oCam

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.4
out of 29 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    45.0
  • Total Downloads:
    60,718
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 24, 2014
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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OhSoft's oCam is a freeware screen capture utility that packs its own codecs, including hi-fi audio codecs from the open-source LAME project, for real-time recording of onscreen video and system sounds. As with similar tools, oCam also takes screenshots, including full-screen, windows, or selected areas. It captures cursor motion and other onscreen activity, too, and it supports large recordings of up to 4GB. Among other upgrades, the latest release of oCam, v13, adds Flash video codecs, improved scheduling of recordings, and better real-time audio encoding. It's compatible with Windows versions XP to 8, including Server 2008.

With a gadget-like user interface and separate selection window, oCam's draggable, two-part user interface is small enough to sit in a corner of your desktop yet large enough to be easy to spot when you need it. Seven buttons in a row access all of oCam's features and options: "Record," "Capture," "Resize," "Open," "Options," "Codec," and "Info." If you've ever used a screen capture tool before, nearly all of oCam's controls will be familiar, as will be the procedure: For example, to capture a section of our desktop, we dragged oCam's green-bordered, transparent selection window over the area in question and pressed "Record." The program recorded all screen activity in the selection box, which for our purposes consisted of some quick mousing. Pressing "Stop" saved the video in the format and destination we selected in the Options sheet. Likewise, pressing "Capture" took a snapshot of the selected area. The "Resize" button selects preset capture areas -- a handy feature for standardizing images.

We noted that nearly all of oCam's controls will be familiar to most users. The single (and notable) exception is the Codecs button. Pressing it calls up a menu of installed audio and video codecs, including LAME. We just had to select the codec we wanted on the menu, and oCam did the rest. Dedicated codecs mean oCam can record high-quality audio or video no matter what codecs your system or media player is using. It's definitely worth a look.

 
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User Reviews
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Results 1–10 of 29

1 stars

"Used to be good."

December 27, 2014  |  By robertsaint

 |  Version: oCam 45.0

Pros

Produced good quality mp4

Cons

Now has adverts downloading to user interface while in use.

Summary

Gone forever-Tragic.

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1 stars

"Great program ruined by spyware"

May 26, 2014  |  By anagrammar

 |  Version: oCam 22.0

Pros

If you don't mind being spied on, this program works well and is easy to use.

Cons

See the review by "CPU-MD". They got it right. If you block this program's ability to "phone home" it won't even open. If you decide you don't care be careful to un-check the browser hijacker they try to sneak in right at the end of the installation.

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1 stars

"Worked great until the latest update"

March 24, 2014  |  By AZTLAN312

 |  Version: oCam 21.0

Pros

Free
Easy to use

Cons

Update basically ruined the program completely. You are now presented with in app ads which where NOT there before and the sound does not work. I've used this on a Windows XP machine and a Win7 now for the last two years and this is the first time I've had to deal with this. I don't like, wait let me correct that, I HATE programs and apps that push ads through the same app or program. I don't use any application that uses those means to make an app free. Its a perfect way to get malware and spyware. Another thing that I noticed with the update installer is that it now changes your home page to something else, even though it does provide a box to un-check and keep the app from changing your home page, it is very small and the average user will likely miss it and be met with a surprise next time they open a browser!

Summary

Not what it used to be, not by a LONG shot. I despise applications that shove ads to your face by doing in app ads. I could deal with a little hickup with the updates and I can use other programs in the mean time, I Picked this one because of its ease of use but now I'm done. I'm uninstalling and will look back some time in the distant future to see if its fixed although its unlikely I'll ever use it again.

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1 stars

"Can't Find Common Files Directory (Windows 8.1)"

February 20, 2014  |  By PC_Hamster

 |  Version: oCam 18.5

Pros

Don't know. Can't Get It To Install.

Cons

Can't Get It To Install is one

Summary

HOW IS IT a program is developed A YEAR AFTER THE WINDOWS 8 ROLLOUT (And SEVERAL years after the rollout of Windows 7) that some companies & developers STILL don't know that 64 Bit operating systems have THEIR OWN directories for PROGRAM FILES & COMMON FILES & ITS ALL DIFFERENT ???

Is it these people just don't bother to learn ?? Or do they somehow think THE WORLD is THEIR SCIENCE LAB RAT ?? Maybe it's BOTH ???

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1 stars

"Malware in disguise"

January 11, 2014  |  By Dusk13

 |  Version: oCam 16.0

Pros

easy to use, light interface

Cons

It installed some really nasty malware that bogged my pc down by constantly downloading spyware. eventually it started crashing my system.

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2 stars

"Great Program for Video Capture almost! See the summary"

January 08, 2014  |  By CPU-MD

 |  Version: oCam 16.0

Pros

Quick to install and use
Easy to start capturing screen activity or video on screen
Its Free

Cons

Every time you launch the program it "Phones Home"
If you do not have a network connection it will not work.
If you block traffic to and from OHSOFT.NET it detects that and will not run.

Summary

I downloaded version 13 and had it running on my Windows 8 box just fine for months. I have now upgraded to my computer to Windows 8.1 and today when I went to use it OCam, it forced a download of version 16 that crashed multiple times. It now no longer runs as it is triggering windows security alerts (maybe due to the software phoning home) or is it spying on you? Don't believe me? On a your Windows computer edit your "%windir%\system32\drivers\etc\hosts" file and set ohsoft.net to resolve to localhost (Add a line at the bottom of the file with "127.0.0.1 ohsoft.net") and try to run the program. It pops up a message once or twice, telling you "Windows Hosts file tampering detected" and exits the program. I would have given this five stars but now it only deserves 2. Its a great video capture program but if you can't trust what else it is capturing...

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5 stars

"Fab freeware better than many pricey competitors."

January 08, 2014  |  By GATOR-HATER

 |  Version: oCam 16.0

Pros

Very sharp recording. I ran this on action scenes and oCam
produced a recording free of blurs with excellent color. Could not
buy better. And the video was instantly produced, just stop the
recording and bam! you have your video. It also offers an
adjustable capture area as well as many different codecs so you
should a find a working codec for virtually any purpose.

Cons

oCam does not offer a pause button.

Some have noted oCam does not offer an editing option. True, but
it does not offer itself as an editor, just a screen capture and,
at that, it's tops in my book.

Summary

I don't think oCam can be beaten for freeware. And as for screen
recorders that come with a price tag, many thanks to member
free_usa_shipping who reviewed Screencast-O-Matic Premium and
revealed even though (s)he had paid for Screencast-O-Matic (s)he
had discontinued using it in favor of oCam.

Try oCam before you buy another screen recorder. This fine bit of
freeware probably has everything you need.

And sincere thanks to Oh!Soft.

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5 stars

"Excellent screen video recording"

December 31, 2013  |  By glebrok

 |  Version: oCam 16.0

Pros

Easy to use, easy to resize capture area to just where you want. No limit to video length (well, I think 4g, but that's way more than I need!) Small intuitive GUI, quality is excellent, just what I wanted after rtmpexplorer wouldn't work on my system and applian replay video capture couldn't find the area I wanted to record.

Cons

None. I think it tried to install a homepage or some other ad thing, but you'll almost always have that with freeware. Just uncheck boxes.

Summary

Highly recommend. And this software is not a trial, works perfectly out of the box.

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1 stars

"Good Program Gone Bad"

December 20, 2013  |  By DreamBliss

 |  Version: oCam 14.0

Pros

oCam used to be a good, clean program that has all the features you wan. Full screen recording, audio device selection and video codec selection.

Cons

Unfortunately oCam auto-updates and there is no way I know of to disable this. I could, I suppose, find the file its using for the process and replace it with a blank text document - that's a trick that has worked before, but I just don't want this on my system anymore.

Summary

I am an intermediate-advanced level computer user with experience in windows 98, 2000, XP and 7. Built my own computer, installed the operating system multiple times. I know all the tricks you need to watch for when installing new programs, and even the recent tricks you have to watch out for when uninstalling them.

When I installed oCam it was, as I remember, clean of all extra garbage. But after a recent auto-update I turned on my TV to find an install box for Freenum - some sort of game. oCam is the most likely suspect. I suspect it snuck this thing in through its auto-update. Worse I can not find the startup registry entry or service for this, or any information on it online.

So I no longer trust oCam, and have decided to throw it in the trash along with CamStudio as of version 2.7, and HyCam. I do not recommend you use any of these programs. I am making a YouTube video covering this in more detail at my YouTube channel - just look up DreamBliss or DreamBliss Flows.

NOTE TO THE WEBADMIN:
You might want to fix these forms to remember the text entered. I selected the dropdown version box below and lost everything I typed. Had to do it all over again. Very frustrating!

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3 stars

"Laggy and was just okay"

December 08, 2013  |  By YupHiThere

 |  Version: oCam 16.0

Pros

Was simple to use

Cons

NO audio for demo versoin

Summary

Yeah, not much.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 45.0
Version 45.0:
  • Update of the recording engine
  • Change points that are not recording when not selected recording device
  • Chinese and Hungarian languages Updated
  • All recording library was transferred to a x86 subfolder
  • Remove unnecessary files from the installer
  • Improvement of speed at the time of recording with built-in codec
General
Publisher Ohsoft
Publisher web site http://ohsoft.net
Release Date November 24, 2014
Date Added November 24, 2014
Version 45.0
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Capture Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows 2003, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.66MB
File Name oCam_v45.0.0.0.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 60,718
Downloads Last Week 503
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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