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

    November 24, 2011  |   By BigBadWolf_2009

    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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  • Reply by CatherineMcClarey on February 4, 2012

    I've used CamStudio 2.0 thus far for all my Let's Play videos (mostly of DOSBox games) on YouTube. Unlike this reviewer, I've used the CamStudio Lossless Codec 1.4 on my Windows 7 64-bit computer with no problems. The user forums at the CamStudio website are very helpful for support, as are TBritton's series of CamStudio video tutorials on YouTube.
    Others have reported lagging issues when capturing gameplay footage of newer games with lots of animation, and I've found it a bit tricky to switch back & forth between CamStudio and a game running in full-screen mode. There are newer full-screen games which I would like to be able to record Let's Play videos of eventually, so I am looking for a more robust video capture program also -- but CamStudio 2.0 will always be my first and favorite, I think.

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