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Screencast-O-Matic

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Free screenshot tools are fun to try because they come in so many varieties, and because they're free, you can try as many as you want. Screencast-O-Matic captures screen and Webcam video and saves it or posts it online on YouTube or the program's Web site. With a well-designed interface and simple operation, it's a contender. The freeware version uses a nag screen (it's really more of a nag box) and places an output watermark, and it limits recording to 15 minutes.

Screencast-O-Matic's user interface is quite unique, and pretty cool, too. It's a dotted-line selection frame you can drag to resize and reshape. The media player-style toolbar is simple yet superbly executed, with clear icons and displays that need no labels. SOM is totally easy to use, too. You can use the manual controls, but the message box in the center of the selection area had a better idea: one hot-key combo, Alt+P, starts recording video after a 3-second onscreen countdown, and pauses it again when you want to stop recording temporarily. If you click Done, you're taken to SOM's Preview page, where you can preview your recording in quite a large window and select one of three easy options: Publish to Screencast-O-Matic, Publish to YouTube, and Publish to Video File (save). SOM saves clips in QuickTime (MP4), Windows Media File (AVI), Flash (FLV), and Animated Image (GIF) formats. The animated GIF option is great for blogs, smartphone apps, and other size-intensive animation needs. You can also choose an output size in pixels, including a Rescale option, and add Notes and Captions. Advanced options include Mouse effects and the ability to remove audio or Webcam data.

We created a quick desktop demo-style video with both mousing and typing and clicked the Video File option. We selected FLV since we wanted to try the YouTube feature and compare it with normal uploads. The free version's watermark isn't annoying, and our video turned out well. The upload options worked fine, too. And if you like Screencast-O-Matic as much as we do but don't like the watermark, it's cheap to go Pro.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.7 stars

    out of 39 votes

    • 5 star: 19
    • 4 star: 8
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 7
  • Current version:

    3.7 stars

    out of 18 votes

    • 5 star: 8
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 4
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  • 5.0 stars

    "excellent util"

    April 12, 2014  |   By ncgpdTaylor

    Version: Screencast-O-Matic 1.4

    Pros

    It will benefit you a lot.Simple programme.. Period.

    Cons

    not any that I can think right now. I can't think any

    Summary

    Must have. My favorite program together with ********. , Seriously.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Loaded with Malware"

    April 2, 2014  |   By popcornwithsam

    Version: Screencast-O-Matic 1.4

    Pros

    it's free and that's all

    Cons

    I sent my teen son to your website because I trust this website. He downloaded this product with my approval. It was bundled with "hoopla" and rockettab and browser safeguard. IMHO when you cannot exit out of a program, it is malware. Now I am going to spend my evening trying to get this crap off his computer.

    Summary

    Be careful if you download this product.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple and functional."

    February 24, 2014  |   By InvaderHazim

    Version: Screencast-O-Matic 1.4

    Pros

    It does everything you want it to do. Record video. Export video.

    Cons

    Some minor visual glitches

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  • 1.0 stars

    "This product is crap"

    January 20, 2014  |   By zigglewat

    Version: Screencast-O-Matic 1.4

    Pros

    If you can get a good version of it good but new bugs are introduced into the code stream daily. If you get a good version never ever click on "Check for updates".

    Cons

    Buggy software. Not worth a penny. It will tell you that the video has been recorded even though the video is gone and does not exist. Terrible product. Do not pay for it like I was stupid enough to do. Not worth a single penny.

    Summary

    If you use the free version then fine you get what you pay for. If you pay for it you expect much better than this lame company can offer. Software quality is abysmal. Videos gone forever because of their incompetent programmers.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "no sound recorded
    no sound recorded"

    January 12, 2014  |   By seeharmony

    Version: Screencast-O-Matic 1.4

    Pros

    easy to use

    Cons

    It didn't record the audio, so what's the point?

    Summary

    Can someone suggest a screen recorder that actually records the audio?

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Awesome Screen Recorder!!!!!"

    December 27, 2013  |   By FrostedDimension

    Version: Screencast-O-Matic 1.4

    Pros

    Fast
    Upload Videos to youtube
    Very easy to use
    Very Fast Download
    Doesn't hassle you to buy full version

    Cons

    Screen Cast O Matic Logo aka watermark
    15 minutes only
    But these things aren't so bad.

    Summary

    It was easy to use and I could record with a large Resolution.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great screen recorder!"

    December 16, 2013  |   By weegee2899

    Version: Screencast-O-Matic 1.4

    Pros

    Pro version is only 15$ a year.
    Cool to record games with.

    Cons

    Very laggy.
    Freemium version has no sound option.
    Takes a long time to save videos.

    Summary

    Great recorder!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Intuitive and great performance. And free was great"

    October 24, 2013  |   By jerome21z

    Version: Screencast-O-Matic 1.4

    Pros

    This software worked perfectly right out of the gate. I wanted to try a video screen cap program so I could do a video tutorial for my clients instead of typing out documentation. Because it was a free download I expected cheap and mediocre but it actually turned out to be perfect for what I needed. The interface was really intuitive so I just jumped in (like I do with most software). Exporting speed and quality (only used FLV) was and great for full screen high resolution. And the option to upload directly to YouTube was a good idea. If I had a reason to use it more than just this one instance, I think I'd pay for it. But like I said, the free version and 15 minute cap was enough for me.

    Cons

    The only negative in the experience was I only needed it for one use. Other than that this app is great.

    Summary

    Fantastic if you really want an easy to use, great quality video cap program.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Quick and easy."

    October 1, 2013  |   By CDLady

    Version: Screencast-O-Matic 1.4

    Pros

    User interface is simplistic.
    Download and install are a breeze.

    Cons

    No means to cut video that I could see in the free version.

    Summary

    Excellent tool for the novice.

    Updated on Oct 1, 2013

    Unwanted downloads are easily avoided if you read the prompts and click decline.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Pretty good, but..."

    September 28, 2013  |   By electromariner

    Version: Screencast-O-Matic 1.4

    Pros

    Program works well as advertised. But the video file should be stored locally on the user's PC.

    Cons

    I don't much care for the video file being stored on a distant server, even temporarily. No telling who has access to the file.

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