CamStudio

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
2.9
out of 221 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.7.2 Build r326
  • Total Downloads:
    1,397,849
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 28, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    633.69KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    9
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Note: Download.com has chosen not to provide a direct-download link for this product and offers this page for informational purposes only.

Editors' Review

+

CamStudio manages, displays, and records onscreen video and audio from any source. A compact, clean interface is highlighted by a toolbar with integrated player controls. Features include Autopan, Annotations, and Effects. A system tray menu and customizable keyboard shortcuts make it easy to start and stop recording at a moment's notice. CamStudio records video in AVI format, and its built-in SWF Producer converts and saves them as Flash videos.

Pros

Video tutorials: CamStudio has the Web-based video tutorials, FAQs, and other support options that often distinguish open source projects from other tools.

Screen annotations: A small pop-up let us annotate video with shapes, objects, and text; create and save layouts; and add things to the Library. Picture-in-picture can display a second feed (your face, for example) onscreen.

Effects options: The Effects options include custom time stamps and Stopwatch time stamp options. We could activate the Autopan option and set pan speed and add captions and watermarks. Most effects have their own options, too.

Cons

Limited formats: CamStudio only saves video in AVI and FLV formats, which might put you off.

Bottom Line

CamStudio is a no-nonsense tool that can record and annotate onscreen audio and video activity to create online videos, educational materials, personal greetings, and much more. Fancier tools are available (sometimes for a price), if you want stuff like glitter trails and frilly border templates. But we think CamStudio is the sort of easy-to-use software you'll turn to again and again.

 
read more +

Publisher's Description

+
 
read more +
User Reviews
+
  • Current Version

    1.3

    out of 25 votes

    • 5 star 1
    • 4 star 0
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 22
  • All Versions

    2.9

    out of 221 votes

    • 5 star 53
    • 4 star 47
    • 3 star 22
    • 2 star 21
    • 1 star 78
  • My rating

    0 stars

    Write review

Results 1–10 of 25

3 stars

"In general, adequate"

April 14, 2015  |  By peterues

 |  Version: CamStudio 2.7.2 Build r326

Pros

Free and small

Cons

more CPU usage, slow

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

1 stars

"CamStudio Is A Piece of Rubbish"

March 16, 2015

 |  Version: CamStudio 2.7.2 Build r326

Pros

Free.
Records videos that are a few seconds long.

Cons

Crashes often.
Window cannot minimize properly.
Full of adware.
Five minute long recordings crash the program.

Summary

This program needs to be rechecked by CNET.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

1 stars

"Where is the old, OK version?"

March 09, 2015  |  By movrshakr

 |  Version: CamStudio 2.7.2 Build r326

Pros

So, apparently, from reading the previous, there was a version that was OK--even good. Does anybody know that version number and a safe download site?

Cons

Current version full of adware and/or more.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

1 stars

"Full of ad ware and viruses"

February 02, 2015

 |  Version: CamStudio 2.7.2 Build r326

Pros

Wasn't able to use

Cons

After download my screen looked like the 4th of July with all the pop up ads. DON'T DOWNLOAD

Summary

STAY AWAY

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

1 stars

"Full of ADWARE. ADWARE/InstallCore.Gen."

January 29, 2015

 |  Version: CamStudio 2.7.2 Build r326

Pros

Non - See Cons

Cons

The newest version installs up to 3 different "Adware Programs". If you disable the Adware Internet Browser CamStudio stops working.

Summary

I understand the need to generate revenue and I have used this product before. The Developer's need to rethink the Adware Monetizing as the way its configured in 2.7.2 Build r326. It's not worth having ADWARE and software being installed in the background without your acceptance.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

1 stars

"Riddled with spy and adware"

November 28, 2014  |  By docktoral

 |  Version: CamStudio 2.7.2 Build r326

Pros

No redeeming qualities on Windows8

Cons

Terribly slow machine afterwards, riddled with spyware and adware.

Summary

Do not use. Will screw up your machine.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

1 stars

"Trashed my Computer - Avoid it or Regret it!"

November 18, 2014  |  By ChicksHateMe

 |  Version: CamStudio 2.7.2 Build r326

Pros

Not one Pro on this version

Cons

1. Trashed my Computer
2. Created corrupt AVI files
3. ALWAYS has an update, from ANOTHER site. That update is full of junk.

Summary

I had used CamStudio in the past, and it worked fairly well. SO, I decided to ignore the negative reviews and give the newer version a shot.

WHAT A MISTAKE!!!

1. First, once you install THIS version, it will ALWAYS tell you there's an UPDATED version, and it will get it from ANOTHER site, circumventing CNET's scan and detection of malware and other junk.

2. Even with declining all the crapola the "Updated version" tries to push on you, my computer started to act weird, but I wanted to record my grand daughters volleyball game, so I decided to keep going and try it.

3. It took some tweaking to get it to record the sound AND video. Then it seemed to work, so I thought.

3. First file I saved was game 1, and it looked like it played OK. So I continued on. 2nd one, I tried to save, but didn't change name, so it said it failed saving . and I lost that. 3rd file I thought I got it all right.

4. Upon trying to play back any of the files, my computer came to a crawl. I ended up uninstalling it, but it was too late. Damage was done. I went back and tried to play the files with a number of players and either they would lock up my system, or not play properly.

Not only did I waste my time with trying the software. I have spent the last day scanning to try and find out why my computer pauses still. Either the way it stores the files corrupted my drive, or I got a root kit. I'm still scanning and looking. Or, maybe it's just REALLY badly written.

It's too bad, because it WAS a great program years ago when I tried it and it worked. Maybe whoever took it over decided they gave away enough for free and thought it was time to screw over the people that have used it. Obviously, actually. Because it doesn't work anymore, unless you call offering crap during installation and costing hours of your time recovering from it's corruption working.....

WARNING!!!! Believe the negative reviews. STAY AWAY!!!!

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

2 stars

"free and worked but has ADWARE!"

November 10, 2014  |  By anotherwinuser

 |  Version: CamStudio 2.7.2 Build r326

Pros

free and worked

Cons

Wow, claims to be open-source but installs ADWARE!

Summary

Hmm, not sure if it's worth it. Lame precedent, Mr. Publisher.
BTW I can't remember if I downloaded it here... The installer does download additional things which is always a big warning sign!

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

1 stars

"Be very careful"

November 07, 2014  |  By riscario

 |  Version: CamStudio 2.7.2 Build r326

Pros

Free: you can't beat the price but you pay in other ways

Cons

bloatware/adware: Even if you're careful during the installation, you'll get unintended programs installed. That's unacceptable.

Summary

I didn't try the program because the other installed programs were causing problems. My default search engine got changed. Extra ads started showing and an unexpected program started running. Luckily I was able to remove the junk via the Control Panel. At the same time I got rid of CamStudio.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

1 stars

"Beware !!! Absolute bloatware."

November 06, 2014  |  By mpithapurwala

 |  Version: CamStudio 2.7.2 Build r326

Pros

It didn't even work for me. Kept complaining that the set renderer was incompatible !

Cons

Bloatware ! Installed 10 other programs with itself. Changed the default search engine, started tinkering with my registry ! Scary ! Now I am worried that it might have left behind a virus or something.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

Results 1–10 of 25

Add Your Review

Login or create an account to post a review.

You are logged in as . Please submit your review for CamStudio
Add Your Review

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

Update Your Review

Since you've already submitted a review for this product, this submission will be added as an update to your original review.
Submit

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

 
see all reviews +

Full Specifications

+
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 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 633.69KB
File Name CamStudio_Setup_v2.7.2_r326_(build_19Oct2013).exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,397,849
Downloads Last Week 9
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

Previous Versions:

Add to my list Report a problem
 
read more +

More Products to Consider

Close[x]

Submit a problem report for CamStudio

Please describe the problem you have with this software. This information will be sent to our editors for review.

Problem:

The Download.com Installer isn't working as expected

The download link does not work

The software has a newer version

The product contains malicious software

Other

Description:

Please select a feedback type.

Please enter a description.

Submit Problem Report

Close[x]

Problem Report submitted

Thank you for submitting a problem report! The Download team is committed to providing you with accurate software information.

OK