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4 Tips to Choose the Right Software to Record Screencasts

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As you’re probably aware there are lots of choices out there in terms of software to record screencasts. In fact if you’ve been going over some of them you may even have seen just how diverse they are in terms of their design and features.

That is why the following tips can help when you’re choosing which software would suit you best:

  • Decide on your budget beforehand

The cost of screencast software can vary from being free to costing over a hundred dollars. By determining how much you’re willing to spend, you can rule out any software that are out of your budget.

It should be noted that you shouldn’t pick the most expensive software that you can afford however – as it may not be the best option for you.

  • Identify any features that you can’t do without

List down any features that you feel are a hard requirement. It could be in terms of the range of the recording parameters, webcam capture, automated recording tools, or even editing features.

If you aren’t sure what features you may need, work backwards from how you intend to use the screencast software.

  • Identify any features that you really don’t need

By the same token, if there are any features you feel you really don’t need – list them out too. A prime example of this is if you already have and use a video editing software of your own, in which case you may not want or need any editing features in your screencast software.

While it won’t let you eliminate any options directly, this step can help you to decide whether or not a software is worth it. After all, is it worth paying for features that you really don’t need?

  • Take advantage of the free trial – if available

Many of the software options that you can choose from will have a free trial available, and you should take advantage of it. There is no better way to gauge how user-friendly it is, and whether or not it is a good fit for you.

If no free trial is available you may have to look at other ways of gauging the user experience. For example you could watch video guides, read reviews, or ask the opinion of users on social media or forums.

One software to record screen Windows 7, 10 and other versions that you should try is Movavi Screen Recorder. It is known for being user-friendly, and will give you full control over the recording parameters. Additionally it has other features to automate the recording, capture keyboard and mouse actions, record webcam video, and even trim out unwanted footage.

All said and done your focus should be on finding a screencast software that provides you with the features you want, is within your budget, and has a good user experience. The tips listed above should help you to do just that – so be sure to use them while you search.

 

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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