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oCam

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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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    "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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