Recently my brother asked me if I could download some online video news footage of his son (my nephew) in a featured sporting event? They wanted to archive the video so that his son (my nephew) would have something in the future to show his kids. Exhausting all of the tricks that I knew for grabbing the download stream of the video, I had to start thinking outside the box, which is something new for me, and focused on not downloading the video, but on a method to capture (or record the video). I knew from experience I could install software to perform this task; however, I did not want to install any software and began to wonder if there were any online web based services out there where I could perform this task. This is when and how I discovered the online web based screen recorder service called Screencast-O-Matic .
Using my web browser and a microphone connected to the computer I used Screencast-O-Matic to record (and capture) the video and audio of the news clip. The end result turned out better than I ever anticipated.
Screencast-O-Matic is a web based screen recorder that can be used in an instance such as I described, but is primarily designed to record your actions on the computer for purposes of “how to” instruction.
Following the download, the adjustable Screencast-O-Matic capture window, with various controls, will appear on the screen. The capture window will remain on the window over top of any application you bring up.
There is a FREE and PRO version of Screencast-O-Matic . The FREE version enables you to:
- Record for a max of 15 minutes
- FREE Hosting (15 minutes per upload)
- Upload to YouTube HD
- Export to MP4, AVI, FLV movie
- Record web camera