I want to make a screencast – which software should I use?

Filming your entire desktop screen or a single window of your browser is something that you might want to do from time to time -either for recording a “Let’s play”-video or a tutorial for your YouTube-Channel, or for reporting a bug. For producing these “screencasts”, there are several diffenrent pieces of software on the market.

Many people recommend¬†Camtasia, which is not only a screen recorder, but also a video editor. You can work professionally with it – but the downside is the fact that you have to pay. A free alternative form the open source world is CamStudio, which I used to produce some tutorials on my Vimeo-Channel.¬†Another great solution is Screencastify¬†(pictured above): It’s a plugin for Google’s browser Chrome. You don’t even need to install software – instead, you just install the plugin and immediately start recording; the videos are either saved to your local hard drive or your Google Drive. the basic version is free, but you have to pay a one-time-fee of 20 euros if you want your video to last longer than 10 minutes.

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