Recording Desktop Videos

Make your own desktop video

Monday, June 11, 2007 by Island Dog | Discussion: Community

I recently posted an article telling users about subscribing to our YouTube channel and group.  Posting your desktop screenshots is pretty common on most community forums, and is pretty simple to do as you can simply press the "PrtScn" button or use one of the many utilities that are out there.

Now we have desktops that are using Stardock DeskScapes for animated and dynamic wallpapers, widgets and gadgets that have animations, and plenty of other skins that have some kind of animation to them.  Static screenshots just can't tell the full story anymore, so now we can take desktop screenshots to the next level.....desktop videos.

Desktop videos showing off their customization techniques is becoming more common, especially with sites like YouTube, MetaCafe, and MSN Soapbox becoming so popular.  The downside is taking a good desktop video is not as easy as a simple screenshot, so I thought it might be a good idea to compile a list of software that you can use to record your desktop.

  • Camtasia Studio: It allows you to record, edit, and share your videos and has the most flexibility and features than any other related software I have used.  A 30-day trial is available.
  • CamStudio:  This is a free solution that can also record your desktop and turn them into .avi's, and even into streaming flash videos.  This does not have as many features as Camtasia, but it's a great free alternative.
  • Wink:  Wink is another application to record your desktop or take screenshots, and this one also exports to flash and html. 

There are many applications out there that can record your desktop, but these three seem to be the most popular and easiest to use. I would recommend downloading several and trying them to see which one works the best for you. 

Recording the desktop is usually just pressing the record button and recording your actions on the desktop.  After you record the video many of the applications will allow you to edit the recordings using both audio and visual effects.  You can even use tools such as Windows Movie Maker to titles, transitions, and other effects if the application does not include those features.

Once you have recorded your video you can easily upload them to YouTube or any of the many other sites designed for hosting videos.  Don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel and group, where you can share you own videos with us.


Reply #1 Monday, June 11, 2007 1:02 PM
Really Thanks ID i'll check that out
Island Dog
Reply #2 Tuesday, June 12, 2007 1:53 PM
If you know of any other applications for recording your desktop, please add them here, and I will update the article if we get some good recommendations.

Reply #3 Tuesday, June 12, 2007 1:59 PM
this was an answer ti my prayer! thanks so much!
Reply #4 Tuesday, June 12, 2007 2:32 PM
Snag-It - 30 Day trial

ZD Soft - Unsure if the free version is a trial or not.

Hypercam - Free trial, but unsure of how long.

Just a few that I know of.
Reply #5 Tuesday, June 12, 2007 3:12 PM
CamStudio is really nice . . except that it splits the output in half and puts them back-to-back.

Like this:

Reply #6 Tuesday, June 12, 2007 5:32 PM
thanks bobdown!
Reply #7 Wednesday, June 13, 2007 12:18 PM
none of the programs work smothly. even at 1000 frames per second, it's jumpy.
Reply #8 Wednesday, June 13, 2007 12:40 PM
Ahh.. a man true to his word.. Bookmarked.   
Reply #9 Tuesday, April 27, 2010 1:48 AM

I like Total Screen Recorder,which could record webcam video,desktop video and upload the video to youtube freely.It could record the video as long as you wish. Not like the other screen recorder, which just let you record one minute or with large watermark on the  video.

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