Screencast Using Totally Free Software

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Screen casting is simply the process of recording what is happening on your desktop, at the same time putting audio on it or comments while the video is going on and uploading the video to a file sharing website like YouTube or Metacafe. This is particularly useful when you are trying to show others how to do something in Windows. It could be showing someone how to install a printer driver or how to install a certain virus protection program. There are various commercially available program that could easily make this possible, however we could also do screen casting using free open source programs without spending any amount of money.

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Applications that you will need:

Camstudio �" this is open source video streaming software that you could download from www.camstudio.org

Avidemux �" also an open source video editing and processing software which is available for download at www.avidemux.org

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Instructions

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    First you have to download Cam Studio Recorder then install it on your computer and launch it.
    Before pushing the record button you have to configure the recording options. Select Video Options, set the Compressor on Microsoft Video to 1, and leave the rest of the option untouched. You could use the slider in the bottom if you don't need a smooth video like for instance in training video.
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    Next is to configure your audio, you will find the settings under the same option menu.
    Select the source that you will be using like the microphone and set the volume if you can. You could also set this by using the Windows utility, just run a quick sound check to make sure that the audio is not to quiet.
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    Got to the option menu again, look under the Program option entry and make sure the option "Save setting on exit" is highlighted.
    Then check the option "Do not play the AVI file after it stops and just choose the place where you want your movie to be save and opt for a program to ask you for a file name under the Name of AVI file option.
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    Finally make sure the Region option is set to Full Screen and that automatically Stop Recording option is turned off.
    After this you are now ready to start capturing your screen. Be aware that the resulting video can get very big very quickly. Approximately 1 GB for 7 minutes of a 1080p screen (which is a High Definition video).
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    Now is to time to do the actual recording of the video you want to create.
    Just hit the record button and your window in the right places, making sure that everything is good to go. Don't worry for the any unwanted screen actions that will be included in your video as this is easily edited after making the video.
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    The next step is to review your recorded video on Windows Movie Maker for basic editing and cropping of your video at the start and the end of your recording.
    You could begin by determining where you want your recording to start. Take extra precaution as where your audio starts as well.
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    After you have cropped your video, you should save it in a more storage-friendly format.
    Select save Movie from the file menu and pick Windows 7 (1080) or (720) depending on the resolution of your screen. Save it somewhere you can easy have access to it like in your documents or your desktop and make sure the file type is set to MPEG-4/H.264 Video file and not Windows Media Video File.
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    The actual conversion of the file could take a little while depending on the speed of your computer, but once it is finished you would find that the resulting file would take about one tenth of the original size.
    It would be advisable to review your video for any lost information that you would have included in your original recording and also to check if there are any portion that you would opt to remove. If there is any of these then once again edit your recording and this time be careful on the cutting and splicing of your recording.
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    The main reason we passed the video through Movie Maker is to deal with format incompatibilities in Avidemux.
    However if you want to do more than simply cut off the beginning and ending in your movie, then it is worth working with Avidemux. This is a free program that you can download. Just Google the download link and you are good to go. If Avidemux crashes when you try playing your video, go to the Preference screen from the Edit menu and select Default Raster for the Video display method under the Video tab is a known issue but easily resolvable.
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    One of the best features offered by Avidemux is its support for filters.
    These filters provide different ways of changing your video, from cropping to removing certain noise to swapping of colors and also adding subtitle. You can do all of these by opening the Filter screen from the Video menu and highlight the transform group on the left hand panel.
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    If you want to crop some portion of your movie screen you can do this by entering values in the left, right, top and bottom boxes and the area to be cropped out will be colored green .
    You can check this by dragging the timeline just above the video image just to make sure that you have got it right where you want it to be cropped.
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    Finally set the video format for your video under the video Output option to MPEG-4 AVC (x264) and configure the Encoding mode to be Average Bit rate (Two Pass).
    Set the Output to MP3 and then hit the Save Video button to create your edited, cropped movie. Now it is ready to be uploaded to your favorite video sharing website.
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Use Jing for image and video capture

If you have modest requirements for a screen capture software and you only do screen casts for quick ( as in 5-minute quick) informal visual communication rather than elaborate and professional-looking presentations for corporate functions, then Jing might just be your cup of tea.

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Whether you want to create a quick video to guide your sister on how to deactivate her social media account or walk your new employee through the features of your businesses' software, Jing allows you to get your message across effectively and in a no-frills way. Jing is an easy-to-use screen capture tool with a tiny appetite. And best of all, it's free.

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General Instructions

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    Download Jing.
    You can download Jing for free through this link: http://www.techsmith.com/download/jing/ Jing is available for Windows and Mac operating systems. Choose the appropriate Jing version for your platform.
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    Install Jing.
    Open the downloaded Jing installer. Upon successful installation, a "sun" icon will display at the upper right corner or at the center of your computer screen. This widget allows you to summon Jing's tools conveniently in an instant.
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    Click the "sun" icon or right-click on the Jing icon on the taskbar and click "Capture".
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    Outline the specific part of the screen you want to capture.
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For Image Capture

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    Click the "Capture Image" button at the bottom left portion of the screen.
    This will bring the outlined area to the Jing window wherein you can further perform image annotation functions.
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    Use the tools on the toolbar located at left side of the Jing window to annotate your captured image.
    The toolbar includes an arrow tool, a text tool, rectangle tool, a highlight tool and a color tool.
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    Save your image.
    After capturing and annotating you can now save the final image to your hard drive as a PNG file. Jing does not save to other image formats such as JPEG or GIF.
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    Share your captured image to Screencast.
    Aside from allowing you to save your image locally to your computer's file system, Jing also gives you an option to publish and share your captured image online via Screencast -- a popular website for screen cast and screen capture cloud storage and sharing. All you need is to sign up for a Screencast account. And yes, that also comes free of charge. Here is an example of an image captured and annotated using Jing and shared via Screencast: http://screencast.com/t/kuwdt0M6d
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For Video Capture

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    Click the "Capture Video" button at the bottom left portion of the screen.
    Jing will start a 3-second countdown to signify that the screen recording process will now begin. Anything that is visible in the selected area will be captured. The recording process can be halted by clicking the Stop or Pause button; or when the 5-minute limit is reached.
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    Preview your Screencast.
    After the video is captured, a preview screen is displayed to allow you to review your captured video. You must have Flash Player installed in order for the preview video to play.
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    Save your Screencast.
    If you are satisfied with the screencast output, you can now save it to your local file system by clicking the Save button at the bottom left of the Jing window. Your screencast will be saved in SWF format so be sure to have a media player that supports playing such. Alternatively, you can drag and drop your SWF file to your web browser and play it there.
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    Share your screencast to Screencast.
    Aside from allowing you to save your screencast locally to your computer's file system, Jing also gives you an option to publish and share it online via Screencast -- a popular website for screen cast and screen capture cloud storage and sharing. All you need is to sign up for a Screencast account. And yes, that also comes free of charge. Here is an example of a screencast made on Jing and shared via Screencast: http://screencast.com/t/qKIWGnHJV
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