SMRecorder is a program that allows for capturing screenshots, videos or webcam sessions; To later record them in video (AVI format). It captures both the image and the sound, therefore it is used to capture streamings, to realize tutorials and record the own voice via microphone; And for many more activities. This is an alternative to Camtasia, but with the advantage of being free.
There are 3 main options: Desktop Video (record what happens on the screen), Camera Video (to record webcam) and Desktop / Microphone Sound (record only sound in MP3 format, using a microphone or audio output of any application, Chat session, etc.)
The program is easy to use since it requires simply a push of a button to start recording, with the possibility to select a specific area of the screen, or by default to capture the full screen. In case, for example, recording a Skype session or recording a webcam session with another application, you can only mark the area occupied by the camera. To do this, select the "Desktop Region" option and draw the area with the mouse.
This program allows to make video tutorials, for example explaining the use of a software, from the capture of the movements that the user is doing. It allows to add notes on the captures, with the possibility of applying a transparent effect, which can be regulated to give it greater or less intensity.
SMRecorder allows you to set the quality of the video to be recorded (resolution and number of frames per second), its duration (the recording is interrupted manually, but in case of recording a certain amount of minutes can be programmed), sound quality and some More parameters; But you can initially try the default values and then change in case the video is of a very large size, the quality is not as expected, or for some other reason.
Another interesting feature of this application is the ability to synchronize the audio with video that has been recorded during the capture process.
SMRecorder 1.3.2 is the latest version of this software grabber that is available for Windows, and you can download free. The latest update was launched in June 2014.