CamStudio Screen Recorder Software | Free Open Source Screen Recording Utility

CamStudio is a free open source software which is useful for recording all the screen and audio activity on your computer. CamStudio software is very useful for creating demonstration videos for any application.

About CamStudio - the open source screen recording software

CamStudio is an open source software which can be used to record all the screen and audio activity on your computer to create standard AVI video files. The built in SWF producer of ths software can convert these AVI files into streaming flash videos.

The CamStudio software was originally released by a company called RenderSoft as an open source software in the year 2001. The source code of versions 1.0, 1.4 and 2.0 are now available at SourceForge website. Later on in the year 2003, the company was acquired by eHelp Corporation and an updated version of CamStudio (CamStudio 2.1) was released under a proprietory software license only. Finally the company is now being acquired by Adobe.

The CamStudio 2.5 Beta 1 release version was released in 2007 as free source once again. The latest version of CamStudio is the CamStudio 2.6. CamStudio is very useful in many ways. Some of the uses of CamStudio are listed below.

Uses of CamStudio Software

  • You can create demonstration videos for any software application
  • You can create video tutorials for school or college classes
  • If you have some problem with your computer, you can record it and show to the support people for trouble shooting
  • Any other video recording work

Some more features of CamStudio

You can also add screen captions to the video recordings and you can even personalize your video. CamStudio also comes with its own Codec which produces high quality audio with smaller file size compared to other popular codecs. You can have complete control over the video output. It is possible to use custom cursors to record the full screen or a part of the screen on your desktop and you can also reduce or increase the quality of the recording. CamStudio comes with a built in help file so you can use the help feature to get the answers that you need about CamStudio.

CamStudio is completely free to download for personal as well as commercial projects. This software can be downloaded from The CamStudio website.

How to Install CamStudio

It is very easy to install CamStudio Software. Download the software from CamStudio website indicated above. Once the binary file is downloaded, follow the instructions given below to install CamStudio.

  • Double click on the downloaded file.

  • Then you will get a small window with a security message "The publisher could not be verified, Are you sure you want to run this software". Click on 'Run' button

  • Then the Welcome screen of the Set u wizard appears as shown in the slide no.2 of the attached power point presentation

  • Click on 'Next' button. You will then asked to read the License agreement. Select 'I agree the agreement" and click 'Next' button

  • Now select the destination folder to install the software

  • The next screen shows whether you want to install full, partial or custom installation. You select what ever you want

  • Click 'Next' in the next screen. then it will ask for creating desktop icon. If you want desktop icon, select the check box and then click on 'Next' button

  • In the next screen click on 'Install' button. Once installation is completed, click on 'Finish' button. that is all.


Author: Vilas16 Nov 2012 Member Level: Gold   Points : 2

Sounds great to create software instillation demo videos. This type of tools having great need for demonstration of Video Games, Application, variety of software's etc. Thanks for valuable information about on screen desktop capturing tool.

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