CamStudio

CamStudio

Download Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
3.0
out of 211 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.7.2 Build r326
  • Total Downloads:
    1,360,650
  • Date Added:
    January 28, 2014
  • File Size:
    633.69KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,739
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP

Editors' Review

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We'll give it to you straight. You won't find a zoom feature, a huge variety of compressors or file types, or a video editor in the free CamStudio 2.5 (beta). What you will find is a small, sturdy screencast app that faithfully records your PC in AVI and SWF (Flash) formats. There are many fine features in the intuitive, open source app to recommend it, including an option to highlight the cursor path during a recording session, automatically pan, and record with sound. A brand-new effects menu scoops on the ability to annotate and append videos with comments, a time stamp, and a territorial watermark. Just don't get too crazy all at once.

There's clearly a long way to go for CamStudio to catch up with commercial rivals--most grumble-worthy is the lack of file type support outside AVI and SWF files and the absent editor for trimming, splicing, and optimizing a video. If those aren't strong concerns, this freebie, with its steady playback and modicum of audio and video settings options, will provide the necessary tools for creating quick demos and screencasts.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    1.3

    out of 15 votes

    • 5 star 1
    • 4 star 0
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 14
  • All Versions

    3.0

    out of 211 votes

    • 5 star 53
    • 4 star 47
    • 3 star 21
    • 2 star 20
    • 1 star 70
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  • 1 stars

    "Shame on CNET!!!"

    October 09, 2014   |   By tlr2003

    Version: CamStudio 2.7.2 Build r326

    Pros

    The cons by far outweigh the positives.

    Cons

    CNET should clean up their act and stop inflicting so much misery on others. To the editors of CNET, have you no shame? No moral compass?

    I would would be happy to pay them a reasonable amount to download safe software.

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  • 1 stars

    "I ignored the warnings; I suffered the consequences"

    October 08, 2014   |   By XNam360

    Version: CamStudio 2.7.2 Build r326

    Pros

    No pros here

    Cons

    I saw the other reviewers complaining about malware, but decided to ignore them and install this anyway. Big mistake. The warnings were right! This CamStudio download provided by CNet unleashes a bunch of malware into your system as soon as you install it. Thankfully, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware was able to remove the malware.

    Summary

    I wanted to use CamStudio to record a video game, but the malware unleashed by the CamStudio installation prevented the video game (along with a whole bunch of other software on my computer) from running. I know the malware came from the CamStudio installation, because they started immediately after I installed CamStudio and there was nothing wrong with my computer before then. What's the point of a screen recorder when installing the screen recorder prevents the very thing that I was planning on using it for from being opened?

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  • 1 stars

    "Complete Rubbish"

    September 15, 2014   |   By Keith Edmunds

    Version: CamStudio 2.7.2 Build r326

    Pros

    None that I can see

    Cons

    Nightmare to install as the malware fights your AV. Default configuration senseless (audio record and full screen off by default) so time wasted in needless troubleshooting. Then when you go to use it for the task it crashes endlessly...result expensive training day lost.

    Summary

    I got sucked in by the CNET review. Lesson learnt, CNET reviews ignored for ever henceforth. Listen to the community folks, listen to the community.

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  • 1 stars

    "Only Spams, no use"

    September 13, 2014

    Version: CamStudio 2.7.2 Build r326

    Pros

    nothing as far as I can see.

    Cons

    Installs several spams which are very troublesome and difficult to remove. I made a record for 15 minutes and after conversion, there was an error message saying can not replace and everything is lost. Never got for this. Remember that I told you if you select this and waste your time and damage computer.

    Summary

    The worst software I have used.

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  • 1 stars

    "Tons of viruses"

    July 05, 2014   |   By msptori

    Version: CamStudio 2.7.2 Build r326

    Pros

    There is no pros. I will explain to those that this program used to never have viruses. It was a safe, trusting, popular program. Starting in 2012, it went off the cliff with viruses. I noticed that because I used to have it and it worked in "2010".

    Cons

    Many cons and my pro is pretty much my con. I want to know what happen? Did they get it hacked or just overflow it with viruses on purpose?

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  • 1 stars

    "CNET Editors need to re-review this crap"

    March 22, 2014   |   By PaulcnetOlivier

    Version: CamStudio 2.7.2 Build r326

    Pros

    none at all

    Cons

    Malware & Virus Galore

    Summary

    I can't understand how this is ranked number 4 in video and editing software. Its loaded with viruses and malware.

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  • 1 stars

    "this is not what you are looking for"

    March 22, 2014   |   By chowmarco

    Version: CamStudio 2.7.2 Build r326

    Pros

    this app should have been great, but it's not

    Cons

    hard to configure. I wasted my time thinking I was recording everything so good yet, nothing. This app is ********. And take note, app is not for beginners..

    Summary

    close the company.. damn you

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  • 1 stars

    "AVG lit up like the forth of July with warnings!"

    March 06, 2014   |   By dgurins

    Version: CamStudio 2.7.2 Build r326

    Pros

    couldn't use it with all the malware

    Cons

    lots of virus' and trojans.
    Check all of your system folder and sort by date to make sure you delete everything.

    Summary

    I don't really care about the add on programs during install. I expect that from cnet lately.
    What is a problem is that luckily my AVG software detected a trojan right when I installed the software.
    I was able to remove it, but when I went to uninstall the software from "Programs and Features" I sorted by date and found that it installed 3 other programs that were not your basic add on programs. I did a quick search and microsoft has them listed as trojan and virus applications. After I uninstalled everything I went into my system folder and sorted everything by date and found a few other program folders that installed. I also checked these on google and they are also known malware programs.

    I hope I deleted everything that installed. I'm doing a full scan of my computer to make sure.
    I would stay away from this program.

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  • 1 stars

    "Adware, spyware, bloatware!"

    March 03, 2014   |   By TotallyNotMyName

    Version: CamStudio 2.7.2 Build r326

    Pros

    This used to be a great little program, simple, clean, did what it promised and I even donated to the project in the past. Sadly in the latest releases they decided to go a different direction.

    Cons

    This latest version will install all manner of junk... the options to opt-out are very intentionally unintuitive and downright sneaky. All designed to get you to completely trash your computer.I wasted so much time this morning dealing with the aftermath that I took the extra time to whois the developer and let him know how unethical this move was. Also, I took the time to create an account here just to warn people.

    Summary

    Was a good product with good reviews... recently has turn to utter garbage. Don't risk using it as it will cost you way more than it is worth.

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  • 1 stars

    "Only Worked for 2 Days"

    February 24, 2014   |   By JRM4

    Version: CamStudio 2.7.2 Build r326

    Pros

    Worked very well for about 2 days

    Cons

    Started saving defective files after 2 days.

    Summary

    Don't waste your time downloading this. The defective files cannot be opened in a media player - nor converted to a different format. Try Hyper Cam 2. It is much better and does not fail.

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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 2.7.2 Build r326
    • Added MP4 container support in preparation for AVI 2.0 functionality - changed output toolbar icon to single rotating one
    • Fixed sync issues when recording is paused and restarted
    General
    Publisher CamStudio
    Publisher web site http://camstudio.org/
    Release Date October 19, 2013
    Date Added January 28, 2014
    Version 2.7.2 Build r326
    Category
    Category Video Software
    Subcategory Video Capture Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows NT, Windows, Windows Me, Windows 98
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 633.69KB
    File Name CamStudio_Setup_v2.7.2_r326_(build_19Oct2013).exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 1,360,650
    Downloads Last Week 1,739
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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