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The commercial software is much more full-featured, is more frequently updated, and has more output and editing options. But some of the free software can produce excellent quality screencasts. Most of the commercial programs have free limited-time version demos.

Free Software (Online)

  • Screenr: Java-based. “Instant screencasts for Twitter.” 5 minute limit.
  • Screencast-o-Matic: Java-based program recorder with free hosting. 15 minute limit. Pro version for $12/year includes editing and more.
  • ScreenCastle: Java-based screencast record; no account needed; no ability to delete hosted screencasts

Free Software (Download)

  • Wink 2.0: Records motion and sound (Windows and Linux)
  • Jing: From Techsmith, screencasts hosted at (Windows, Mac). 5 minute limit. Pro version retired.
  • Webinaria: Records motion and sound and includes hosting (Windows)
  • CamStudio: Flash output may not work in Firefox (Windows)

For Windows (Typically XP, 2000, Vista, and 7)

Apple Mac OS X


Defunct Free Software (Online)

  • Screenjelly: Java-based, limit to 3 minutes. Defunct as of May 2011.
  • ScreenToaster: Java-based screencast record with the ability to add subtitles at the bottom of the screencast [Intermittent access in late 2010. Defunct in Feb. 2011.]

For more links to screencasting software see the Wikipedia List of Screencasting Software article. And see also my Screen Shot Software page for related software.

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