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.
Record desktop motion and sound/Micro voice into AVI for presentation/demo/tutorial or for share Capable of synchronizing recorded video and audio Support screen annotation Record any sound from PC or Micro into MP3 Capable of capturing camera video and audio Very easy to use with simple configurations Multi-language user interfaces.
Simple screen recorder takes only a few minutes to learn.
Produces good results.
Records Desktop Video (your computer screen), or Webcam Vide with Sound, or Desktop Video with Sound (uses the microphone of your webcam).
Also records your mouse pointer movement on the screen.
Can record video (and sound) from your webcam if you desire.
Like most free software, they include some extra stuff such as toolbars or advertising stuff which i don't want. To avoid the unwanted extras be sure to choos "Custom" on the install screen. Then un-check the box beside any extra stuff they offer to install.
If you just zip through the install screens and allow "Standard" installation you'll get extra software you probably don't want. These days nearly all free software comes with these optional add-ons, but you can avoid installing them.
Have used SMRecorder several times now to make a video tutorial to show a friend how to do something on their computer. You can talk while recording your screen activity, thus making it easy to walk someone through the steps of doing this or that.
On our PC which has an Intel Core i3 processor (cpu) i'm able to maximum quality/maximum frames-per-second which gives the smoothest result.
On our older laptop (Intel dual-core but much less powerful than our PC) i reduced the quality and frames-per-second settings a little and still got very good clear results. i found that 15 or 20 frames-per-second is enough to see everything clearly.
With a little practice you can add on-screen notes or annotation, as the like to call it. If you don't want to record your voice while recording the video then using on-screen notes is a good alternative to describe the steps you're doing.
Overall, this is a great free program that many will find useful. If you are willing to spend $50 to $100 you can get much fancier screen recording software with super HD quality, hardware acceleration, and many other fancy features. But, for simple straightforward screen recording or webcam recording you'll find SMRecorder does the job well.
One acquaintance uses this software to record his video blog on Youtube and it's good quality. He just needed to get good lighting (he sits in front of a window), non-shiny background (he pinned a light blue bedsheet on the wall), and minimize the echo on his voice (he sat closer to the webcam).
None unless you like your computer destroyed by malicious software.
Everything. After installing this software my Webroot AV went nuts. I was logged onto some websites and I instantly got a boatload of pop-ups telling me I have a virus and I need to click some link to remove it. Webroot ran and found 23 threats.
CNet should be more responsible and diligent when making software available for download. For a company as respected as CNet is, it is pretty absurd that they would expose people to having their computers damaged or destroyed like this.
The software is actually completely free of malware; it's CNet's downloader that causes the malware. If you install anything from CNet you have to make sure you uncheck the third-party installers if you don't want that to happen.