Making a video of your computer screen

I’m curious if anybody’s doing this lately. I’m curious what people are using for doing this is for both Windows and Linux. I don’t really use Windows much anymore but I’ve got one machine running it because I am doing a lot of work with CAD and it seems there isn’t much out there for Linux.


It’ seems Windows Media Encoder might work. If its part of Windows it should work with Windows. I downloaded the Windows Media Encoder which is actually called Microsoft Expression Encoder 4.


It seems to record. I guess there is a special codec it is using and when I installed MEE4, it didn’t make the codec accessible to my Microsoft Movie Maker since I can’t open them there. It does let me play them in Microsoft Media player however. So more fiddling, and research will be required. This is why I actually stopped using Windows (except my recent CAD stuff). You wind up spending lots of time researching and fiddling (then you have to do it again for the next release of Windows or whatever product you are using). My logic is that you you’re going to fiddle away your time then I may as well support the open source projects such as Linux. In the end, it’s about the same amount of fiddle time to get the same work done. So you’re ahead because you didn’t pay for the software. 1h Later: Okay, I think I have a lead. You open the Microsoft Expression Encoder 4 Screen Capture (which is what I was doing). You press record to make your recording. After the recording is made and the file is saved in the selected location, you can now play it back. This isn’t enough. You have to open the options screen of MEEE4SC, highlight the file (if you can figure out which one it is since it makes up it’s own file names), then click “Send to Encoder”. This sends it to Microsoft Expression Encoder 4. From there you have to pick File/Encode. The file will be changed to a WMV file which looks promising. The catch is that it stores it in a predefined directory. I did a search for .WMV and found it. You can drag the file out of the Windows finder to your desktop. If you want to know where the files are going, right click the file and check it’s properties. You will see the path to the file. In my case it was “C:\Users\darcy\Documents\Expression\Expression Encoder\Output\SQUIRRELIFY 2-19-2011 11.27.28 AM”. 1h 15m Later: Once I did the extra steps the file now uploads to youtube (as you can see above). It also loads into Microsoft Movie Maker. I’m still looking for how to capture my mic. There is also a 10m limit (which in theory shouldn’t be too much of a problem so I’ll just see how far I get before I hit that issue).


This works in Linux, yippie.

Wink This was suggested in the ORE listserv. Looks promising since it works in Linux and Windows. Plus it makes a flash player output so you don’t have to upload to youtube.

I tried it and it was fairly easy to create a flash swf file of my screen. It saves with the swf file, a javascript and an html container. I guess if I’m going to use WordPress I’ll need to get some sort of plug-in for playing those conveniently. Here’s a test (winkflash).


by Techsmith:

Jason from ORE list:

$300 Techsmith Camtasia is pretty good, but after doing 30-some tutorial videos with it, I started finding some glitches in the way they implemented their flash export. Newer versions may have addressed this. (Nothing serious, just text bubbles periodically wouldn’t appear despite being set to do so – re-creating them worked)

Adobe’s Captivate


$799 Adobe Captivate is the be-all-and-end-all of doing screen presentations, but what a price tag! Every feature under the sun.


by techsmith is a pretty handy tool, letting you record video and do some moderate annotations (Which I think includes “football pen” and popups now)


is an amazing tool for high-framerate video capture off your screen, for instance, if you’re recording video gameplay (sometimes generated at enormous frames-per-second values). It’s very simple, and all of your editing will have to be done afterwards. I believe it doesn’t export flash – only avi.

Open Source CamStudio

seem to be coming along, but at the time of testing I encountered a lot of bugs. This was ages ago, though.