Screencast-O-Matic

Screencast-O-Matic

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 41 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.4
File Size:
27.28MB
Date Added:
January 27, 2013
Price:
Free; paid upgrade available
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
2,010,894
Downloads Last Week:
27,357
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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 Versions:

    3.7

    out of 41 votes

    • 5 star: 19
    • 4 star: 9
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 7
  • Current Version:

    3.7

    out of 20 votes

    • 5 star: 8
    • 4 star: 6
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 4
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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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  • 1 stars

    "Loaded with Malware"

    April 02, 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 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 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 stars

    "no sound recorded<br />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 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 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 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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