Screencasts are an excellent way to show people how to perform certain actions using their computers. By capturing computer movements and voice recordings screencasts allow visual learners to see exactly how they should perform certain tasks. Screencasts also allow the tutorial creator to quickly create guides without the need to create picture files and written text. In celebration of screencast programs here are some of the best screencast programs for Windows.

Camtasia – TechSmith’s Awesome Screencast Program

Camtasia Studio

Camtasia Studio is the premiere Windows application for screencasts. The program allows users to capture anything on their screen from HD video, to a PowerPoint presentation, or a video game.

The controls for Camtasia allow users to choose “full screen capture” or partial screen grabs based on the users choice is screen sizing.

camtasia screencasting

Once screencasts are captured users can easily add variety of pre-installed music tracks, callouts, buttons, banners, and animated backgrounds. Those add-ons are easily installed thanks to drag and drop functionality found via the Camtasia screencast editor.

Through the Camtasia editor users can also add various video effects such as zooming in and out, colorizing objects, adding shadows and even inserting cursor effects.

Finish your video and TechSmith even makes sharing to Facebook and YouTube a breeze with auto-video importing and the ability to compress those videos for “best result” output on both networks.

Just one caveat, this professional screencast program costs $299.

EZ VID – The Choice Of Gamers And It’s Free!

EZVid

If you don’t need all of the fancy add-on effects of Camtasia Studio I highly recommend Ez VID.

This particular screen capturing program offers video recording up to 1280 x 720 HD pixels of resolution and it is optimized for YouTube playback. Gamers love EZ Vid because it is optimized to capture their gaming sessions.

Also included with EZ Vid are editing features for refining videos. EZ Vid also feature plenty of file types support including AVI, WMV, and MOV.

For users who need image capturing capabilities this program also creates slideshows in JPD, PNG and GIF formats.

Here’s a great video that explains the capabilities of EZ Vid:

Screen-Cast-O-Matic – Free or Paid Online Tool Options – No Install Required

Screeencast O Matic

If you need a quick screencast taken and you don’t have a program installed on your computer you can visit screencast-o-matic.

This program allows for simple no-install required screencasting.

The free program only allows for 15 minute recording but an annual charge of just $15 makes it possible to screencast unlimited length videos.

The Pro program also features HD video recording capabilities and the option to upload videos directly to YouTube, Google Drive and Vimeo.

If you want to remove the annoying watermark featured on the free option you’ll also need to go pro.

 

[Images via EZ VidScreencast-O-MaticTechSmith]