CamStudio is a free application that allows to record the screen of your computer - including the cursor. This feature proves useful when you want to record a tutorial for using e.g. a program, or when you want to create a presentation. CamStudio can save the outcome in popular AVI format, as well as directly in Flash (SWF) helping you to produce a recording suitable for Internet services such as YouTube - quite fast.
The program offers a few recording modes that vary in the area of the screen they record. You can choose among:
- Region - in this mode each time you click on Record button you choose the area of the screen with your mouse
- Fixed region - in this mode you can set a fixed region, so when you press Record CamStudio starts recording automatically
- Window - you can choose a certain window in this mode and the rest of the screen will not be recorded
- Fullscreen - whole screen is recorded in this mode, including the toolbar
CamStudio has a number of additional features that allow you to personalise your features. For example, you can change the shape of the cursor or highlight it in the recording - this proves useful when you present certain elements in your tutorial and you don't want the viewers to get lost.
Yet another useful feature is adding notes - information about your operating system and the time of recording can be saved in it. To keep your intellectual property safe and sound you can add a watermark.
When it comes to recording sound you are given a choice - the program either records all the sounds from the computer or only those that come from the microphone.
The program is free for both home and commercial use.