CamStudio

Download Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
2.9
out of 221 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.6b
  • Total Downloads:
    1,397,836
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 06, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    633.69KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    6
  • Platform:
    Windows

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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  • Current Version

    2.2

    out of 51 votes

    • 5 star 7
    • 4 star 6
    • 3 star 5
    • 2 star 7
    • 1 star 26
  • All Versions

    2.9

    out of 221 votes

    • 5 star 53
    • 4 star 47
    • 3 star 22
    • 2 star 21
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2 stars

"THE 2.0 Cam Studio is the best available NOT THIS ONE"

November 24, 2011  |  By BigBadWolf_2009

 |  Version: CamStudio 2.6b

Pros

They don't have the 2.0 version here but you can still get it at the Cam.Studio home site.

It took me a long time to test CamStudio and it was because of all the bad reviews that I've read I figured why bother.

Well I decided to try the 2.0 version and with a little fine tuning I found that it is by far the best video capture available.
I did try this beta version here but don't like it one bit.

This review is for the 2.0 , and like I said it can be obtained at the CamStudio site

I tested the 2.0 in XP , Vista , and Windows 7-64bit , and it works perfectly in every one of my machines .

First of all if you want a very good video you need to also install CamStudios lossless codec (availble at their site).
I think that was the gripe of a lot of users , but with this codec the picture really sharpens up.

This Codec will install in XP and Vista but not Windows 7 , but no problem because I'll tell you what to use in 7 also.

Cons

NONE if we're talking CamStudio 2.0 , this new beta is for the birds.

Summary

OK I ran out of space up there so I'll spell out what to use in each OS.

One note first : This comes with several codecs already installed ,and I would never use the Microsoft video 1 codec , and the reason being is that it creates a Huge file .

On XP and Vista = Use the lossless codec if you want a better quality video but a slightly bigger file , of if you'd like a smaller file with a decent picture use the Cinepak codec by radius ( also pre installed in 2.0 )

On Windows 7 64bit = I stick with the Cinepak codec ,it does a pretty good job and the file isn't huge.
You can use the Microsoft video 1 codec but it will be a much larger file.
The reason I don't use the lossless codec here is because it won't install in Windows7 64bit.

Now here's the best news of all, and partially why I say CamStudio is the Best to use.

CamStudio WILL NOT install a freakin Toolbar or try to highjack your home page , and if you read my other reviews here about a couple of the more popular video recorders you'll see what a pain in the butt they are and the massive problems one in particular causes.
I won't mention the names here but my reviews are available to see here at C/Net.

Cam Studio 2.0 is Safe , it's hassle free , and the company won't disrespect you by highjacking your friggin home page or by installing a hated and un needed tool bar.
And one more thing , in a few reviews about other Video recorders it made it sound like all you had to do was click no and they wouldn't install. BS

Updated on Nov 24, 2011

PS: I forgot to note RECORD TO AVI

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1 stars

"HATE IT!!!"

December 17, 2013  |  By atxmatt2510

 |  Version: CamStudio 2.6b

Pros

Good for people who love being angry all the time.
Will increase your rage to an all-time high.
Good for wasting long periods of time recording, only to find out it won't save any of it!

Cons

Slows your pc.
Full of viruses and spyware.
Bloatware if you aren't smart enough to catch it.
Slow refresh rates.
Never saves your recordings (Unless they are super short.)
Terrible interface.
Visually outdated and hideous.
No backup to recordings.
No filename definition/

Summary

I liked this for my first couple recordings that were about 10 minutes. I wanted to start recording tutorials and this is when I really began to hate life. I have seriously had to record 3-4 times before it saved, and it was just sheer luck if it did. I stopped using it for a while and decided to try it again tonight to record a team meeting - BIG MISTAKE. I recorded a 30 minute meeting time and time again until I was so frustrated that I uninstalled the program and created a CNET account to write these things.

DO NOT DOWNLOAD, DO NOT INSTALL, DO NOT EVEN SEARCH IT!! (Well, I guess you already made your first mistake if you're here.)

Quit while you're ahead. Please.

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3 stars

"It works, but ..."

December 15, 2013  |  By RayLNelson

 |  Version: CamStudio 2.6b

Pros

It works. Easy to install.

I like how you can outline the region you wish to capture and not capture whole desktop.

Cons

Took some time to figure out how to set it so it would do what I wanted.

Captures at very slow frame rate. Have to ask why it allows faster play rates and only captures at 7-10 fps?

Already read that files are big. Well they really are obnoxiously big. After running through video editor they can be compressed but it is 2nd biggest issue.

Menus are not as good as they can be. Help could easily display when you hover over selections (I know, I am a Visual Studio Programmer).

Uses huge amounts of CPU and obviously Disk IO. There's things that could be done to optimize that.

Summary

It works, but needs improvement to be widely acceptable. Great start and could become a real winner if frame rate is improved compression is better.

So thank you, would pay for improvements.

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1 stars

"did not work - beware malware!"

December 13, 2013  |  By j-z

 |  Version: CamStudio 2.6b

Pros

there is a support forum - you'll probably need it!

Cons

install is confusing. Could end up with malware if not careful (can decline install of browser stuff). Product installed and could start to record and then at finish could save a video but it could not be played with any software I had on my computer. The player that comes with CamStudio did not launch - got an error. After closing CamStudio software it would not open again.

Summary

You best have a lot of time on your hands if you want to try getting this to work. I'd look elsewhere.

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1 stars

"Full of MALWARE!"

December 09, 2013  |  By 5jm

 |  Version: CamStudio 2.6b

Pros

Let me think of some..... nope, nothing!

Cons

Well, where do I start. Unticking the options to install additional rubbish, erm I mean, Toolbars, Search Engines, Changing your browsers Home Page to some obscure website, it does it anyway!!

It's taken me 2 hours to remove the **** this program has put on my PC. Never, ever again!

Summary

If you want to spend two hours removing MALWARE from your PC, then by all means install this program. Why it's still listed here is beyond me!

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1 stars

"Cant remove spyware once uninstalled! DO NOT DOWNLOAD"

December 09, 2013  |  By techmonster79

 |  Version: CamStudio 2.6b

Pros

easy to record, but shoddy quality

Cons

Cant remove spyware even once uninstalled! DO NOT DOWNLOAD. This **** will mess up your browser. Constant ads and surveys. I can get rid of it, but its going to take me some time. You better know how to use a PC real good if you want to get rid of all the spyware once you install. STAY AWAY FROM THIS PROGRAM

Summary

AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL. Will hurt you. Will take up your time to remove properly, and you must know how to use a computer really good. Will slow your computer. DO NOT DOWNLOAD.

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1 stars

"Warning This software is infected with malware"

November 27, 2013  |  By umgala

 |  Version: CamStudio 2.6b

Pros

I have nothing positive to report sadly this is malware in it's purest form

Cons

I have nothing positive to report sadly this is malware software posing as legitimate free software

This downloadable program is loaded with spyware. Took me 2 hours to clean my computer with 3 different pro antimalware tools to remove severel types of malware mainly trojans embedded to camstudio. It is very persistant malware
I am a pro security consultant and done a lot of security testing over the years on different software solution and I must warn about this aplication and its socalled free video recording service which is 100% malicious software.
Below is the full MalwareBytes scanningreport from my win7 mashine after installation of the camstudio screenrecorder.
The scanning report from malwareBytes pretty much speaks for itself.

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1 stars

"no sound on pc at all"

November 27, 2013  |  By depot333

 |  Version: CamStudio 2.6b

Pros

none, unuseable without sound

Cons

i now dont have sound at all on my pc even after uninstalling it and re booting.
stuff that has that level of bugginess should never be released.

now i have to waste a whole lot of time trying to find out what to do to fix my pc.

Summary

i think it used to be good. they should keep it simple.

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1 stars

"Full of Malware"

November 21, 2013  |  By steff2j

 |  Version: CamStudio 2.6b

Pros

no pros for this software

Cons

I foolishly downloaded this without checking first. This installs many horrible programs. This is the second time this year this has happened to me downloading a file from CNET. I can't trust this place anymore.

Summary

Beware if you download. Beware getting anything from CNET

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1 stars

"one million downloads! one million people screwed over"

August 18, 2013  |  By alph99

 |  Version: CamStudio 2.6b

Pros

Good thing I know never to trust Cnet. they also force you to receive ad mail..
Its just what the hell why are you so evil Cnet!!!???

Cons

Its a virus! Its drity dirty virus!.. Its plugged with thousands of ad-ware. Its overrun my computer. wow didn't know such a big company still couldn't give a **** about screwing people over after all these years like this for money in their pocket with a deal with these ad-ware *******.. I thought they would of rose above it now and atleast have customer service contacts

Summary

How is this not deleted... its just a virus... ehy are you still rigging your downloads with crap Cnet!! GROW UP! You could have such potential if you cared!!

Hate and never trust Cnet EVER again

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4 stars

"Good for basic screen casts but not for gaming"

July 17, 2013  |  By TheGreg75

 |  Version: CamStudio 2.6b

Pros

Has many features similar to Bandicam such as visual click feedback and fps controller with some good effects...

Cons

..but there is a 2GB file size limit so you will have to use a low fps and quality rate with a good codec such as Xvid but even with that if you use it for long gaming videos with high quality camstudio will crash and make a WAV file that cannot be opened or make a video with bad quality and/or HUGE file size.

Summary

overall, using this piece of software depends on what you are using it for; if you use it for basic, short tutorials that don't need high quality, short support videos for a product that you make or how-to videos on your computer then go ahead. But if you are using this for HD or 3D gaming, long videos or any thing this is 3D, then get a PAID screen recorder. Trust me, Camstudio is NOT recomened for gaming or 3D rendering (even by the owner).

Updated on Sep 27, 2013

THIS IS NOT THE LATEST VERSION!!!. Just download it from http://camstudio.org/.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.6b
Version 2.5 beta adds recording a region by windows, mouse-button-based visual feedback, true multilanguage support, recording audio from speakers, and a variety of other new features and fixes.
General
Publisher CamStudio
Publisher web site http://camstudio.org/
Release Date April 06, 2011
Date Added April 06, 2011
Version 2.6b
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Capture Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows, Windows NT, Windows 95, 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 1,397,836
Downloads Last Week 6
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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