A FREE Web Based Screen Recorder

August 10, 2011

Screencast-O-Matic 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.

There is nothing to install when using Screencast-O-Matic.  Visit the website, click on Start Recording.  The first occasion of using Screencast-O-Matic you will be prompted to download a Java Plugin.

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.

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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

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Download Videos from YouTube, Facebook, MTV, Other Sites

November 4, 2010

There are so many video downloaders and converters these days that it is hard to choose which one to go with. Today I present you another “FREE” video downloader by a developer called Freemake.

Freemake offers free programs developed as alternatives to popular paid software. “Free, easy and of high quality” are the fundamental principles of Freemake.

Freemake Video Downloader

At first, my attitude was, “just another downloader”; however, once I started using and testing the Freemake Video Downloader I was very impressed with the appealing appearance and the overall ease and smoothness of using the application. In other words, I was “sold”!

Freemake Video Downloader is an application that you install on your computer that will give you the ability to download videos from over 30 plus video supported sites, such as YouTube, Facebook, MTV, MTV Music, Google Video, Dailymotion, Megavideo, Metacafe, Vimeo, Veoh, Break, Stupidvideos, Photobucket, Nicovideo.jp, MyVideo.de, etc.

Typically, to download videos that you see, say on YouTube, you will need a third party application, such as this one, to grab the video you desire.

Freemake Video Downloader

With Freemake Video Downloader you can download and covert videos, to other formats, on the fly. Again, I found the this application a joy to use and most likely will be making this my main video downloader application.

Freemake Video Downloader

You can see Freemake Video Downloader in action by previewing the (full screen) video below.

Freemake Video Downloader

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ScreenToaster released today three key functionalities…

March 27, 2009

If you are a regular follower of “What’s On My PC…”, you will remember the writeup on:

ScreenToaster – An “Awesome and Free” web based screen recorder!

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Today I received formal notice from ScreenToaster.com, that they officially released today three key functionalities that strengthens its position as the easiest and fastest tool to record, publish and spread tutorials, demos, training, lectures and more.

  1. Upload your videos to YouTube in HD – Benefit from YouTube’s audience and viral potential; Keep ScreenToaster’s High Quality on your favourite video platform; YouTube videos now include soundtrack
  2. Download in .mov for video editing – Benefit from third party video editing tools to rework your videos Audio now supported for downloaded files
  3. Beta Test their recorder API – Let your users publish videos directly on your blog, forum, website or extranet. Ideal for collaborative projects, professional tutorials, users’ support and feedback management, bug tracking and reporting.

    At every step of the process, ScreenToaster reduces the time it takes to create and distribute your videos online. Imagine how fast it is to capture your screen activity directly from your browser, upload it in seconds online to YouTube.com and ScreenToaster.com, stream it the minute after, and then use Twitter and other social networks to pass the word.

To register and try ScreenToaster out, insert your personal data at www.screentoaster.com/register

What changed since February:

  • New categories and subcategories
  • Four levels of privacy
  • Direct upload to Google Video for featured videos
  • Download in .swf file formats
  • Record from external VNC servers
  • Accelerated or slow-motion playback / Pauses during recording
  • Spread on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, FriendFeed, Digg
  • Bookmark it on Delicious, Stumble Upon, Yahoo Buzz and Google Bookmark
  • Send your video by mail
  • Suggested videos on the video pages
  • Branded profiles
  • Search filters: “most commented”, by “language”…
  • Custom RSS feeds

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ScreenToaster – An “Awesome and Free” web based screen recorder!

February 22, 2009

ScreenToaster is another one of those cloud apps that I have found to be amazing… Remember, “cloud apps” are web based services that we access from the internet; in lieu of installed software on our computer. ScreenToaster is a cloud app that provides you with the capability of capturing live (real-time) audio, live (real-time) screen activity and live (real-time) webcam images from your computer. This is an excellent resource in the event you need to create and share tutorials, demos, training, lectures and more.

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ScreenToaster

I found ScreenToaster very easy to use. After you setup an account with ScreenToaster, you simply click on the “Start Recording” button and a small java applet is downloaded to your PC and the following dialogue box will appear.

ScreenToaster

After making your selections, remember to keep the ScreenToaster window minimized and remember the “Alt+S” hotkey to start and pause your recording. When you are done the recording, hit “Alt+S” to pause the recording, then maximize the “ScreenToaster” window and click on “Stop Recording”. That is it…  ScreenToaster does the rest.

Here is a sample screen capture video that I created. Click on the video graphic below and you will be redirected to the “ScreenToaster” site where you can directly play the video (with audio) in a window or full screen. I suggest you try both options. I think you wil find the results quite good.

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Following your recording, options are available to upload your video to your ScreenToaster account or to a YouTube account. You can make your captured video private or public. There are also 2-(two) options available to covert and download your video to your computer (.avi or .flv file formats).

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