Desktop Recording Programs

Create a record of your actions by recording your computer’s desktop.

Desktop recording software creates screencasts, which are recordings of movement and actions on the computer desktop over a period of time. You could record the desktop when installing an application to explain the point of failure to a computer technician. Use desktop recording software to create instructional videos, demonstrate developing a software application, or record errors on a operating system as a point of reference.


1AVCenter records the entire screen or a section thereof, automatically formatting the file to AVI or WMV. The program can add audio from a WAV, WMA or MP3 file; and can incorporate video from the web or a media player. 1AVCenter gives you access to several different functions, such as capturing videos and screenshots, remotely monitoring the desktop and broadcasting your screen in real-time. This program runs on Windows 2000, XP and Vista 32-bit.

Total Screen Recorder

Total Screen Recorder can record any section of a user’s desktop. Once recorded, it can convert the screencast files to AVI, WMV, SWF or FLV. Besides recording cursor movements, Total Screen Recorder can record streaming and webcam video. In addition, this desktop recording program can create slide shows to use as training documents.

Camtasia Studio

Camtasia Studio is a desktop screen recording and editing software for Windows. This program can record HD-quality video, and also has video presets for YouTube, the iPhone and the iPod. The time-lapse animation feature allows you to include more screen movements in a single frame. Camtasia’s features include titles, slides, transition effects and image transparency. In addition, it can record in wide-screen HD format.

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