Creating screencasts

We rarely write about software on this blog, but I am currently in the process of creating some screencasts for online training material. I tried several free applications, such as Jing, to produce the videos, but they were all so restricted in some way, or difficult to use, that I was starting to wonder how I was to do it. I have known for many years that Camtasia is considered the leading product in this field, but can’t afford to buy it at the moment. However, they do offer a 30-day trial with no functional restrictions. I have to say that I am massively impressed by it. I find it incredibly easy to use and its flexibility is amazing. What surprised me was the degree of editing you can do within the application, rather than having to use specialised software, for audio editing for example. Once this job is finished, I fancy using the “green screen” function to have some fun with! I will certainly do my best to afford this product once the trial is over.

If anybody does think they have an application that is also really good in this area, do let us know in a comment.