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CamStudio

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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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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.0 stars

    out of 206 votes

    • 5 star: 53
    • 4 star: 47
    • 3 star: 21
    • 2 star: 20
    • 1 star: 65
  • Current version:

    1.4 stars

    out of 10 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 9
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  • 1.0 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 1.0 stars

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

    March 6, 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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  • 1.0 stars

    "Adware, spyware, bloatware!"

    March 3, 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best Freeware for Screen Recording!"

    February 23, 2014  |   By RCOS_Development

    Version: CamStudio 2.7.2 Build r326

    Pros

    CamStudio houses a very simple interface, with all the regular functions you'll need for desktop recording. It also offers advanced features like annotations and screen timing.

    Another feature I find important and useful is keyboard shortcuts. With hotkeys, I am able to stop/pause the recording with a press of a key. Earlier, I had to edit the content out afterwards with a video editor.

    Despite the other reviews suggesting that the CamStudio installation offers a lot of "sponsored offers", I don't believe it is a really big issue. All of the offers are OPTIONAL, and you can decline them or uncheck them at your will. The additional offers are from the CNET downloader. To get a clean installation, you need to click "Direct Download Link" below the big green download button.

    Cons

    I don't have many complaints about the software, expect for its use of a sponsored installer program. However, if you read carefully you can avoid being infected by potentially unwanted programs.

    Another small complaint is the lack of a update checker. I found myself using an old version after 5 new ones were released.

    Summary

    CamStudio is a great lightweight and free piece of software that allows you to record your screen. I find it useful, as I do operating system work, and I highly recommend this software to everyone that requires a screen recorder.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Spyware, and everything nasty."

    February 11, 2014  |   By UncleMike988

    Version: CamStudio 2.7.2 Build r326

    Pros

    Absolutely nothing. It's pure spyware.

    Cons

    It's been a long time since I found an application so loaded with spyware, spamware, and nasty stuff which silently installed on your PC. It'll install a set of nasty apps on your PC, change your browser's homepage, and mess up your computer. It's evil. Pure evil.

    Summary

    There is absolutely no reason to install/evaluate this software. It's the most evil, spyware filled software I've had the mispleasure to use in years. Avoid.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Totally full of crapware"

    February 6, 2014  |   By xtracomment

    Version: CamStudio 2.7.2 Build r326

    Pros

    None unless you want to kill your computer

    Cons

    Will change your browser homepage definitly, even if you change it, it will revert back to sweet-page.com That's probably just the tip of the iceberg, luckily I had a close restore point.

    Summary

    Do not install

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Introduced malware"

    February 4, 2014  |   By hateforcedaccounts

    Version: CamStudio 2.7.2 Build r326

    Pros

    None unless you like viruses.

    Cons

    This free download cost me a day cleaning malware and viruses off of my computer. Several "PUPs" were downloaded along with the main program. Something called OptProCrash, Weather Bug, and RightSurf which was particularly difficult to get rid of. It hijacked my browser, my home page, my start menu, and killed my computer's performance.

    Summary

    I went through the hassle of creating an account just so I could warn people about this download! You will regret it. And the download is so sneaky--you do not have the opportunity to de-select the "optional" malware programs. All you are shown are license agreements to agree to--and we all know everyone by now clicks Accept by force of habit. Very devious and unethical.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "VIRUSES VIRUSES VIRUSES"

    February 3, 2014  |   By thesecondhonestruth

    Version: CamStudio 2.7.2 Build r326

    Pros

    One of the best free software on the internet but read the cons...

    Cons

    I downloaded CamStudio from their site. I don't recommend it. Just right now I'm trying to fight with all the viruses I've gotten because of this download and instal.
    My laptop is working like an old guy in his very 90s waiting for the death. Nothing works properly. My antivirus detected 9 "high risk" viruses. I could not even delete them because my laptop refuses to obey me. I'm really angry.

    Summary

    No fun, only viruses.

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