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SMRecorder

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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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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.3 stars

    out of 95 votes

    • 5 star: 43
    • 4 star: 6
    • 3 star: 10
    • 2 star: 10
    • 1 star: 26
  • Current version:

    3.6 stars

    out of 43 votes

    • 5 star: 23
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 5
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 9
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  • 3.0 stars

    "It's free and it "works.""

    October 30, 2013  |   By theolentangy

    Version: SMRecorder 1.2.4

    Pros

    At the advice of a random YouTube poster, I got this program to record gaming on my computer. It has a simple, clean interface, and even a casual user like myself can easily use the program without reading manuals and help files.

    Cons

    If I continuously recorded longer than, say, 12-14 minutes, the recording would automatically stop with the message "You recording file size is too large." I don't know if this is related to my own setup or if it is a flaw in SMRecorder.

    Additionally, my colors were all messed up in all my videos. Again, don't know if this is a flaw in the program or a flaw in my system, but I know other people reported similar problems.

    Summary

    I paid $0 for this program, avoided installing toolbars and spyware, and it generally does it's job, even if I have to constantly stop recording and restart with a new file. If there were a program that costs $10, did the exact same things but didn't make me stop recording all the time, I would buy it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Greek, poli kalo, almost excellent, for free program"

    November 11, 2012  |   By darios300

    Version: SMRecorder 1.2.4

    Pros

    Efkoli egkatastasi, pliris i apegkatastasi, dinatotita na min emfanizete kata tin eggrafi ikonas ke ixu, efkolos o xirismos. To sinisto.

    Cons

    Apeti na "psaksis" gia na kanis eggrafi ikonas me ixo.
    exi peripu 40-50 lepta (sto unlimited) megisti diarkia eggrafis se ena arxio. Perisoteros xronos eggrafis apeti deftero arxio.
    Den apetite o conevter tus.

    Summary

    Kata tin egkatastasi egkatastise MONO to kirios programa ke KANENA extra. Gia eggrafi ikonas me ixo apo video pu epeze sto diktio, sto sistima mu, xrisimopiisa epitixos tis epiloges "Realtek HD Audio Input" ke mesa tis "entasi gramis isodu".
    Otan sto sistima trexi to ZoneAlarm gia na paris ikona prepi na pas zoneAlarm-internet-webSecurity-settings-settings-advancedSettings-antiKeyLogger- na ksetsekaris to "blockPrograms that secretly record your keystrokes" ke na tsekaris "Only allegendly secure sessions" PRIN ANIKSIS to smrecorder. Otan teliosis me tin eggrafi, ksanapigene sto Zone ke tsekare ta "blockPrograms that secretly..." ke to "Always (..." gia tin megisti prostasia su.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Blah. Comes with malware"

    October 9, 2012  |   By spacegiant

    Version: SMRecorder 1.2.4

    Pros

    Simple to use

    Cons

    Poor quality recording

    Summary

    Very easy, one click recording, no overcomplicated controls. Video quality was just passable, choppy with cartoonish coloration. Upon uninstalling (I was offline), it opened a window trying to sell me stuff. Beware!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "impressive customer service"

    October 1, 2012  |   By unitsparkson

    Version: SMRecorder 1.2.4

    Pros

    Most of the review is about the how good or bad of the sofware is. Generally, I am happy with the functionality of the software, easy use, good quality of the video. One more point is about the customer service, quick and prop response, helpful, normally, a free software do not have any customer service, this one does!!

    Cons

    Support it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very good, as I like"

    September 28, 2012  |   By nervoushobby

    Version: SMRecorder 1.2.4

    Pros

    Very easy use, use minimun of my computer. The setting is very simple and the quality of the video is excellent.

    Cons

    no worries, use it and like it

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  • 5.0 stars

    "minimum resource required"

    September 27, 2012  |   By sandwichgood

    Version: SMRecorder 1.2.4

    Pros

    Many recording software ask for quite lots of computer resources to run it and record the good quality video.This one is quite smart, light and easy use.

    Cons

    I like it!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Brilliant software"

    September 25, 2012  |   By debunhorrean

    Version: SMRecorder 1.2.4

    Pros

    I do not have any problems on using the software. very easy to record a desktop video for my demonstration. No worries about the setting of the video and audio, The default setting can guarantee a good quality video.
    There are some ads, but no disturbing at all.

    Cons

    Happy with it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Good service and good quality"

    September 24, 2012  |   By oakfuniture

    Version: SMRecorder 1.2.4

    Pros

    Very good customer service. I had a problem on audio input setting and send eamil asking about it. The reply is quick and very helpful. very good customer service. I have no problem on installing and using it.

    Cons

    Toobar was installed as default, however, is you read the instruction carefully, it did say it and tell you how to avoid it.
    No problem on deleting them. Compared to the quality and service i got, no complains.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Loaded with Malware"

    September 21, 2012  |   By jjhayne

    Version: SMRecorder 1.2.4

    Pros

    The program deleted okay.

    Cons

    The malware it is loaded with does not delete.

    Summary

    This program has malware loaded with malware for Apsolo and Parallels Plesk Panel. After one year of active pursuit I still have been unable to delete it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "a reliable tool"

    September 20, 2012  |   By barryhugh889

    Version: SMRecorder 1.2.4

    Pros

    something I am looking for. reliable and easy use. The audio and video recording is an easy processing and the defult setting is good enough for me.customer service is fairly good, quick responds with some useful suggestion

    Cons

    recommend it

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