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CamStudio

NEW VERSION 2.7 / 2.7.2

NO LONGER DEVELOPED
CamStudio records all screen activity into the standard AVI (Audio Video Interleave) format which can be played back with Windows Media Player.

Free software
OS: Win
File size: 11MB
Portable version
Old versions
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8.2/10
15 votes
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Latest version

2.7 / 2.7.2 (October 26, 2013)



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Download CamStudio 2.7  11MB  Win




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Software License

Free software / FOSS (Free download and also Free and Open Source Software)



Supported operating systems

WinWindows




Version history / Release notes / Changelog


2.7 r316

Added warning to Video Options > Capture rate informing of CPU/filesize increase

Added a warning dialog when "Locking" checkbox deselected.

Amended Installer to automatically detect and download VC++ 2010 dependencies from Microsoft if needed
and added OpenCandy advertising-during-install function
2.7 r314

Made Auto Adjust enabled by default with a new second checkbox (also enabled by default) above the slider bar locking the Capture Frame rate and Playback rate to only factors of 1000.

Also made Key Frame rate independant of Auto Adjust for finer control.
2.7 r312

Addition of update available notification box

Alter default save location from 'Use Windows Temporary Directory' to 'Use Application Installed Diretory'
CAMSTUDIO NOW SAVES TO 'VIDEOS' FOLDER IN THE APPLICATION INSTALLED DIRECTORY AS DEFAULT.

Removed link to CamStudio Blog from Help menu

=== UPDATED CAMSTUDIO TO 2.7 ===

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15 reviews, Showing 1 to 5 reviews


I discovered that even the zip version puts some little files "loose" (not in a directory) in my "C:\Documents and Settings\...\Application Data" directory.

I don't like this behavior. This version is gone from my computers. I'll stick with good old 2.0.


Review by jgg on Oct 26, 2013 Version: 2.7.2 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 8/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 2/10




As a follow-up, I've just set up build 316 on my 64-bit Win 7 machine.

The first problem was that the program wouldn't start until I installed a 2010 distribution of Windows C++. I did a bit of research first and found that - for some reason - it only works if you install the 32-bit version from the Microsoft website.

Anyway, after installing the C++, it started as expected. One thing I forgot to mention in my previous post is that you immediately get a "missing CamSudio.cfg. file" error with this version (it's a known bug that's apparently been fixed in the newest version), but you can just click it away.

I repeated pretty much the same test as on the XP computer, and it worked fine, too, though - again - the avi file is really big: over 450mb for 19 sec at about 75% of the total monitor size (21-inch monitor).

I found one thing very objectionable: As mentioned, I'm using a zip version, so I merely copied the entire directory from my Win XP machine (32 bit) to the 64-bit Win 7 machine. For some reason, every time I start the program on the Win 7 machine, I get a message that a newer version is available. This doesn't happen on the XP machine.

I looked around in the menus, but I wasn't able to find anywhere to tell the program not to check for updates.

For this reason, I've decided to get rid of the program on my Win 7 machine. If I desperately need to make a screen movie, I've still got good old v.2.0.



Review by jgg on Oct 24, 2013 Version: 2.7.2 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 5/10 Functionality: 8/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 5/10




I've used version 2.0 for a long time, but I decided to give the new version a try.

I didn't like the "adware" concept, so I went to the forum on the developer's site to see what types of comments had been made.

I then came across the fact that there's a recent build (2.7.2 r316, whereas the newest is 326) which is available in zip format, and I went for it right away. You can get it here.
http://screencasttutorial.org/Release_r316.zip

There was no adware at all. The quick test I did worked OK. It was about 50 seconds and saved in avi format. I got some stuff off my desktop, but then I went to YouTube and was actually able to record the video with no trouble at all. I set CamStudio to record from my mike, and the end quality was really pretty good.

The only "problem" was that the output file was HUGE! -> over 1gb for 50 seconds!!!! However, I then converted it to mp4 with WinFF, and it got it down to about 2mb - what a difference. There must be a ton of redundancy in the avi movie because the subjective impression of the mp4 version looked every bit as good as the giant avi version.

Then, just for the heck of it, I decided to take a look at the very latest version (build r326). To make a long story short, the only "extra" it asked to install was - I think - Opera, but it was clearly marked, and I simply clicked "no thanks" or whatever it said.

The installation worked fine on my 32-bit win XP machine. The brief test I did didn't work, though. I basically attempted to do what I had described above, but I used the mp4 option. For some reason, it didn't work; I got the error message that the conversion module couldn't be launched. To be honest, I didn't care to find out why not and simply uninstalled the program - a process that was both fast and, as far as I can see, clean. I haven't run CCleaner yet, but I'll be interested to see if any junk was left.

Final verdict: I'm going to keep the 316 build on my computer and plan to try it on my 64-bit Win 7 machine, too.

I don't use screen capture very often, but this tool seems handy to have. The old 2.0 works OK, but the quality of the video in the newer version was better. As for the internal mp4 capability, I don't really need it. There are enough conversion tools around.


Review by jgg on Oct 23, 2013 Version: 2.7.2 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10




The installer stalls at 93%. What junk is this?

Review by pepegot1 on Feb 4, 2013 Version: 2.7 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 1/10 Functionality: 1/10 Value for money: 1/10 Overall: 1/10




Version 2.6 has been removed from my computer and I will stay with version 2.0 for now. It is a good program. Problems V 2.6 only: User defined directory to save file does not work. It saves it to the program files directory-not a good thing.

Review by pepegot1 on Jul 24, 2010 Version: 2.6 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 7/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 8/10


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