17 Screencasting Tools for Successful Virtual Training

Yesterday, I provided a set of screencasting tips for creating great screencasts that you can use in remote training situations. Today, I’m sharing a list of tools (a mix of free and paid) that you can use to develop highly effective and professional screencasts…what do you use?

Screencasting Tools

ALLCapture

A Windows screen recording application that supports full-screen and multi-screen recording, special effects and annotations, audio import, and exporting into multiple formats. ALLCapture also includes a compression technology for producing small demos that are easy to send via email. Pricing is on a per-license basis.

ALLCapture

CamStudio

Free, open source streaming video software for Windows that allows you to record screen and audio activity on your computer and create AVI video files and export to SWF. CamStudio has an easy-to-use interface and includes a video annotation feature, custom cursors and selected screen region recording.

CamStudio

Camtasia Studio

TechSmith’s screencasting software for Windows allows you to capture anything on your screen, record audio or add in narration later, display your webcam, and make annotations. Camtasia also integrates directly with PowerPoint and exports into compact file sizes with TechSmith’s compression technology into a handful of formats. It’s available on a fee-per-license basis. Camtasia for Mac recently launched for Apple users. TechSmith is also the maker of Jing (see below).

Camtasia

Faculte

A web-based screen recording tool that lets you capture your screen, webcam and audio to create video presentations. Your videos are stored and accessed online and include the ability to take payments and capture leads.  Fees are monthly on a per-views/per-producer basis, with a free option.

Faculte

FreeScreencast (Beta)

Free software that lets you record your screen, capture audio, control the cursor, and export to FLV format. You can then upload to FreeScreencast.com  for free hosting (no file size or resolution limits) and sharing.

Freescreencast

GoView (Beta)

Free Windows software from Citrix Online, the makers of GoToMeeting and GoToMyPC, that allows you to record video of your screen, capture audio, edit and host your videos without bandwidth limitations. Screencasts can be password protected, and downloaded/uploaded to other sites.

GoView

HyperCam 3

HyperCam 3 is a Windows screen recording utility that lets you capture data as AVI files, make on-screen notes and annotations, and select frame rate and compression quality. It’s available on a fee-per-license basis.

HyperCam

iShowU

A screen recording utility for the Mac that allows you to record screen video and audio, and includes features such as mouse capture, scaling, adjustable video quality, and multiple export options. Available on a fee-per-license basis, and there is also an HD version available.

iShowU

Jing

Free simplified screen recording software for Mac and Windows machines that allows users to quickly record videos (including audio) from a window or region on their desktop, including the mouse, scroll movements and clicks on websites or applications. You can record up to five minutes, then upload to Screencast.com (with 2GB of free space) or save it locally as a SWF file. Jing is a product of TechSmith, the makers of Camtasia Studio and Camtasia for Mac.

Jing

Pixetell

Windows software that allows you to create and share recordings of your screen, embed your webcam, and add file attachments to your recording, then export it to FLV. Pixetell also includes collaboration capabilities and secure online storage. Pricing is on a fee-per-month basis after a free trial.

Pixetell

Screen Mimic

A Mac application that allows you to create screencasts and save them as SWF, FLV, or MOV files. Features include visual mouse tracking, audio dubbing and HTML Output. It’s available on a fee-per-license basis.

Screen Mimic

Screencast-O-Matic

Free web-based tool for creating a video recording of your screen without installing anything. Features include cursor emphasis (increased size and mouse clicks get highlighted with a circle) and HD recording capability. A Pro version is also available.

Screencast-O-Matic

ScreenFlow

A Mac screencast tool that provides a full list of functionality, including advanced audio editing, color correction, customizable cursors, picture-in-picture, and multiple export options. Available on a fee-per-license basis with a free trial.

ScreenFlow

ScreenJelly

A free web-based utility that lets you record your screen and audio for up to three minutes, then send it out to Twitter or in an email.

ScreenJelly

Screenr

A free web-based tool for Windows or Mac that lets you create screencasts without installing any software. Your screencast is published in high-definition Flash format, and can be shared on Twitter, YouTube or anywhere else on the web. Screenr is made by Articulate, the makers of Articulate Studio (see below).

Screenr

Screentoaster

Free web-based screen recorder that is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Screentoaster allows you to add audio and embed your webcam while recording. Your videos can be shared on Screentoaster and embedded on blogs and other websites in Flash.

Screentoaster

Webinaria

Free Windows software that allows you to create and share Flash recordings of your desktop. You can edit your recordings to add voice, text or your webcam. You can either host your recordings on your own site or with Webinaria.

Webinaria

Screencasting and Then Some…

If you’re looking for an application that does more than just screencasting and allows you to create more flexible and interactive videos for online learning, check out this bonus list of eLearning tools:

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  • Christopher Masiello

    Alyssa,
    Great roundup.
    I love Camtasia on my PC and Screencast on my Mac.Screentoaster is an acceptable free, zero-install option too.
    Thanks,
    Chris

  • Ravedesigns

    Nice article with some great tools there Alyssa – thanks!

  • ciaranmg

    Camtasia is awesome, and I’m glad to see they’ve ported it to the mac. But for a handy free alternative Quicktime on Snow Leopard also does screen recordings.

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