortcuts

In Keyboard Shortcuts, the most significant settings are the “Record/Pause” and the “Stop” recording keys.

By default if you press “F8” you Start (Pause) the video screen capture process and if you press “F9” while capturing, then you completely end the recording process. You can modify these keys according to your preferred choices.

camstudio keyboard shortcuts options

3. Tools: From CamStudio main menu click on “Tools”.

camstudio tools

Inside Tools menu the most important option is the “SWF Producer”. When pressing SWF producer you can convert your AVI video to Flash.

camstudio swf producer

4. Effects: From CamStudio main menu click on “Effects”.

camstudio effects

Inside effects menu you can specify the Annotations to be include inside your video (e.g. Time, Caption, Watermark)

camstudio annotation

You can adjust Time Stamp, Caption and Watermark settings at Effects > Options menu:

camstudio annotation options

At this point we have finished with the basic CamStudio settings and we are ready to proceed to record our presentation in video format .

Step 3.  Start your screen capture.

After you have specified CamStudio settings,

1. Press the corresponding – CamStudio – “Record/Pause” shortcut key (e.g. “F8”by default) to start recording.

2. Whenever you want to stop capturing your screen simply press the corresponding shortcut key to "Stop” recording (e.g. “F9” by default).

Notice: You can press “F8” at anytime you want to pause recording

Step 4. Save your screen capture to video (AVI).

After the termination of screen recording it's time to save your video:

1. In “Save Avi File” window, type a name for your newly created video and “Save” it in your preferred location (e.g. Desktop).

camstudio save avi file

That’s it! After that you ‘ll able to convert your video (using other utilities) in your preferred video format (.mov, video CD or DVD, etc.) or to publish your video on the web (e.g. YouTube, etc).

Tip: You can always record straight to Flash video (SWF) by pressing the toggle (AVI/FLASH) button before recording.

camstudio screen capture to swf flash

 

Enjoy!

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