Can somebody please recommend a useful screen casting widget? I've never made a screen cast before; but, I want to do so now. Preferably, I'd like a free one.


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Additional webservices are listed on the classroom20 wiki (see wiki tab on top of the page). Check out Presentation. The idea, if I understand correctly, is to have a single place with all relevant information. That's an open wiki, anybody can update that page with the tips given here ;-).
I've had good luck with Jing (, a free one from techsmith.
Hear Hear, to Jing!
Here is a Web 2.0 tool to use. It is called "Screencast-O-Matic. FREE!!!!
camtasia is easily the top of the stack, IMHO, although I've never tried any mac-only stuff. but you won't be able to get camtasia *permanently* free, only temporarily.
Screencast-o-matic is good. Smartboard users have a utility called Smart Record that makes hi-def WMA or WMV files on PC and Quicktime on the Mac version. Depends if you want to use your cast in a powerpoint/other presentation in which case the Smart software is more versatile.
I know you are looking for a free one but if you get hooked on screencasting and start making alot of them, I highly recommend Camtasia. I use it to make my masterycasts for my students and it is a really user friendly tool. I can produce multiple file formats at the same time ( flash and iPod is what I make), and I find it as a very user friendly tool.

I will check out some of the other options mentioned. Thanks for the info everyone!

Sue P
Screencast-o-matic for a quick and dirty screencast.

If you are on windows use Snagit. Camtasia is way over priced.

For mac, snapzpro is excellent.

I've always used Cam Studio.

It's licenced under GPL so its free as in freedom. But it's also free as in free beer, which makes it much more accessible for students and schools.

Have used it with students in class, they found that it didn't get in their way too much. And am using it at the moment to create a screencast for Termites. It's quality software.

Jing is the only one I've used. But it is free, easy, and fun. It keeps the files on a file server, so you can record lessons for a substitute and just give them the URL. It may not always be free, tho. There's some talk of charging for the server, but I'm happy using it now. If they want to charge me, I'll just find something newer and cooler to play with
The problem with Jing as I see it is that the SWF files are proprietory so even if I download them and try to reencode I get only the audio which is a shame! I use SnapzPro on the Mac and an application called OmniDazzle to highlight stuff on screen and darken the background for emphasis
Actually if you have quicktime pro it allows you to do a save as and make it a .mov file.



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