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How To Record Screencasts Without Paying for Software

Screencasts are an effective way to explain technical computing tasks to anyone. Here’s how to record one without installing any software on your computer.

Go to the Screenr website and click the Record button.

Screenr.com

Screenr will start the detection process for Java. If you don’t have it yet, make sure to install Java.
Java Detection

Give Java permission to run before starting your recording.

Run Java

After Java is installed and launched, Screenr will load the recorder.

Start Recorder

Drag the recorder to the area of the screen you want to capture, and size it accordingly. Click the record button to start. A groovy feature is it also records sound. When finished, click Done.

Finish Recording

Next, it will show you a preview of your screencast.

Preview

To save and publish the screen cast, log in using Twitter, Facebook, Google or other popular services.

Log in

Add a description to your video and click Publish.

Desciption

After completing registration on the site, click Proceed to Publishing.

Publish

Now you have the option to share the recording on social networks, embed it on your website or download it in MP4 format.

Share Screencast

Screenr allows up to five minutes of a recording for free. If you want more time and options, you’ll need to pay. Here’s a quick sample of what you can expect.

If you only need to create an occasional screencast, Screenr is the perfect choice. It beats purchasing an expensive program like Camtasia. To see more groovy screencasts, check out the groovyPost YouTube Channel.

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One Response to How To Record Screencasts Without Paying for Software

  1. Lauren December 5, 2011 at 7:20 am #

    Thanks for sharing Screenr. I’ll have to check it out.

    Another great option is Jing from TechSmith (the creator of Camtasia).  They have a free version and a pro version for about $15 a year. It’s a desktop application and the paid version allows you to do screen casting from your WebCam as well. You can find it here: http://www.techsmith.com/jing.html

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