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Screencasting Tools for PCs & Macs

Check out the different options for creating screencasts (videos of you showing someone how to do something) so you can share them either publicly on sites like YouTube, Vimeo, Wistia and Viddler or privately for your clients and members. Perfect for those who have something to teach ordon't want to be on camera (yet want to jump on the video bandwagon).

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jing

jing

Platforms: PC, Mac
Free trial/free version: Yes
Pro/paid version: no

Use Jing to capture images and short videos you can share anywhere you can share a link...social media, email, your website. You can upload the files to your free screencast.com account and share away. Available from TechSmith, the same company who developed Camtasia and Snagit.

Camtasia

Platforms: PC, Mac
Free trial/free version: Yes
Pro/paid: Windows: ~$300 US | Mac: ~99 US

One of the most popular tools for creating everything from a simple set of steps to sophisticated screencast videos with music, Camtasia is a full video editing suite. You can capture what is on your screen or import audio tracks, images, on-camera video and more.

Screencast-o-Matic

Platforms: PC, Mac
Free trial/free version: Yes
Pro/paid version: $15/year

The free version let's you do one recording, up to 15 minutes long and limits some of the other features. The pro version provides more features and gives you longer record time.

Screenflow

Platform: Mac
Free trial/free version: yes
Pro/paid version: no

Quicktime

Platform: Mac
Free trial/free version: yes

CamStudio

Platforms: PC
Free trial/free version: Yes
Pro/Paid version: No

iShowU/iShowU Studio

Platforms: Mac (Requires OSX 10.9 (Mavericks) or above)
Free trial/free version: Unknown
Pro/paid version: $29.95 to $99.95

Screenium

Platform: Mac (Mac OS X 10.5 - 10.10 Yosemite fully supported)
Free version/trial version: Unknown
Pro/paid version: Yes, $39.99 US