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My Screen Recorder

CNET Editors' review

My Screen Recorder is an easy-to-use program that lets you record your onscreen activity. With its intuitive design and useful features, My Screen Recorder is a great way to create demonstrations, tutorials, and more.

The program's interface isn't the most beautiful we've ever seen, but it's easy to figure out. The big red Record button brings up a dialogue that guides you through the process of configuring the recording options. Once that's done, the program records until you hit Stop within the program's interface or uses the designated keyboard shortcut. The program then saves and replays the recorded video. My Screen Recorder has quite a few features and options, making it one of the more versatile programs of this type that we've seen. You can select whether you want to record the full screen or just a specified region, can choose between AVI and WMA output formats, and have the option of recording just audio or video. We especially liked the program's audio tuning wizard, which helps you configure your recording and playback volume. The application also helps you customize your display options by offering a variety of settings for visual effects and Windows appearance, and the program's built-in Help file is well-written and thorough. Overall, we found My Screen Recorder to be very easy to use--simple enough for beginners--but customizable enough to meet the needs of more demanding users.

My Screen Recorder is free to try, but the trial version puts a watermark on the program's output. The program installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program to all users.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.1 stars

    out of 21 votes

    • 5 star: 6
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 6
    • 1 star: 3
  • Current version:

    3.2 stars

    out of 4 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 2.0 stars

    "It may be wonderful, but it didn't work for me"

    September 15, 2012  |   By Shery P

    Version: My Screen Recorder 3.33

    Pros

    It has a free trial.

    Cons

    All I ever got to work was recording the box itself. With only two recordings to test the free trial, it didn't seem worth it to use the two recordings of the control box to decide if I liked it.

    Their help was directed to those who already know how to use it. For instance there is nothing about how to record a specific window on a multiple window or multiple monitor system. It just says to use the input.

    Summary

    Could be terrific, but no evidence of that.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Maybe worth buying!"

    July 8, 2012  |   By brainout

    Version: My Screen Recorder 3.33

    Pros

    1. LARGE PREVIEW WINDOW, which you can also view fullscreen! Deskshare's companion product, Video Edit Magic, has an even better Preview Window allowing fullscreen viewing, very rare and useful!

    2. Clear 'Help', well presented. Very impressive.
    3. Intuitive interface.
    5. Customizable hot keys, minimizes to tray, yes!
    6. MP3/WMA allowed, but not in their avi default (PCM).
    7. Extra recording options like hiding desktop icons or wallpaper. You can specify resolution.
    8. Helpful hints on settings which use less CPU.
    9. Operates on old Pentium IV, don't need dual-core.
    10. You can replay in the Recorder.
    11. You can repair crashed Recorder files.
    12. Mouse and sound optionally recordable.
    11. Has a forum online=dedication to the product.

    Cons

    1. If using hotkey to start recording, the minimized window first restores, which is unnerving. However, it isn't part of the video recorded. Allow a one-two second delay before speaking, but assume the screen is recorded right away.

    2. Voice Pitch shift occurs unpredictably, though that might be due to other software (i.e., some program on your machine sends for an update). It doesn't last long.

    3. Limited codecs, but the most Xvid, is customizable exactly as on your system. Their avi default is surprisingly good for 1280 x 1024 recording.

    4. VERY Limited editing or post-production options with this product and their Video Edit Magic. I wish Deskshare and AVS4YOU and nch software would pool their talents. The latter two have some great preproduction features, but a lousy interface.

    5. Annoyingly large icons with no ability to turn off text labels.

    6. Default avi recording codec, though good for video, annoyingly demands PCM for audio.

    Summary

    Backgrounder: I've made over 400 HD Youtube videos in the last few years, at the rate of several per week; most of these are fullscreen recordings of my desktop, and are text-intensive (Bible exegesis). Main programs used are AutoScreenRecorder Pro from wisdom-soft, and AVS4YOU. Due to hassles in using both programs, I came to cnet to find alternatives. It's been frustrating.. until now.

    This program has potential. Overall, it's intelligently-designed. There is no banner in the trial version, but there is a limit of 3 minutes to record. Wish they'd make it just a little longer, so you can test for CPU overload and other problems which only show in a longer recording. But if you know what to test, 3 minutes is maybe enough. TEST MOUSEHOOKS between the recorder and whatever desktop activity you're recording.

    I will probably buy this program, but this review is for the cheaper standard version, and I've not yet tested the Pro version. Don't buy this without also buying Video Edit Magic. Will update the review when I've tested both programs, and will report if I bought it.

    I'd be willing to pay a LOT more, if they would soup up the text overlay options in either Recorder or Editor.

    Updated on Jul 8, 2012

    UPDATE: #1 pro re Video Magic suddenly is not true after exiting the program. Now I can't get the window to float outside the menu, and it 'borders' the screen with too much deadspace, such that the text is greeked. Will have to figure out why it worked the first time, but not now. No instructions on that.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Not What It Seems To Be"

    May 5, 2012  |   By prathascullion

    Version: My Screen Recorder 3.33

    Pros

    Nice,simple controls,easy to operate,has separate folder to put your video files in,can adjust the size of the recording area and has good video quality.

    Cons

    Sound quality is not good{even on the highest setting},on adjusting the size of the recording area you have to make sure you use drag and drop to get the right size you want.If you try to just use your pointer without dragging and droping,everything will freeze-up on your entire screen.The only way I could get everything back to normal was to restart the computer.And the BIGGEST THING OF ALL -- has a BANNER{not a watermark}on the videos{free version},making the videos useless.

    Summary

    This might not be a bad screen/video recorder if it weren't for the banner near the bottom of the videos.PLEASE UNDERSTAND WHAT I'M SAYING HERE.It is NOT a watermark as the manufacturer claims -- it is an actual BANNER near the bottom of the videos,making them useless{free version}.A small watermark is not a bad thing,but an actual banner is another matter.The banner says{in a lined-off area and in big green letters}'My Screen Recorder Trial Version Please Purchase'.This is near the bottom of ALL videos in the free version,making the videos useless.I left an e-mail for the manufacturer calling this a watermark was an outright lie.A water mark and a banner are two different things.So again be warned -- the free version does NOT contain a watermark in the videos{as the manufacturer claims},but is an actual BANNER near the bottom of the videos,making the videos useless.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent Screen Recording Software"

    May 1, 2012  |   By jasonajao

    Version: My Screen Recorder 3.33

    Pros

    What a well made product. Works right after download and is intuitive to use, no need to read a manual! The hotkeys are a nice touch, you can pause and restart the recording as needed. The recording profiles are a great feature - all the optimum settings are selected. The countdown timer is great when you first begin recordings, and can be turned off as you get more experienced. There are just too many well thought out features to go through, this is clearly software that has been refined over time.

    Cons

    None found

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