Comparison of screencasting software

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This is a comparison of notable screencasting software, used to record activities on the computer screen. This software is commonly used for desktop recording, gameplay recording and video editing. Screencasting software is typically limited to streaming and recording desktop activity alone, in contrast with a software vision mixer, which has the capacity to mix and switch the output between various input streams.

Comparison by specification[edit]

Product NamePublisherLatest stable versionLatest release dateOSSoftware licenseOpen source
ActivePresenterAtomi Systems3.92013-06-19WindowsProprietary commercialNo
ActivePresenter Free EditionAtomi Systems3.92013-06-19WindowsFreewareNo
Adobe CaptivateAdobe Systems7.02013-06-03Windows
Mac OS X
Proprietary commercialNo
BandicamBandisoft1.9.0.3972013-08-07WindowsProprietary commercialNo
BB FlashBackBlueberry Software4.02012-09-18WindowsProprietary commercialNo
BB FlashBack ExpressBlueberry Software4.02012-09-18WindowsFreewareNo
CamStudioCamStudio.org2.7 r3162013-02-15WindowsGPLYes
Camtasia StudioTechSmith8.1.22013-07-25WindowsProprietary commercialNo
Camtasia for MacTechSmith2.4.22013-08-14Mac OS XProprietary commercialNo
Capture FoxZafer Gurel0.7.02009-11-25WindowsFreewareYes
FFmpegFFmpeg.org2.2.22014-05-05Linux, [1] OS supporting X11, WindowsLGPLYes
FrapsBeepa Pty Ltd3.5.992013-02-26WindowsProprietary commercialNo
Mac OS X
GPL v3Yes
HyperCamSolveig Multimedia3.5.1211.292012-11-29WindowsProprietary commercialNo
JingTechSmith2.8 Windows
Mac OS X
Microsoft Expression EncoderMicrosoft Corporation42010-06-08WindowsProprietary commercialNo
Nero VisionNero AG10.6.108002011-04-19WindowsProprietary commercialNo
PixetellOntier Inc.1.3.119132010-01-15WindowsProprietary commercialNo
QuickTime XApple Inc.10.0 (118)2010-03-29Mac OS XProprietary (Part of Mac OS X)No
ScreencamSmartGuyz Inc.3.3.02009-03-24WindowsProprietary commercialNo
ScreenFlowTelestream3.0.22011-08-11Mac OS XProprietary commercialNo
ShareXGitHub9.0.02014-05-16WindowsGPL v3Yes
SimpleScreenRecordermaartenbaert0.0.7-12013-06-02LinuxGPL v3Yes
Snagit for WindowsTechSmith12.0.02014-04-18WindowsProprietary commercialNo
Snagit for OS XTechSmith2.1.72013-05-13Mac OS XProprietary commercialNo
Snapz Pro XAmbrosia Software2.2.32011-07-14Mac OS XProprietary commercialNo
VLC media playerVideoLAN2.1.42014-02-21Cross-platformGPLYes
Windows Media EncoderMicrosoft Corporation9.00.00.3352 (x86) (x64)
WinkSatish Kumar2.02008-07-14Windows

Comparison by features[edit]

The following table compares features of screencasting software. The table has seven fields, as follows:

  1. Name: Product's name; sometime includes edition if a certain edition is targeted
  2. Audio: Specifies whether the product supports recording audio commentary on the video
  3. Entire desktop: Specifies whether product supports recording the entire desktop
  4. OpenGL: Specifies whether the product supports recording from video games and software that employ OpenGL to render digital image
  5. DirectX: Specifies whether the product supports recording from video games or software that employ DirectX (particularly Direct 3D) to render digital image
  6. Editing: Specifies whether the product supports editing recorded video at least to some small extent, such as cropping, trimming or splitting
  7. Output: Specifies the file format in which the software saves the final video (Non-video output types are omitted)
Product nameAudioEntire
ActivePresenter[2]YesYesNoNoYesAVI, FLV, MP4, SWF, HTML, WebM, WMV
ActivePresenter free edition[2]YesYesNoNoYesAVI, MP4, WebM, WMV
Adobe Captivate[3]YesYes??YesSWF, EXE, MP4, HTML5
BB FlashBackYesYes??Yes
BB FlashBack expressYesYes??No
CamStudioYesYes??YesAVI, SWF
Camtasia StudioYesYesYesYesYes.camrec, AVI
Camtasia for MacYesYesYesNoYes
Capture FoxYesYes??NoMotion JPEG or Xvid in AVI
FrapsYesYesYesYesNoFPS1 in AVI
HyperCamYesYes??NoAVI, WMV
Microsoft Expression EncoderYesYesYesNoYes
Nero VisionYes???Yes
QuickTime XYesYes??No
RecordMyDesktopYesYes?N/ANoTheora in Ogg
ShareXYesYesNoNoNoAVI, MP4, GIF
SimpleScreenRecorderYesYesYesN/ANoFormats supported by libavformat
Snapz Pro XYesYes??No
Windows Media EncoderYesYes??No
WinkYesYes?NoYesSWF, PDF


  1. ^ "Ubuntu Guide Screencasts". Ubuntu Guide website. Ubuntu Guide CC by nc sa. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Feature Comparison". ActivePresenter website. Atomi Systems. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Supported file formats". Adobe Captivate Help. Adobe Systems Incorporated. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 

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