Are you looking to create a screencast video for free? You might want screencast video for your YouTube channel or for training purposes. In this article, we show you how to create a screencast video using some open source tools.
We are running a YouTube channel where we posted screencast videos regularly. We are regularly posting technology-based videos on our channel which help users to improve their knowledge.
To create a screencast video, we are not using any paid software or tools. We use open source softwares Camstudio for recording our desktop screen and Voice Recorder (for Android Phone) to record a audio.
Camstudio – An Open Source Software To Record A Desktop
We use Camstudio to record our desktop screen. It is an open source software and works efficiently.
All you need to do is download it and install on your computer.
Below are the configurations we have set for this software.
- Select ‘Full Screen’ Under Region.
- Select ‘Do not record audio’ under Options.
- Select ‘Normal View’ under View.
Record Audio Using Voice Recorder App On Android Phone
Camstudio provides an option to record a audio. We had tried recording audio with Camstudio in past. By doing so, we were not happy with the quality of sound. We had a lot of background noise in recorded audio. To overcome this problem, we decided to use a mobile phone to record an audio. After some back and fourth finally we came to a solution called Voice Recorder app for Android mobile.
It’ not compulsory you have to use only Voice Recorder app. Maybe you are using Apple or Windows phone. If so, you can use another sound recording app as far as their quality is good and that app allows to share the recorded audio file.
Note: Make sure you are using a good quality headphone. We recommend to use Skullcandy headphone.
We have tried some sound recording apps on the android phone and finally decided to use Voice Recorder. We recommend you give a try to multiple sound recording apps and find the better one.
Cute Video Audio Merger
At this stage, you come to know that we are using 2 different software. One for recording a video, another for recording an audio. Now, the question is how to combine both video and audio files?
Download Cute Video Audio Merger software and install it. It is also an open source software. Using this tool, we merge video and audio files together.
Below are the configuration we set while using Cute Video Audio Merger.
- Open the Cute Video Audio Merger
- Set Output Folder to downloads directory. You can choose also different folder.
- Set Output Video Size: Auto – Original
- Set Output Video Format: MOV
To use this software you just need to add video and audio file and click on ‘Merge’. After completing process, this software place a .mov under downloads directory.
Create A Screencast Video
Now, we are ready with the software Camstudio, Voice Recorder and Cute Video Audio Merger.
Let’s see step by step guide how to create a screencast video.
- Open Camstudio and Voice Recorder.
- Start Camstudio and Voice Recorder at the same time.
- Once you finished with your recording, press ‘f9’ to stop Camstudio recording. Stop your audio recording simultaneously.
- Send your audio file via bluetooth, email or any sharing app to your computer.
- Open Cute Video Audio Merger on your computer. Merge your both video and audio files.
We hope you understand how to create a screencast video using an open source software. Which open source tools you are using for your screencast videos? Please share in the comments below.
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