Online Screen Recording Services Reviewed

People love to watch videos. Offering how-to or demo screencast of your software and Web applications helps to cut down your support and marketing efforts.  A screencast is simply video capture of your screen. Most of the screen recorders available are desktop based, but with the Web moving towards Software as Services (SaS) platform, a few online screen recording services have emerged. We take a look at some of the popular remotely hosted screencast services.

Apowersoft Free Online Screen Recorder

sreenrecorderApowersoft Free Online Screen Recorder is also a java-based online screen recording tool. It provides users with many different recording modes like Full Screen, Region, Around Mouse, Webcam and Only Audio. Before recording, you should choose one of the audio inputs ranging from none, system sound, microphone or both of them to meet your requirements. While recording, you can edit your videos by adding arrows, lines, rectangles, circles and many others. You are also allowed to add camera recording to create picture-in-picture videos. After recording, you can play or convert it. This screen recorder possesses lots of popular formats like WMV, FLV, SWF, MP4, AVI and many others, as well as the specific designed formats for Android or Apple.

Price: Free
Cons: Video editing features and various audio inputs.
Pros: Basic zoom function

ScreenCastle

ScreenCastle

ScreenCastle

ScreenCastle is the easiest screencast recorder. It requires no registration, just the download of a lightweight Java applet that takes less than a minute to install. It supports both video and audio recording from your microphone. You can choose to record full-screen or just an area of your screen. After the recording, it will take a few seconds for your video to be uploaded and right after upload, you will be presented with linking and embedding options. The best part about ScreenCastle is that it has an API version, called Skoffer. Skoffer allows developers to build in the screencast recorder into the web application. Plugins that makes use of this API are already available for popular scripts like WordPress and MediaWiki.

Price: Free
Cons: Lacks video editing features.
Pros: Extremely simple and easy to use and has an API available.

Screencast-0-Matic

Screencast-0-Matic

Screencast-0-Matic

Screencast-0-Matic was the first service to offer online screen recording right from the browser without any software installation (requires only Java support in the browser).  You can select to record your full-screen or just an area of it. Once recorded, your videos can be uploaded to the Screencast-O-Matic web site or sent to YouTube in HD format. You can also export the video as downloadable formats like Quicktime (MP4), Windows Media Player (AIV) or as Flash (FLV).

Price: Free
Pros: Multiple export features.
Cons: Lacks video editing features.

GoView

GoView

GoView

GoView is a relative new player in the screen recording business that has been developed by Citrix Online, the company behind GoToMeeting and GoToMyPc. Similar to the other services, it supports both video and voice recording. After downloading and installing a small application, GoView will sit in your system tray. Your screencast are automatically uploaded to the goview.com site which can then be easily shared. When tested, we found that the quality of video recorded is far better than the other services. GoView also has a web based video editor that allows you annotate, split and export your videos to MP4 format.

Price: Free
Pros: High quality screen recording
Cons: Uploading screen capture is slow. Video cannot be embedded on site.

ScreenToaster

ScreenToaster

ScreenToaster

ScreenToaster uses a Java applet to capture your screen, video and even live streams from your webcam.  Recorded videos are streamed and saved live making editing and publishing quicker. The online video editor allows you to annotate videos or add voice. Once your screencast is ready, you can upload it to the servers of ScreenToaster or send it to your Youtube account. Alternatively, you can download a copy of the video as .mov or .swf. Screencasts published on the ScreenToaster site can be set to be accessed publicly or privately and supports social sharing and commenting features.

Price: Free
Pros: Extremely fast video upload and processing.
Cons: Lacks video editing features.

3 Comments

  1. TechMistress

    Ahh, let's not forget the fabulous, FREE, screen capture software, CamStudio - over there at camstudio-dot-org. It's free, it converts avi to flash, allows annotations, and it doesn't cost a thing. I just made a donation, I thought it was so great.

  2. Wow... I am familiar with many desktop options. Camtasia, Jing, BBFlashBack, Deskshare, TurboDemo... even some for Mac like ScreenFlow, etc... Didn't know there are any "online" screencasting services out there. This is GREAT!! I wonder if there's any good video editing software, just to enhance the videos ourselves. Anyway, great post! Kidino’s last blog post..11 Powerful Free Link Building Tactics

  3. I have worked with Cantasia. It is user friendly, but with Jing I had a problem uploading and send it to other people.