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Configuring CamStudio [ID:180] (2/4)

in series: Make ShowMeDos with CamStudio

video tutorial by Ian Ozsvald, added 04/07

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Having installed CamStudio you need to run through some easy configuration changes (time required: 10 minutes).

These are the important options:

  • Video options: CamStudio Lossless Codec v1.0 (Configure: GZIP level 1), Set Key Frames Every set to '5' via the Time Lapse slider
  • Audio Options:
    • Recording Format 22.05Khz mono 16 bit, Compressed Format MPEG 3 at 22050 Hz, Mono, 4000 Bytes/sec
    • Tick Interleave Every at 100 milliseconds
    • Tick Use MCI Recording (it can help with audio synchronisation)
  • Fixed Region: Tick Fixed Top-Left Corner, Width 800, Height 600

You might want to change the cursor-highlight:

  • Cursor Options: Tick 'Highlight Cursor' to high-light the mouse with a yellow background

There are screenshots in the wiki for Configuring CamStudio. You might also want the ShowMeDo wallpaper.

Uploaded on 9th April 2007, running time 8 minutes.

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30. DanyKroche Sat, 17 Apr 2010 14:35

Excellent! This helps a lot.

29. true religion sydney Thu, 11 Mar 2010 09:52

Useful video. Thanks.

Your videos were quite informative and enabled me to get up and running quickly.

27. anonymous Sat, 28 Nov 2009 11:26

This was a helpful video.

26. anonymous Thu, 22 Oct 2009 02:13

Fantastic job. thank you Ian. Thanks to your videos I was able to install CamStudio, configure it and record 3 short videos for my students before today's class.

25. anonymous Wed, 07 Oct 2009 04:19

The video was very helpful and it teaches a lot, thank you.

24. anonymous Wed, 07 Oct 2009 04:15

Ver,very good tutorial, thanks

23. anonymous Thu, 10 Sep 2009 07:31

Great help Ian.

22. anonymous Wed, 26 Aug 2009 11:02

Hi Ian, Really helpful, but cannot get my mike to work and your choice of video options camstudio lossless etc is not on my choice list. Maybe I should download latest version? I am trying out Article Video Robot which is pretty good as v simple and has audio music I can use, some good. Am wanting to create 101 videos on v bug issues (see a couple on facebook). I am moving to Spain so one option is to ask you if you want to help in exchange for free accommodation in v beautiful part of Souther Spain! Call me on 01403 871321

Could buy you a meal down the pub I suppose! Amazing, Dave married! Are you going to the wedding in Laos?


Graham Rawlinson

21. anonymous Sun, 23 Aug 2009 14:40

Thanks for the configuration options.

Helped me get smaller videos

20. anonymous Wed, 15 Jul 2009 12:07

Wonderful video-very helpful, so glad I landed on the showmedo site. I can't wait to have time to explore it more.



19. anonymous Tue, 30 Jun 2009 22:14

Thanks a million for that video, the last section helped me the most (how to set up the recording regions)

18. anonymous Tue, 05 May 2009 14:55

this is great so far!

17. anonymous Fri, 17 Apr 2009 19:14

Thank you for Show Me Do to configure CamStudio. Well Done!

I followed along while viewing the configuration video. Almost set, but still a few problems with Vista.

16. anonymous Tue, 14 Apr 2009 20:47

The output video file sizes can get "absolutely huge." I loved that comment! I really felt that you were truely flabberghasted.

I had me a 3 minute video weighing in at about 2.5 GBs. Top that baby!


Took a 258 MB .avi video file transcoded it with MS Expression Encoder into a .wmv at 7.5 MBs. Awesome!

Excellent tutorial. Annihilates the learning curve with extreme prejudice.

Good job.

13. anonymous Tue, 13 Jan 2009 17:48

I keep getting an error when I start recording and its really annoying me.

"Error recording AVI File using current compressor. Use default compressor?"

I followed all your instructions though.

12. anonymous Tue, 28 Oct 2008 05:44

Thanks for this helpfull page .

This help me a lot for my job .

One question : When I want to record with XVID , or DIVX , I get following error :

" error recording AVI file using current compressor . Use default ?"

On another computer , it works with same codecs !!!!

On this computer , I do not have any pb of codecs with other software

I have vista on both .

Any idea ?

Many thanks

11. anonymous Tue, 28 Oct 2008 04:03

Lipunun :

Thank you ! This help me a lot for my job .

One question : When I want to record with XVID , or DIVX , I get following error :

" error recording AVI file using current compressor . Use default ?"

On another computer , it works with same codecs !!!!

I have vista on both .

Any idea ?


10. anonymous Sun, 21 Sep 2008 06:34


9. anonymous Tue, 01 Jul 2008 12:59

Great information about camstudio, thanks very much. :) Simple, direct, to the point. It's a great jumpstart for us newbies.

*Thanks, it worked, at the _second_ attempt !*

I thought I had followed the first tutorial correctly, but when this one started i saw that my CamStudio window was mostly missing. It just had a title bar.

The problem seems to be a missing camcodec.dll on Vista, not found at the link you provided.

I found a copy at

Having installed that first, the installation of CamStudio (open source) then went ahead OK.

7. anonymous Sun, 15 Jun 2008 19:23

Review of Configuring CamStudio

Hi Ian,

Very useful. Thanks. However, I'm using VISTA on a new machine and camstudio codec fails to install. Do you have any ideas on that?

Thank you,


Hi Anon. I've since learned a lot about mic placement (this was recorded >1yr ago!) and now I use an expensive studio mic for my latest videos.

I'm glad you liked the series!


5. anonymous Thu, 20 Mar 2008 14:22

This is a very informative and well-presented series. Suggestion: When you're speaking, and say your 's' sounds, it whistles very loudly in my ear. That, in and of itself, wouldn't be so bad if I could just turn the volume down to suppress it, but the volume of your voice raises and lowers so often that if I were to lower the volume, I wouldn't be able to hear half of what you are saying. Just thought you ought to know. Maybe you can correct it by changing the placement of the mic.


Hi Grampa. You can download the FLV flash video file via the 'Download camstudio010.flv' link under the video.

FLV files play back in many players on Windows including the excellent VLC (

We don't host the original AVI files I'm afraid.



It would be really great if there was somewhere to download tutorials that not only show the setup but show how to actually use the program. Most of us have little techincal knowledge so an avi file would be wonderful. Is there somewhere I can download your Camstudio Tutorials in an avi format? thank you. 3's


Hi Jerol. Yes, Camstudio+CamStudio Lossless Codec is the preferred tool for Windows (or CamTasia for those who want to buy it).

800x600 is the preferred resolution but it is more of a maximum-resolution. Since we transcode down to 640x480 for these videos pages we begin to lose detail from larger recordings (e.g. 1024x768), so 800x600 is the preferred 'maximum' size.

If you want to record smaller, just choose a smaller multiple. 640x480 would work just fine, or anything that scales inbetween (e.g. 704x440) will look fine. If you don't keep the aspect ratio then you risk having the video coming into ShowMeDo squashed...but that's the worst that can happen (which isn't the end of the world!).

Making a Vim+IPython video would be great, of course we'll welcome it :-)


Great series Ian! I guess that Camstudio is now the preferred application (rather than HiCam). I have one question: you want to see submissions in 800 x 600 format for the screen region. Since that is my default display size, I have to make it a bit smaller to make it work right. Is there a smaller region that would work for you? (I am thinking of making a Vim with IPython tutorial.)


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