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CamStudio is a simple, easy-to-use tool for recording the activity on your desktop screen. The software comes with the essential features that you need to make your videos the way you want them. Customizable video quality options mean that you can keep the file size manageable on longer sessions, while the area selection tool lets you choose exactly which parts of the screen you want to record. You can even record a custom soundtrack for your screen capture. If you’re looking for annotation tools, you can add cursor tracking, high quality caption text or even your own Video Annotation; effectively creating and inserting a webcam movie of yourself directly into the video file.
Pros: You can choose parts of screen to record, SWF convertor included.
Cons: Lacks advanced features, basic interface, no help support.
Conclusion: While the program doesn’t include many of the features that you’d find in high-end video software, what it does include is an easy-to-use format and a brand-new effects menu. If you’re looking for a sturdy recording device, an intuitive layout and the ability to annotate videos with comments and a time stamp, then this freebie offers a decent solution to most video recording needs. The lack of an editing suite or options for splicing and dicing your film may cause issues with professional-level work, but the ability to record with sound, highlight your cursor path and automatically pan during recording sessions will prove enough for those looking for a quick and easy option for video creation.