13 Great Free Screencasting Tools for Creating Tutorials

For those of you who don’t know what screencasting tools are, they are tools that allow you to capture and record what you are doing on a computer screen so that you can play it back or show it to others. Screencasting tools are perfect for creating tutorials or presentations for students. With these tools, you can record what you were doing on the computer screen, play it back, and then go over whatever you are demonstrating step by step to a classroom. Here are some great, free screencasting tools that will allow you to record pictures, video and audio from your computer, edit them, and then use these recordings as teaching aids that will make it much easier to teach larger groups of people about procedures and operations that are performed on a computer.
With these free tools, you will be able to quickly create tutorials and lessons for your students or presentations for staff members that are professional looking and easy to follow.
Goview lets you record video of your screen and audio coming from your computer, edit the content, and then host your tutorials with no bandwidth limitations. You can also upload your screencasts to other sites and even protect them with passwords when storing them at Goview so no one but you and your students can access them. See their video.
Krut is better than most of these screencasting tools because its interface is so well-designed. The buttons on the interface allow you to quickly and easily record videos, take screenshots or change the area of the screen you want to record. You can also edit in sound later with Krut.
This is a free screencasting tool that is web-based and works for both Windows and mac users. As we said in a previous post If you are looking for a great screencasting tool that does not require any software installations, this is one of the best choices. You will be able to record your videos and then share them in a variety of ways. For example, you can share them as flash-based projects, or you can upload them to YouTube.
With this free tool you can create either avi videos or bitmap images. One of the best features of Aviscreen is its “follow the cursor” feature, which allows you to make a video of capture a screenshot of a smaller dimension while following all mouse activity happening all over the screen.
If you are looking to make high-quality tutorials, then Camstudio is one of the best free tools to use. It can record all screen and audio activity on your computer and produce high quality videos that at the same time, don’t take up a lot of bandwidth. The interface is also very simple to get a hang of and you can add annotations and other customized features to your videos as well.
Yet another tool that lets you make screencast recordings without having to download and install anything on your computer. It is very easy to use. Once you are ready to start, just click on the “Create” button, adjust to get the part of the screen you want to record into the shot, and start making your recording. See their video.
One of the best things about this free screencaster is that it allows you to drawn on what you have recorded and add notes and HTML pages to it. It also enables you to quickly and conveniently distribute your tutorial via email.
A pretty basic screen capture tool, but it does allow you to easily add text to your screencasts. It is also easily linked to your YouTube or Google Video accounts.
One limitation that Jing has is that you can only record for five minutes at a time. However, you will be able to edit these sections together later with no problem. It is great tool for quickly capturing video, audio and screenshots, because it is always present on your screen and ready to use. Jing allows you to add arrows, notes, and other visuals to your screencasts as well.
This is another free screencasting tool that helps you create presentations in the avi format, though you can also convert them into flv if you prefer that video format. The recording process is simple and the editing process is just as convenient and easy to grasp.
Screen jelly
This is a pretty simplistic tool that lets you record up to three minutes of screen video or computer audio at a time, and then share it via email or Twitter.
Oripa screen recorder
An excellent screen recorder for Windows users that can record your real time screen activity and then save it as a video file. You can even use your PC microphone and record your own audio to create a tutorial in real time without any editing needed.
One of the best features of this tool is that it has a zoom button that allows you to zoom into areas of your screen in order to enhance your presentations and tutorials.

David Lazar is a blogger at CometDocs.com. With a background in journalism, he enjoys writing about and following a variety of topics, including careers, technology and new media.

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