Screencast-O-Matic is a top screencast or rather a screen recording software that is open for free use in both an online and offline environment. It can be used on almost any device out there including Chromebooks, Mac, iOS, Linux, Windows, Android mobile devices among others, all with an aim to have your video delivered in the most professional way.
In fact, Screencast-O-Matic has played a very big role in education as it is very comprehensive in regard to tutorials, gaming walkthroughs, and other kinds of instructional clips that help the target audience better understand what you are putting across.
This program has a lite feel to it which brings about a ton of simplicity and consequently means the overall will not be any painstaking thanks to how straightforward it has been crafted. Apart from featuring a free version, this screen recorder also delivers a fully-featured paid version that I can confirm will be worth your every dime.
This recorder has been identified as one of the best script recorder tools as we will get to find out more on top of the ability to capture the entire screen, a selected region, coupled with audio from the mic and footage from the webcam when the need arises.
Screencast-O-Matic will suit your education, work, and personal instances making it an all-around screencast software that does not want you to keep jumping from one tool to another while you can get all the necessary features under one roof.
Let’s pause our review and have a quick look at some of the pros and cons that meet this app.
Pros & Cons of Screencast-O-Matic
- Ease of use – There is no steep learning curve whatsoever when it comes to this tool. You will not have a hard time getting around.
- Multiplatform – This tool covers the main platforms out there so you will not miss out on this train.
- Text to speech feature – In the instance you have a written script, this screen recorder and video editor can convert that to words and use it as audio in your video.
- Video compression – This feature will see to it that you obtain small video files but not at the expense of the quality.
- Limited free version – With the non-paid version of this program, your screen recordings cannot exceed 15-minutes.
How to Use Screencast-O-Matic
A Closer Look at the Screencast-O-Matic Features
Of course, for a piece of software to be considered reliable and powerful, it must bring to the table features that are indisputably nifty and overall very useful. And this is exactly what this tool has proven in this review.
It may not be a robust app but do not mistake that for lack of features. To understand just how amazing this screen recorder and video editor software is, here’s a rundown of what you are opened up to.
1). Intuitive Screen and Audio Recording
The simplicity that comes with Screencast-O-Matic is one of a kind and will not pose any hurdles especially for users coming across it for the first time. The user interface is very clear and concise with well-sized icons that are not hard to make out. To reiterate on this, if you do not want to bombard yourself with lots of options, you can simply hit the “Launch Free Recorder” button and you are set.
As a screen recorder, you can pick from the supported modes like recording the whole screen, the webcam, or even an application window. You also get to define the resolution to work with like 480p, 720p, 1080p, on top of great control over the audio sources – either from the system or microphone.
The screen and webcam can be recorded separately or together for that picture-in-picture personalization mode. And how about the feature where you can reposition a selected area without having to stop and resume the process.
2). Enhanced Ease of Use
As we mentioned, you are opened up to a simple user interface that is facilitated further by some extra nifty features. A preference menu is there for you to see to it that various tasks can be accomplished conveniently.
You have a range of hotkeys to put into use and at the same time a countdown option that comes in handy when you do not want to get caught off guard when the screencast process starts.
Not forgetting the webcam preview that lets you confirm that it is working without any issues before you even get to the actual recording process. To enhance ease of use, the interface will present a widget-like interface that will help you control the capture process.
3). A Special Scripted Recording Feature
In the instance you need to stick to a script, you can just type or import it to a script, record your narration of the script, and finally capture just the footage that fits into the script. This is a feature that is not in other software out there and hence very unique.
The implementation of this feature will go a long way to save you a great deal of both the time and effort that would have been used in retaking and editing out missed parts. You will definitely sigh in relief to know that your screen recordings are time perfectly.
Very few apps get to see this feature but our software of interest in this review has something to boast of just like the ActivePresenter counterpart that has a firm foundation in the education setting. With the real-time annotations, you can draw, paint, pan, zoom, take screenshots, overlay shapes and images, add closed captions, remove a watermark, without the need to stop or pause the screen record.
Remember that the captioning is largely automated and facilitates accessibility by being overly interactive. All these will help you achieve a lot and mainly come in handy to help the audience understand by identifying the directed areas of focus. As a result, your demo videos, tutorials, and gaming walkthroughs will achieve the intended goal.
5). Rich Animations
It is now time to make your video less boring and let it become even extra eye-catching. To achieve this, this lite and pro tool delivers several features that will sail you towards this goal easily. Give your screen capture that professional touch by zooming in or out, applying blurs, highlighting the mouse cursor, adjusting colors, sizes, and fonts, adding transitions, besides good control over the speed of the clip even if it is a specific portion of the video. Some annotations are also here for you like arrows, shapes, lines, and images, all of which you can apply as you see fit.
6). Screencast-O-Matic Video Editing
Normally, you will need to look for third-party software to help you edit your footage after recording but Screencast-O-Matic gets rid of all this hassle for you. It also happens to be an avid video editor that will refine your recorded videos to professionalism.
One thing though to note here is that the free version only lets you tinker with the beginning and end of the video, incorporating music, and adding closed captions. In fact, you get to choose between blank and text-to-speech captions depending on your preferences.
This video editor also has a new feature where it incorporates a stock library of images, videos, and music that you can grab and give your video that catchy feeling to it. The royalty-free library is categorized in a way that it is easy to find the media files that suit your needs. For those who love a transparent background for the webcam, you can just toggle the green screen effect and be good to go.
Screencast-O-Matic comes in Solo and Team Plans so that you can pick the one that fits into your requirements. These are subdivided into the less-features Delux and feature-packed Premier versions.
Solo Delux is priced at $1.65/month while the Solo Premier is at $4.00/month.
For the Team Plan that allows access from up to 10 computers, you have Team Delux at $9.50/month and the Team Premier at $17.50/month. The majority of the features are similar in these versions with only a couple being exclusive to the premium version.
Screencast-O-Matic strikes a good balance between simplicity and functionality making it still an ideal choice in regard to screen recording and video editing. It is also affordable considering there are other programs that will have you digging very deep into your pocket to enjoy the features provided. Try it, evaluate, and experience the features firsthand.