SMRecorder

SMRecorder


Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.3
out of 98 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.3.2
File Size:
9.26MB
Date Added:
June 25, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
729,330
Downloads Last Week:
815
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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 Versions:

    3.3

    out of 98 votes

    • 5 star: 45
    • 4 star: 6
    • 3 star: 11
    • 2 star: 10
    • 1 star: 26
  • Current Version:

    3.0

    out of 1 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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    Results 1-10 of 98

  • 3 stars

    "terrible fps on gaming"

    July 31, 2014

    Version: SMRecorder 1.3.2

    Pros

    I guess if you werent doing gaming, this would be great, easy to use software, but for me, it was a waste of time.

    Cons

    even at the highest, the fps is terrible on gaming. it also is very sneaky about getting you to install things you dont want.

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  • 5 stars

    "Do not see any problem"

    May 22, 2014   |   By ponyGent

    Version: SMRecorder 1.3.1

    Pros

    THis small software is an amazing tool, very handy and esy use.
    Flexible on Anotation. Good user manual and videos on how to use it.

    The quality of recording ti fantastic. It also has an embeded component which can transfer the file format.

    Cons

    Good quality and good support, which is not ususal for free software.

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  • 5 stars

    "Good and small recorder"

    May 13, 2014   |   By Meplan

    Version: SMRecorder 1.3.1

    Pros

    Work very efficient. Can record the desktop screen easily. Adding anotation without problem. Usefule tutorials teaching you how to use it efficiently. Very light, will not cause problem for the machine even you run some heavy program at the same time.

    Cons

    I quite like it. Did not see any problem yet

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  • 1 stars

    "VIRUS VIRUS WARNING"

    March 13, 2014   |   By Virus-Virus

    Version: SMRecorder 1.3.1

    Pros

    Virus WARNING ITS BEEN AN 1000 VIRUS DETECTED. HOW CNET ALLOWED THIS VIRUS?

    Cons

    Virus WARNING ITS BEEN AN 1000 VIRUS DETECTED. HOW CNET ALLOWED THIS VIRUS?

    Summary

    Virus WARNING ITS BEEN AN 1000 VIRUS DETECTED. HOW CNET ALLOWED THIS VIRUS?

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  • 5 stars

    "Quite swift screen captor"

    January 25, 2014   |   By funmate2003

    Version: SMRecorder 1.3

    Pros

    Just download this one, no hassle easy interface intuitive. I got great recorded video with this software. Thought it's a trial, but it's free actually, with ad support, but not a problem for me.

    Cons

    as said, a little ad, considering it's free and full functional, it's fine!

    Summary

    recommended if you have no budget to buy a heavy screen captor

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  • 5 stars

    "A effective screen recording program"

    January 17, 2014   |   By booksman2001

    Version: SMRecorder 1.3

    Pros

    Recommended by someone, tried it on my laptop. When recording desktop motion, it is just great, very fast, seems not consume system resources too much, I can still work on other things. The recorded video has perfect audio and video sync. I used other similar tools, their problem is you will never get audio and video at the same pace. But this one does the job very well.

    Cons

    Please read install page which can ask you to install other recommended software, if you don't want them, simply skip or cancel.

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  • 1 stars

    "VIRUS! MALWARE! HIJACKED! Do NOT download"

    January 04, 2014   |   By riboater

    Version: SMRecorder 1.3

    Pros

    free? NO PROS

    Cons

    full of malware

    Summary

    thanks CNET!

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  • 5 stars

    "Very efficient and clear"

    November 01, 2013   |   By JMPtrans

    Version: SMRecorder 1.2.6

    Pros

    NO VIRUS AT ALL!

    A very efficient and easy use!
    Record screen shot, conference, videos easily and good quality.
    Easily add annotations as well.

    Cons

    Honestly, I got what I need by clicking button

    Summary

    Try it, and you will find it is better than many of others.

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  • 3 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 stars

    "very efficient screen caster"

    October 30, 2013   |   By soonyman

    Version: SMRecorder 1.2.6

    Pros

    i ever used camstudio, but the sound is terrible. the key is the sound and video are not aligned well, so the recorded video always lags behind audio making my video tutorial useless. smrecorder sync my sound and video frames very well and very fast!

    Cons

    please tick off the tools or advertised softaware you don't like during installation process

    Summary

    fairly good recorder!

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