Record A Video Of The Current Tab In Chrome With Screencastify

There are various screencast software, both free and paid, that allow users to record on-screen activity within a web browser. Screencast-O-Matic from Big Nerd Software, for instance, is a perfect example. The popular web-based app lets you create screencasts, add narration, and upload the output to Screencast-O-Matic or YouTube, or simply save it to your local drive for offline viewing. Recently, I stumbled upon Screencastify, a lightweight extension that offers similar functionality on Chrome, and found it worth sharing with our readers. The dead-simple tool enables recording screen activity within a Chrome tab or on the desktop. It also carries options for configuring screen resolution and frame rate. Read More

Mirror By Koush: AirPlay Mirroring & Screen Recorder For Android 4.4.2

Just yesterday, we wrote about CyanogenMod Screencast by Koush that allowed users of the most popular custom ROM for Android to easily record their on-screen activity in high quality, complete with sound from the phone’s microphone. The only limitation of the app was that it required the latest nightly of CyanogenMod to work, leaving users of other ROMs and stock Android out of luck. Don’t fret though; the same developer has also released another app by the name of Mirror that carries the same great screencasting functionality, and in addition, also supports mirroring your phone or tablet’s display to Apple TV or any third-party AirPlay Mirroring implementation. While not restricted to CyanogenMod, the app still requires a rooted device running Android 4.4.2, but the developer is working on adding support for Jelly Bean, and removing the root requirement. Read More

Record Your Android Screen In CM11 With CyanogenMod Screencast

While Google added native screen recording support in Android 4.4 KitKat, the feature didn’t come with any native user interface to trigger it from the phone itself; it could only be triggered by users over ADB from a computer, or by developers in their apps. The ability to record a screencast of the activity on our devices can prove to be very useful, especially when preparing tutorials and presentations or writing reviews. CyanogenMod has always been about making the most useful features a part of the custom ROM’s experience, and with the CyanogenMod 11 nightlies, that includes the ability to record your device’s on-screen activity, thanks to CyanogenMod Screencast app by Koush (the developer of the famous ClockworkMod recovery). Currently in beta, the app requires the latest CyanogenMod nightly ROM to work, but works wonderfully without a glitch. In addition to recording just the screencast, it also records voice using your device’s microphone. Read More

X-Mirage Lets You Mirror & Record Your iOS Device’s Screen On Mac Over AirPlay

AirPlay has been around since June 2004, then known as AirTunes. It allowed you to stream your music from anywhere within your house, but it was later enhanced and rebranded as AirPlay in September 2010, which allowed all media to sync across platforms. Since the introduction of the concept, third party apps have come out that allow you to stream media from your iOS device to a larger display such as your Mac, Windows and Apple TV; AirPlay servers the likes of AirFloat, AirServer and SharePort4w, to name a few. Until now, the only way to record a streaming AirPlay device was to use additional screen recording software. It was not an elegant solution. If you are interested in recording the display of an AirPlay-enabled device from your Mac, X-Mirage is an app that allows you to do exactly that, all within the click of one button.

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Create Mouse-Chasing Screencasts With Audio & Add Effects To Them

Recording on-screen activity of computer has never been a difficult task. You can download numerous free and paid apps that allow you to quickly capture or record screencasts. We have also covered plenty of such tools for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux platforms such as Screen Video Recorder, Adobe Presenter Video Express and Kazam Screencaster, among many others. The one that we're about to discuss today is a Windows screen recorder that not only lets you capture screencasts, but also allows you to overlay various filter effects on them, in addition to recording audio. Screen Recorder Free sports a decent design and effective features for capturing screencasts according to your requirements. It lets you record a selected window, a particular screen area, a specified region around the mouse cursor, or the entire screen. Read More

Adobe Presenter Video Express For Mac Lets You Capture, Combine & Upload Videos And Screencasts

We’ve reviewed a few screencasting tools for Mac, of which the free Ripcorder Screen is a favorite. Users can turn to QuickTime, a stock Mac app, that lets you create screencasts as well. New on the screencasting front is Adobe Presenter Video Express, a free Mac app from Adobe that lets you record both screencasts and videos. You can edit videos, add closed captions, and view screencasts and recordings side by side. The final project can be uploaded to both YouTube and Dropbox, though it cannot be saved to your local drive; however, if you go for Dropbox, it'll get synced to your computer anyway. Read More

Screenbird Is A Java-Based Screen Recorder With On-The-Fly ‘Do Over’ & Online Sharing

One good web app can often end the whole ‘which platform has better apps’ debate, and Screenbird is arguably one of those apps. It's a screencasting tool that runs entirely in your browser and allows you to record anything and everything on your screen. Unlike most browser-based screen recording tools, Screenbird is not restricted to recording inside the browser window. The recorded videos can be saved locally and uploaded for sharing as well. The service’s free version allows you to upload up to 150 minutes of videos to the cloud. That isn't Screenbird's best feature though; it has a 'do over' feature whereby you can select any point in a recording and re-record from that point onward. The portion of the video before that point remains intact, while the rest is overwritten. Read More

oCam Makes Capturing Screenshots & Screencasts A Snap

The use of screenshot and screencast tools has seen exponential rise during the past few years, the reason being the availability of high-speed internet in most parts of the world, allowing people to easily and swiftly share screenshots and screencasts over services like YouTube and Imgur. While we've covered a multitude of screen capturing tools in the past, only few that boast screen recording and screenshot capture under one package. oCam is one such application for Windows that's both powerful and easy to use, thanks to its simple design. It lets you overlay a capture box on your desired area of the screen, and records any on screen activity within that box. Let’s see how it works. Read More

Capture Audio & Video From Desktop Or Webcam & Stream It To Another PC

We cover a lot of screenshot and screencast utilities here to help you capture and share your on-screen activity with others. Most screencast tools are limited in the sense that they only allow you to capture the screen video, and you have to use other software to record any audio over it. Today, we're bringing you a screen recording application called Shoot Your Screen that allows you to capture video from your screen and webcam, as well as the audio feed from a built-in or external microphone. You can choose a specific screen region for capturing the video feed and stop the capture after required number of seconds. Moreover, the application allows you to stream the feed over the internet without using a third-party streaming tool. Read More

Screencast Capture Lite Is A No-Frills, Free Screen Recording Tool For Windows

We have covered a lot of screencast applications that allow you to to create good quality screencasts, and each one of those provides you with a different collection of options to choose from. Some let you change the frame rate for the screencast, while others allow you to choose different resolutions for the video. In all cases, each tool has its own positive and negative points and, it is the requirement of the users that determines which tool suits them best. If configuration options overwhelm you and you are looking for a minimalistic, no-frills screencast capturing application, take a look at Screencast Capture Lite for Windows. It is a simple application that allows you to create good-quality screencasts of the entire screen or a selected area, without confusing you with any configuration options. Keep reading past the break for further details. Read More

Record PC Screen The Simple Way With VidShot Capturer For Windows

Screencasts are video recordings of the computer screen primarily meant to help us in creating video tutorials for assisting others or demonstrating some computer activity to them. They are superior to screenshots in situations where you are trying to explain a complex step-by-step guide to perform a difficult operation, and providing screenshots of each step is not enough. Video hosting websites such as YouTube have a large collection of such screecast-based guides that help you through performing various tasks on your computer. A problem with some of the free tools that allow you to create screencasts is that they overlay a watermark in one of the corners (or worse, in the very center) of the resulting video. Today, we are bringing you a simple and completely free screencast tool called VidShot Capturer that lets you create good quality screencasts without any limitations, and does not add a watermark to them. Read More

ActivePresenter Is Probably The Best Free Screencast Tool Out There

If capturing screencasts is one of those niches that you frequently perform to create how-to guides, tutorials or other software demonstrations, then a conventional screencast tool would hardly suffice the job. What you need is something more stupendous and feature-rich, such as the Adobe Captivate or Camtasia Studio. Then again, these software solutions don’t come cheap. ActivePresenter is another alternative that you’d definitely want to give a try. Although available in Standard and Professional flavors, the Free Edition will pretty much do for most users, providing almost all the options and settings available in paid variants, with the exception of a few. ActivePresenter’s screen capturing process is not quite different from most other screencast tools that you find on the internet. However, the real fun starts in the post-production of your projects, where ActivePresenter achieves so much more than a conventional screencast utility. It’s a complete solution to capture, annotate, modify and export on-screen activity to high quality video formats. Read More

Framator: Resize Windows With Pixel Precision For Screencasts & More [Mac]

We’ve detailed Mac’s built-in screenshot capturing ability that works with Preview earlier, and no one can say that it lacks full functionality. Compared to it, the screenshot feature in Windows is almost useless, and PC users have to download a third part app to take a half-decent snapshot of their screen. Preview may have screenshot actions covered, but there are multiple other instances where you might need to sketch out pixel specific dimensions on their screen, like when creating a screencast. Framator is a free Mac app that allows you to create a frame and customize its dimensions as per your requirements. The frame can be moved around on the screen, and all icons and windows within the frame can be used normally. The app is free until the end of June, and since the functionality is rather minimal, free seems the best price to get it for. It comes with two frame presets that are ideal for submitting app screenshots to the Apple Store, so developers might be more interested in this app than the casual user. Read More

Cydia App Clone Display Recorder Comes To App Store, Lets You Create Screencasts On iPhone & iPad

iOS was the first major smartphone platform to offer native screen capture capabilities to its users. Screenshots can prove to be a useful feature in a smartphone, and might save you from a lot of trouble in a number of scenarios. However, a still image can never be as detailed and revealing as a motion and audio-incorporating video. For instance, if you just want to boast about your great Temple Run score, a screenshot of the winning moment will suffice, but what if your friends ask you to teach them the game? In the latter. you will need to create a screencast by capturing your iPhone or iPad’s display in the form of a video. Until recently, only Cydia users had the option to record their iDevice’s screen (thanks to Ryan Petrich’s Display Recorder app for jailbroken phones), but an app with the same name has been released in the App Store, and now any iOS user can create screencasts and video tutorials on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The app looks much more polished than the Cydia one, and you can add your own voice to the screencasts as well. Read More

HyperCam 2: Screencast Recorder With Audio Narration; Now Available For Free

Screenshots are a great way to give further meaning to your words. If you are trying to explain something and there is still some confusion left, an accompanying image can clear any confusion in an instant. It works as a benchmark for people following your guide, in a way that they can compare their own results with those in the screenshot. If you're creating a help manual that includes a step-by-step guide to perform a complex operation, then providing screenshot of each step is not enough. What you need is a screencast application that lets you record the screen output to help your audience follow the steps for performing the required task. Today, we have a fairly well-known screencast application called HyperCam 2 that has recently gone free. The utility lets you choose the entire screen or a selected region to record, select a video compressor, frame compression quality and custom screencast playback frame rate. That's not all; like previously featured Rylstim Screen Recorder (reviewed here), HyperCam also allows you to add audio narration to your screencasts. Details to follow after the jump. Read More

[Giveaway] Video Flow: Create Screencasts, Split/Merge & Annotate Them [Mac]

If you’re in the market for an amazing screen casting tool, look no further than Video Flow for Mac OS X. The app is a video creation and editing tool, which allows you to create screencasts, annotate them with text, and add videos or audio files to your screencast, or simply annotate existing videos that you may have downloaded or recorded yourself. The app lets you split videos, and also supports video-in-video frame sets (whereby you can start a video within the current one),  truly setting itself apart from its peers. It allows you to resize your screencasts to the right size for viewing on an iPod, iPhone, iPad or YouTube. Additionally, when saving your file, you can choose the frame rate it should be saved with. The available range is from 10 to 45 fps. The only downside is the rather hefty price tag, which stands currently at $50, but you can skip that if you're lucky enough to win a license in our giveaway. Read More

Screen Capturer: Set Custom Frame Rate For Recording Screencasts

Screencasts are digital recordings of your computer screen that allow you to demonstrate a certain sequence of actions on your desktop, or create a video tutorial. There are a lot of good free applications available for capturing screencasts, but it is hard to find good software that let you create screencasts of your desktop. Most of the free tools apply a watermark over the video, and the ones that don’t have some video related issue, such as the quality being low. However, we keep covering new free screencast making applications that have a lot of potential to become very useful after some improvement. One such application that we found today is Screen Capturer. It is a free application for making screencasts of your desktop screen that lets you set a custom frame rate, choose to include the cursor and follow the mouse cursor. More on Screen Capturer after the jump. Read More

Video Screen Recorder: Create Screencasts With Visual Effects

Previously, we have covered some pretty awesome screenshot taking application. In a recent article, we even did a roundup of the 5 best free screenshot capturing tools for Windows. But what if the screenshots are not enough? For instance, when you are trying to explain a series of clicks and commands in an article, posting a screenshot for each article would neither be logical nor efficient. That is where screencasts come in. Screencasts are digital recordings of your screen; like a movie of whatever is happening on your monitor. In Nov 2011, we covered Screencast-O-Matic, a web-based screencast recording application that allows you to create screencasts, add narration and upload them to YouTube and save to hard disk. Today, we have a Windows application, called Screen Video Recorder, that lets you record screencasts with audio and visual effects. More on Screen Video Recorder after the break. Read More

Create & Upload Screen Area Specific Screencasts Using vTute Recorder

Screencasts, or screen capture, are digital recordings of your computer screen. You may think of them as video screenshots that record and show the changes happening on your computer screen in the form of a video. If what you are trying to explain is not that difficult to understand, you can add screenshots with your content in order to deliver your message to users, but if its something very complicated, screencasts are considered the better option. You must have seen many video tutorials explaining to you how to perform a particular action on your computer. Now, you can create and upload your own video tutorials by using vTute Recorder. It is a portable application that allows you to easily create screencasts and upload them to vTute’s website. More on vTute Recorder after the break. Read More

Care4Teen: Parental Control Tool That Automatically Creates Screencasts Upon Detection Of Inappropriate Content

There has always been a debate on whether the internet does more bad than good for the young users. On one hand, the free availability of everything allows kids to research and study articles and news, but on the other, the number of inappropriate websites increasing day by day can really corrupt those young minds. Protecting their children from these websites as they browse through the internet is the responsibility of parents, but to protect them, first they have to know if their curious kids are accessing any inappropriate content or not. Parental control applications are a great way to keep tabs on your kids and restrict what they can access and view online. Care4Teen is an application for Windows that allows you to monitor, control and block the content viewed by your children, even remotely. Read More