Screencast-O-Matic

Screencast-O-Matic

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 48 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.4
  • Total Downloads:
    2,476,340
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 27, 2013
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available
  • File Size:
    27.28MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    30,813
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Screencast-O-Matic is a handy tool for recording screenshots and sharing them with friends or colleagues for a number of different purposes. With just a few clicks, you can start recording your screen, and once you're satisfied with your video, you can upload it directly from there.

Pros

Straightforward mechanics: To start a recording, all you have to do is open the program, position the recording window, and press Play or the activating hot key. And when your recording is complete, just hit Done on the small control bar located below the bottom margin of the recording window. You can also Pause in the middle of a recording and then resume using these controls.

Direct publishing options: When you finish a recording, you'll automatically be taken to a preview screen where you can watch your recording and see what you think. If you're satisfied, there are several saving and publishing options listed along the right-hand side of the screen. For instance, you can upload your video directly to YouTube or to the Screencast-O-Matic website, or you can save it as a video file to your computer in either MP4, AVI, FLV, or GIF format.

Cons

Mouse circle: When you record, the program automatically places a yellow circle around the mouse as it moves around the screen. This can be convenient in some instances to help viewers keep track of the cursor, but the fact that you can't turn it off is a little frustrating at times.

Full-screen recording: There is no option to do a direct full-screen recording through this app. You can stretch the capture window so that it covers the entire screen, but sometimes that means that the Control Bar is off the screen and inaccessible, which isn't ideal.

Bottom Line

Screencast-O-Matic is a handy utility, and its free version only has a few limitations. The straightforward mechanics make it a snap to use for even the least computer-savvy, and direct publishing options give you a great way to share anything you need with friends and colleagues. The Pro version removes a small watermark on published videos and enables editing tools. It costs $15 per year.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Works perfectly."

December 21, 2014  |  By MarisSteely

 |  Version: Screencast-O-Matic 1.4

Pros

Very good and efficient

Cons

Well done. no cons

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5 stars

"A software worth having."

December 17, 2014  |  By BitterDienst

 |  Version: Screencast-O-Matic 1.4

Pros

I would highly recommend this software.

Cons

Still looking

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5 stars

"Great tool, no nagging appearance."

November 05, 2014  |  By nodushood

 |  Version: Screencast-O-Matic 1.4

Pros

Works perfectly.

Cons

I can honestly say none.

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5 stars

"very very, good excellent"

November 03, 2014  |  By worldpatr

 |  Version: Screencast-O-Matic 1.4

Pros

easy and effective product

Cons

I have no cons on this program

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5 stars

"Simple and efficient"

October 30, 2014  |  By AbeggMonserrat

 |  Version: Screencast-O-Matic 1.4

Pros

Simple and efficient

Cons

Still searching for any!

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5 stars

"Used the program for over a year with no problems."

October 15, 2014  |  By EckhardMays

 |  Version: Screencast-O-Matic 1.4

Pros

Been using for long time now and no trouble at all.

Cons

I do not have any problem with it

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5 stars

"I enjoyed using this program."

October 10, 2014  |  By WunPac23

 |  Version: Screencast-O-Matic 1.4

Pros

I enjoyed using this program.

Cons

None, does what i want

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5 stars

"Excellent except one little bug"

August 28, 2014  |  By kodemagd

 |  Version: Screencast-O-Matic 1.4

Pros

Excellent, does everything I need except what I've written in the "Cons" box, but that is just a little detail.

Cons

When I record I want to record my entire screen except the taskbar, which it does.

But then it has the start/stop control that is sometimes superimposed over the Windows Start button (no problem, this is what I want) and sometimes the start/stop control is underneath the Windows Start button.

So you can't start or stop screencast-o-matic because you can't get to the button.

Summary

Very good software, the con I listed is just a small detail.

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4 stars

"It is better than the paid program I have"

June 20, 2014  |  By artifactsofmars

 |  Version: Screencast-O-Matic 1.4

Pros

The recording is clean and the sound is great. The free version is easy to use. The watermark is only a minor aggravation.

Cons

There is an annoying circle around the cursor any time you move it, and a pulsing blue ball around it when you don't.

Summary

OK for a free program. I believe I will find it useful once I get used to it. I have a paid program and it does not work as well.

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3 stars

"Works OK so far"

May 23, 2014  |  By Munith

 |  Version: Screencast-O-Matic 1.4

Pros

Pro is fairly easy to learn. Good tutorial videos. Allows "scripts" where you record a portion of the audio, then go back and fill in video. That's very useful for making training videos.

Cons

CNET sponsors a download button on Screencast's website that downloads a program installer along with malware. Included was a piece of garbage called Trovi Search, which took me 3 hours to remove. I guess ethics have become so rock-bottom low among U.S. software companies that it is now perfectly acceptable to put a poison pill in their customers' new software.

Summary

I'll reserve judgement until I finish my first project and post it on Youtube.

Updated on May 31, 2014

Update a week later.
I finished my first video and put it on YouTube. Generally the program worked as it should, with few glitches, although I admit I didn't try to use the most advanced features. The only issue was when I tried to use closed captioning. I typed in the whole script, but when I tried to use CC on YouTube, it displayed the same sentence continuously.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.4
Version 1.4 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher Screencast-O-Matic
Publisher web site http://Screencast-O-Matic.com
Release Date June 01, 2012
Date Added January 27, 2013
Version 1.4
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Capture Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 8, Windows XP, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 27.28MB
File Name InstallScreencastOMatic-v1.4.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 2,476,340
Downloads Last Week 30,813
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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