SMRecorder

SMRecorder

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.3
out of 99 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.2
  • Total Downloads:
    724,022
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 26, 2011
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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SMRecorder is a simple desktop audio/video recorder that not only captures desktop video and audio but also camera and microphone inputs. You can add onscreen annotation and narration to create clips for presentations, tutorials, and embedded media. It's freeware, too.

During the installation process, we were given the choice between standard and custom installation options. We chose the custom option, which let us deselect some extras like toolbars that we didn't want. SMRecorder's main interface is more or less a minimized media player, with six buttons and a counter. Three buttons access recording tasks, and start, pause, or stop the recording process; another two access the Screen Image Annotation tool and the save function. The last button opened a Web-based manual with plenty of screenshots. We could access the same documentation directly at the program's Web site. SMRecorder keeps its interface small and neat by using dialogs for the heavy lifting, such as the Screen Image Annotation tool and the program's main settings page, the New Recording Task box. We opened this box and started by selecting Capture Type on the General tab. Our choices were Desktop Video, Camera Video, or Desktop/Microphone Sound. We chose desktop video capture, full desktop, and normal resolution, and then set the duration (5 minutes to unlimited) and the Save Path. On the Video Settings tab, we could set the video compression quality, capture frame rate, synchronization interval, and other choices. The Audio tab let us set the recording volume level, channels, delay, and the digital audio sample frequency and bit rate. We could also deselect the Record Audio check box to force the program to record video without sound.

SMRecorder minimized to the system tray while recording video. We dragged the cursor around the desktop, highlighting a few items. When we stopped recording, the program saved it in our destination as an AVI. We opened it in our favorite media player, and it played normally, showing our cursor motion and other desktop activity. This is a handy tool to keep on the desktop, and great for making demonstration videos.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.2

    out of 18 votes

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

    3.3

    out of 99 votes

    • 5 star 45
    • 4 star 6
    • 3 star 11
    • 2 star 10
    • 1 star 27
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3 stars

"good video but no audio ??"

August 24, 2011  |  By SteaknEggs95973

 |  Version: SMRecorder 1.2

Pros

good video but no audio ??

Cons

good video but no audio ??

Summary

I have "Record Audio" checked, as it came by default, but NO SOUND. Any suggestions?

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5 stars

"the best video capture software"

August 14, 2011  |  By katnip3

 |  Version: SMRecorder 1.2

Pros

Free, no unnecessary features

Cons

I was a little confused on how to do a partial screen capture, but I got it working now.

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3 stars

"Nice enough for price. READ INSTALLER OPTIONS CAREFULLY"

July 25, 2011  |  By lmruhland

 |  Version: SMRecorder 1.2

Pros

Fairly light program. Good audio/video sync. Nicer video quality than I expected from free program.

Cons

Installer includes problematic add-ons by default. GUI could be labeled better.

Summary

I'm happy with this program, but I've only used it to record with my webcam. It does what it needs to do with a minimum of extras.
I can't speak to its desktop recording capabilities.

No malicious software was installed on my Windows 7 machine, HOWEVER, the installer tries to shove in a bunch of browser extras by default. Just selecting "custom installation" and un-checking all the additional options seems to have left my PC and all browsers unscathed, but it's VERY easy to miss that. I almost did. That discouraged me when installing.

After that, though, I've been very happy to replace the software that came with my webcam with this. I mostly use it to record myself playing ukulele, so the excellent audio/video synchronization compared to Live! Cam Center is a big plus for me. That may be a product of it requiring fewer system resources.

All in all, it delivers on the features I expect. The inclusion of the potential malware in the installer was a HUGE turn-off, but the program itself is utilitarian and easy to use, just what I needed.

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1 stars

"Good program but hijacks your browsers - DO NOT INSTALL"

July 19, 2011  |  By tcisine

 |  Version: SMRecorder 1.2

Pros

Works fairly well sand does what it says it does easily

Cons

Hijacks your browsers

Summary

Even though this is "spyware free", it will hijack your browsers including Firefox, IE, etc. I am still working on it to see what other damage this program has caused.

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2 stars

"It works but needs improvement."

July 10, 2011  |  By Danial54

 |  Version: SMRecorder 1.2

Pros

Easier than some to use. Too technical for others to use.

Cons

Difficult to use. Captured image is poor.

Summary

Lots of room to make improvements, but it beats nothing and it's free.

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5 stars

"Works Great!!!!"

June 21, 2011  |  By kulmansam

 |  Version: SMRecorder 1.2

Pros

Allows for recording upto 36fps!! That is great, most paid versions only offer upto 30fps

Cons

IF you do not want to install all the other stuff (which make this program free), just select advanced while installing and uncheck all boxes...no browser take over will occur

Summary

I have used 5 different FREE sreen capture programs, I love this from the get go. I will come back in 7 days or 20 days or 3 months IF this program forces me to upgrade. Intil then, I highly recommend it

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5 stars

"Love it! Better than my expensive apps, and truly free"

June 13, 2011  |  By dawnknits

 |  Version: SMRecorder 1.2

Pros

SM breaks down the various parts of a complete recording, converting and editing system. I use it to record streaming video. By breaking down a suite into small parts, the CPU usage is greatly reduced.

Cons

Bit confusing. Read the web help pages, and it will make sense. Also, leave the defaults on the first few times unless you are an expert. I really thought I knew what I was doing, and I ended up rerecording stuff that just wouldn't convert.

Summary

My PC was new and very, very fast 2 years ago. Now, it produces choppy recorded streamed video when I use a pricey video suite. The SM products actually work better because I only run one small program at a time and better utilize my PCs resources. The programs are free, but I'm sold!

One more note: I cruise a ----load of "free" and "freeware" programs that just weren't. All had video time limits, 7 day time limits, or were watermarked until you paid. Most were $40 or more. This suite is actually free. I have spent 20+ hours looking for something cheap or free that works, so I hope this info helps someone.

Updated on Jun 13, 2011

Additional tip: When you are installing, use the "Custom or Advanced" option. You can opt out of the toolbar and changed homepages you don't want. It is the only difference.

Updated on Jun 13, 2011

Additional tip: When you are installing, use the "Custom or Advanced" option. You can opt out of the toolbar and changed homepages you don't want. It is the only difference.

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2 stars

"Does not work for video games"

June 12, 2011  |  By Dcooney07

 |  Version: SMRecorder 1.2

Pros

Unsure, ceased use promptly.

Cons

Did not record a full screen video game for me. Even after uninstalling, left an exe on my computer which I manually removed.

Summary

Worthless to me and perhaps dangerous to others.

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1 stars

"avast anti-virus software warned me Zugo is included"

May 30, 2011  |  By Freekee

 |  Version: SMRecorder 1.2

Pros

Never found out what SMRecorder is like since I didn't feel like taking a
chance after my avast anti-virus software warned me about Zugo being
included with the download.

Cons

Didn't find out if it has any cons since I never used it.

Summary

SMRecorder,
Get rid of Zugo in your download.

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5 stars

"Fantastic!"

May 29, 2011  |  By kiranand1964

 |  Version: SMRecorder 1.2

Pros

Easy to use and understand - Simple - no aggressive takeover of browser

Cons

None that I could tell.

Summary

I used Google Chrome and did not see any homepage take over or other aggressive stuff that most free software providers do. I am using this software to record video lectures and it works great for that. File gets automatically saved and it can be played via VLC. Great stuff!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.2
Version 1.2 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher Video2Down
Publisher web site http://www.video2down.com
Release Date January 25, 2011
Date Added January 26, 2011
Version 1.2
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Capture Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Windows, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 2003
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 9.26MB
File Name smrecorder_installer.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 724,022
Downloads Last Week 780
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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