One great way for instructional designers to create effective learning material is to include screenshots and videos in their e-learning modules. Many programs have this feature build in (i.e. Adobe Captivate and the new Articulate Storyline), but some prefer a third party program – and for years the standard bearer has been Camtasia Studio.
Don’t get me wrong, Camtasia Studio is pretty great. By all means you should take a look at it to see if it meets your needs. However, it does come with a hefty price tag. If you are on a budget, and need to create some instructional videos on your computer, then you need to check out the free alternative to Camtasia Studio: Cam Studio
Okay so the name leaves a little bit to be desired, but rest assured that this program is legit. Cam Studio is a free open source screen capture and recording tool for Windows with the accolades to back up the hype. If you’re looking for a viable screen capture/recording program, then give Cam Studio a try – I think you’ll find it will meet your needs.
If you are looking for other alternatives, then there are a few options (although not all of them are free, and some have pretty limited features until you upgrade). Other options to consider in your search include:
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You can probably find a viable solution among these options. If not, then a simple Google search will yield quite a few other options as well.