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Configuring CamStudio 2.0 On Windows XP [ID:021] (1/3)

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video tutorial by Ian Ozsvald, added 03/07

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CamStudio 2.0 is a free utility that lets you make ShowMeDos. There are plenty of options that can be configured - here we show you the right set of options to use so that you can start making your own ShowMeDos.

Note - be sure to check our Configuring CamStudio and Requirements pages in the wiki for details of how to record your own ShowMeDo screencasts.

2nd Note - note that we now prefer to use the CamStudio Lossless Codec rather than the MS Video Codec 1 mentioned in this video. We can use the MS Video Codec but we really prefer the excellent CamStudio codec.

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13. Mon, 19 Jul 2010 15:27

Great explanation. Thanks.

12. Bogner Deutschland Skifahren Warm Halten 2015 Wed, 23 Jun 2010 01:14

All I can say is WOW! This is concise,clear instructions. Been looking for something like this to start recording my very first videos. Thanks. Continue you good works.

11. Garage UKA Sun, 14 Feb 2010 18:35

Great little intro on Camstudion settings. Keep up the good work!

10. anonymous Wed, 25 Nov 2009 07:34

Nice and clear although it is marked as deprecated.

9. anonymous Wed, 09 Sep 2009 21:24

Alot of important information very understandable. Verygood!

8. anonymous Tue, 21 Jul 2009 20:59

How do you get the CamStudio SWF producer to create a progress bar so that you can drag to the point in the video you wish to go to?

7. anonymous Tue, 19 May 2009 20:57

Clear and concise

Wanting to assess whether to use this freebee or buy a similar product before we lose our budget

6. anonymous Tue, 27 May 2008 18:48

Thank you. Was looking for the compression issues. Did learn but not that.

5. anonymous Wed, 12 Sep 2007 06:41

Thank you very much!

That was very imformative for me!

Hi Jack. I really ought to update these screencasting videos, we've learned so much in the last 6 months!

We have more tips and help now, there is also a section in the wiki detailing all the knowledge you'd need (see the link right at the top of this page - We Need You!).



good information,

left me making a video, with the knowledge that if I create a ShowMeDo that it would meet your requirements to get the video posted to the net

Hi Kelie. The Microsoft Video Codec is an old codec, it does indeed produce very large files. For ShowMeDos we transcode the MS Video Codec 1 files using QuickTime which results in a much smaller file (about 1mb per minute for a 640x480 screencast).

If you just want to compress the files to send them to us, you can use <a href="">7-zip</a>, it works just like WinZip but produces much smaller files. If you want to make smaller AVIs for your own use you'll either have to transcode them using a utility like QuickTime (which you have to purchase from Apple), or you can reduce the quality settings.

You could also use a different codec (e.g. <a href="">CamStudioCodec10</a>). Be aware that if you use a different codec and you want other people to watch the video, they'll need the codec installed on their machine too.

Hello Ian,

Thanks a lot for the ShowMeDo about CamStudio. I can definitely make use of this software. After doing a couple of test recordings, I found the video qualities are good enough but file sizes are quite big, about 60MB for less than 60 secs of video. I'd like to know what is the way to compress the video (.avi) file.

Best regards, Kelie Feng

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