Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Top 10 Free Video Recording Tools for eLearning

Free Video Recording Tools

Recently, a friend emailed me with a request:
Janhavi,

I have a client who wants video in their eLearning. They want a professional look, but do not want to pay for a video tool.

What can I do?

Yours Truly,

A Friend in Need




What is a Video Recording Tool?


What is a video recording tool you may ask and why would I need one?

A video recording tool records the action on a screen, for example, mouse movement and clicks, into an output format. A versatile recording tool also allows you to record audio and add annotations (text boxes, arrows, etc.). Once you have finished with your recording, you can add it to your training, eBook, or tutorial.

A video recording can enhance your training by addressing different learning styles (visual and auditory), adding a human touch, and being available on demand (the learner can review the video at any time).

What I Found


I wanted to help my friend so I searched online using the keywords free, video, professional, and came up with the following top 10 free video tools. I emailed them to my friend with only one request, which I’ll share with you. Give them a try and tell me what you think of these tools.

The list is sorted by Operating System (OS).

OS TypeRecording Tool NameDescription
AllKrutA Java application (works on many platforms) for creating screencasts. It has a timer function and an option for making the recording follow the mouse pointer around the screen.
Krut records movie files of selected parts of your screen in the QuickTime .mov format, including sound.
Windows / MAC OS XJingTakes screenshots and captures a screen as videos. You can add textboxes, arrows or rectangles to highlight spots.
It can send the generated outputs to Screencast.com, Flickr, a FTP account, Twitter and more. With a microphone, you can record audio with the video as well.
WindowsJScreenRcorder 0.2Allows users to record their screen and also to select the type of cursor they want to use.
WindowsCamStudioOpen-source screen recorder software that can record every screen and audio activity on a computer and create .AVI video files or streaming Flash videos (SWF).
WindowsWebineriaOpen-source software creates screencasts.It records the screen as an .AVI file and offers an option to create .FLV file from it. Using hotkeys you can start-pause and stop recording.A unique feature is it can combine another video input (like webcam) with the screen recording process.
WindowsKoyote Screen to VideoFreeware in which you can record the whole screen or parts of a screen.
WindowsWindows Media EncoderCaptures audio and video content with high-quality multichannel sound, high-definition video quality, and support for mixed-mode voice and music content.You may find this helpful: Getting Started with Screen Capture Using Windows Media Encoder.
WindowsBB Flashback ExpressRecords from a video source, screen and audio.
It can export to .AVI or .FLV and has integrated support for direct uploading to popular video sharing websites.
WindowsTipCamStandard screen recording with audio and video. Other features:

  • AVI and FLV support

  • Audio can be re-recorded

  • Beginning and end parts can be trimmed

  • Video can zoom to the mouse cursor with smart zooming

  • Ability to draw free-style during recording
Now, it’s up to you to try out these free video recording tools. Leave a comment letting me know which one is your favorite!

Look for an upcoming post on free video editing tools for eLearning. Happy Movie Making!