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    Free Streaming Video Software

    CamStudio (http://camstudio.org/) is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files and using its built-in SWF Producer can turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs) . This article gives tips on the four main features of camstudio....its great!




    1) Regions




    CamStudio allows you several different options when it comes to the region of your screen being recorded. Choose “Region” from the Region dropdown menu and upon clicking Record, you will be able to draw out the square area you would like to see recorded. Choose “Fixed Region” and you will be able to enter numbers indicating possition and size of the desired screen recording area. Choose “Full Screen” and the whole screen will be recorded.


    You also have the option to turn on autopan which will allow the recording area to follow the cursor around.





    This will allow you to record a smaller screen area, effectively zooming in on what you’re working on, and still be able to use the whole screen.

    2) Cursors




    One difficulty that arises while creating screencasts is the difficulty to see the mouse cursor. CamStudio offers some options to combat this issue.





    As you can see in the screenshot above, you have several options such as using a different cursor, highlighting the cursor, and even hiding the cursor altogether.

    3) Audio




    There are several options with this free screencasting tool when it comes to the audio. If you are planning on adding some kind of audio later on, you can choose to not record any audio. However, you can also chose to either record your voice through the microphone or record the sound coming through your computer.

    4) Screen annotations




    CamStudio also gives you the ability to add screen annotations, little memos, speech balloons, arrows, etc. that can be added to a screencast to bring attention to areas of the screen. Creating the annotations is quite simple but there is a bit of a trick to adding them to the screencast. Don’t worry, we’ll go through it to make sure it isn’t all that difficult.





    Find the screen annotations option under the tools menu. Choose something from the list and double-click it. Right-clicking on the balloon, cloud, etc. will also give you some needed options such as edit text, edit image, edit transparency and resize. There are also options to save and clone the annotation. Unless you want to mess around creating these things in the middle of the recording, you may want to save them for quicker access.


    If you want to add the annotation to your screencast, simply pause the recording, go to the annotation you saved, place it where you want it, and continue recording until you want it to disappear.


    So where can I get it and how much does it cost?



    You can download and use it completely FREE completely 100% free for personal and commercial projects.
    CamStudio and the Codec are released under the GPL (for more details on this license, click here.)
    There are no royalties or any monies to pay
    Download Links

    CamStudio: CamStudio20.exe



    To manually install the codec, download the zipfile version, extract the contents to a folder, right click the camcodec.inf file and select Install.


    Or simply download the EXE version and double click it to begin the install process.


    Here is the project page on SourceForge where you can download the files if the above links don't work:
    CamStudio on SourceForge: http://sourceforge.net/projects/camstudio/
    Not sure how to download CamStudio from Sourceforge? Click here to watch a video or you can download the video from here.