17 Screencasting Tools for Successful Virtual Training

Alyssa Gregory
Alyssa Gregory

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:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Screencasting Tools for Virtual Training

What are the key features to look for in a screencasting tool for virtual training?

When choosing a screencasting tool for virtual training, there are several key features to consider. Firstly, the tool should offer high-quality video and audio recording to ensure clear and professional training content. Secondly, it should provide editing capabilities to allow for the removal of mistakes or unnecessary parts, and to add annotations or highlights where needed. Thirdly, the tool should be user-friendly, with an intuitive interface that makes it easy to navigate and use, even for beginners. Lastly, it should offer options for sharing or exporting the videos in various formats and on different platforms.

Are there free screencasting tools available for virtual training?

Yes, there are several free screencasting tools available that can be used for virtual training. These include OBS Studio, Screencast-O-Matic, and ScreenRec. While these tools may not offer as many features as paid versions, they can still be effective for creating basic training videos. However, it’s important to note that free versions may have limitations such as watermarks on videos, limited recording time, or fewer editing options.

How can I make my screencast training videos more engaging?

There are several ways to make your screencast training videos more engaging. One way is to use a script to ensure your content is clear, concise, and well-structured. You can also use visuals such as diagrams, charts, or animations to illustrate your points. Additionally, incorporating interactive elements such as quizzes or polls can help to keep viewers engaged and reinforce learning. Lastly, using a conversational tone and injecting some humor can make your videos more enjoyable to watch.

Can I use screencasting tools on different operating systems?

Most screencasting tools are compatible with multiple operating systems, including Windows, Mac, and Linux. However, it’s always a good idea to check the system requirements of a tool before downloading or purchasing it to ensure it will work on your computer.

How can I share my screencast training videos with my team or students?

Most screencasting tools offer various options for sharing your videos. You can usually export your videos in different formats, such as MP4, AVI, or MOV, which can then be uploaded to video sharing platforms like YouTube or Vimeo. Some tools also offer direct sharing options to social media platforms or via email. Additionally, you can use cloud storage services like Google Drive or Dropbox to share your videos.

Can I use screencasting tools to record live training sessions?

Yes, many screencasting tools allow you to record live training sessions. This can be particularly useful for virtual training, as it allows participants who were unable to attend the live session to watch the recording at a later time. It also provides a resource for attendees to refer back to if they need to review the material.

What are the benefits of using screencasting tools for virtual training?

Screencasting tools offer several benefits for virtual training. They allow trainers to create professional-quality videos that can be watched at any time and from anywhere, making training more accessible and flexible. They also enable trainers to demonstrate complex processes or concepts visually, which can enhance understanding and retention. Additionally, screencasting tools can save time and resources by eliminating the need for in-person training sessions.

Can I use screencasting tools to create interactive training videos?

Some advanced screencasting tools offer features that allow you to create interactive training videos. These may include options for adding quizzes, surveys, or clickable links within the video. This can help to engage viewers and reinforce learning.

How can I ensure good audio quality in my screencast training videos?

Good audio quality is crucial for effective screencast training videos. To ensure this, you can use a good quality microphone and record in a quiet environment to minimize background noise. Some screencasting tools also offer noise reduction features or the ability to edit the audio separately from the video.

Can I use screencasting tools to record video calls or webinars?

Yes, many screencasting tools allow you to record video calls or webinars. This can be useful for creating training materials from live discussions or presentations. However, it’s important to ensure you have the necessary permissions to record and share these sessions.