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.
The usage of Screen Recorder Free is quite simple and the app works just like any traditional screen casting tool. You just need to specify the type of region you want to capture, along with the destination directory of the output file, and click the ‘Start Record’ button. As stated earlier, the application supports more than one screen capturing modes. The ‘Region moving by mouse’, for instance, can come really handy for ‘how to’ demonstrations or presentations that require utmost focus on mouse movement to different screen areas. Users can specify custom width and height of the region by inputting the appropriate values in the fields provided.
By clicking the blue ‘More Settings & Info’ button, you can adjust further parameters such enable/disable filter effect or image overlay, recording duration, video priority, color mode and compression type (none, on the fly or after record). Screen Recorder Free can also capture audio either from system sounds or Mic. Not only can you toggle this feature, but you can also adjust a few related parameters by clicking the minuscule tools button, which leads to the Options window.
Another interesting bit regarding the app is its Effects sheet that allows you to overlay different filters on your screencasts. For instance you can toggle and control brightness, contrast, darkness, saturation, noise and posterize effects for the videos. Those who want more fine-grained control can even adjust the RGB values to their liking. The app also makes it possible to rotate or flip screencasts, as well as apply effects like grayscale, sepia and reverse coloring.
During testing, I tried capturing several screencasts using the tool and it worked flawlessly for all of them. You can stop or cancel the recording at any time by pressing Shift + Esc or Esc respectively.
Try this app and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below . Screen Recorder Free works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.
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