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.
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.
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.
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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Screencast-O-Matic is a free screen and webcam recorder to capture video from your computer screen and share it on Screencast-O-Matic.com, YouTube, or save to a video file. Upgrade to Pro Features and get much more.
What's new in this version:
Version 2.0. New simplified recorder controls, faster uploads.
1. User Friendly software. Easy to operate. (5 out of 5)
2. Records in most popular mp4 - x264 format. (5 out of 5)
3. Fairly (Not so Good) quality video recording.. Clear pixels but dis-continuous frames even for 25-fps... looks like 15-fps quality for 30-fps choice (2 out of 5)
4. Option for pausing the recording.. while watching video in full screen mode..(5 ou of 5)
1. Free version has a limit of only 15-minutes max time of recording. (1 out of 5).. would be (5 out of 5) for paid version...
2. Dis-continuous frames even for 25-fps... looks like 15-fps quality for 30-fps choice overall Fairly (Not so Good) quality video recording..(2 out of 5)
3. Limited option of choosing frame size.. Only 3-options in free version (3 out of 5)
4. Takes lot of time in publishing..saving video. (2 out of 5)
In nut shell, I just deleted the free version of software from my desktop.. Its GOOD FOR NOTHING!!!
Updated on Jul 24, 2015
Cons: In free version, it records in Mono Audio. Its Irritating.. Why not provide stereo audio recording option in free version too..
The frame rate of v2 is better than previous versions (v1.4 was 10 fps, v2 is 25 fps). This program is very easy to use.
The actual resolving of v2 is worse than previous versions. While MediaInfo reports that the video from v2 on my system is 1920 x 1080, it has the appearance of an enlarged 480 x 270 video - EXTREMELY blocky.
Previous versions allowed sizing the capture area of the screen, while v2 only has predefined window sizes.
It's free, and as far as I can tell there has an indefinite "trial period." When all is said and done, though, when it comes time for me to spend my money... I'll probably go with Fraps.