oCam

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 28 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    39.0
  • Total Downloads:
    54,960
  • Date Added:
    October 20, 2014
  • File Size:
    5.95MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    663
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8

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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  • 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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  • 1 stars

    "Less Than 1 Star"

    December 07, 2013   |   By NappiDugout

    Version: oCam 16.0

    Pros

    None. It does NOT work if you do not let it slow down your computer by being in the start-up menu.

    Cons

    It does NOT work if you do not let it slow down your computer by being in the start-up menu. Computer kept freezing up after download. Disabled it from the startup menu and then tried to use it. All it does is give a prompt to download the UpGrade. If it works like this then why upgrade? Upgrade to what, another upgrade prompter?

    Summary

    Felt strongly enough about it to spend 30-minutes of hassle creating an account here because I felt robbed of good moments of my life wasting them on this thing that won't do anything except freeze up a computer. Go with screen-o-cast or whatever the superior one to this one is. This is useless junk that may very well be nothing more than glorified malware disguised as a product. Now my computer is acting strange.

    Updated on Dec 7, 2013

    I decided after doing more research to delete this review because my experience wasn't typical results, but the option to delete the review is not available. Just try it for yourself. Maybe I had conflicting software problems.

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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 39.0
    Version 39.0 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
    General
    Publisher Ohsoft
    Publisher web site http://ohsoft.net
    Release Date October 18, 2014
    Date Added October 20, 2014
    Version 39.0
    Category
    Category Video Software
    Subcategory Video Capture Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows Server 2008, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 2003
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 5.95MB
    File Name oCam_v39.0.0.0.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 54,960
    Downloads Last Week 663
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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