As a longtime tutorial maker, reviewer, and general tech nerd I am used to screen capture or screen recording. Many of you reading this have used this type of software at one time or another if not regularly. I have relied on Camtasia these past years as it checks most of the boxes I need from a screen cap application.
That being said I don’t always have Camtasia with me. In fact… I never have Camtasia with me so when I was told about RecordCast.com I jumped on the opportunity to take a look at it. As someone that regularly edits his own videos, I was interested to see what they had to offer.
Being no rookie to this I have tried other free screencap apps over the years and found them lacking in one form or another. I’ll profess to being spoiled by Camtasia. I haven’t been looking for an alternative, but they don’t give Camtasia away whereas RecordCast is freely available and without an account if you desire. At least I never created one to test it out for this review.
RecordCast is browser-based with access anywhere you can get a decent internet hookup. We are talking about video and audio so there has to be at least a good internet connection. After that, all you need are the usual tools to record with such as a webcam and/or microphone.
I jumped over to the RecordCast.com homepage and, as tech folks tend to do without reading anything, I immediately hit the big pinkish-red Start Recording button and found nothing to complain about from this point on and I was looking for something to gripe about.
Let’s get to the point… it is so simple to use in its basic recording feature that it needs no explanation and that checks off the required “ease of use” box without the need to go document diving. If you have experience with this type of software or video editing then you will most likely breeze right on through without a second thought.
To give an example the next page after pressing the Start Recording is a simple but nice webpage with three graphical/text options:
1. Screen + Webcam
2. Screen Only
3. Webcam Only
As bad I want to explain those three choices (being a verbose tech writer) let’s not waste more time with the obvious. If you are looking for this type of application then you know what those choices are. I eventually tried all three.
The only problem I ran into was after the initial recording I wasn’t able to trigger the download without starting a new browser session. I lost a couple of test recordings that went straight to their online editor and no way to download without an account. Closed the browser, re-opened and it worked again, triggering a download after you selected that option.
Registering with the service would probably solve this problem. As to what happens to any video recorded with the service… I have no idea. You will have to find that out for yourself as I couldn’t find any info on that. I’m guessing with an account it can be stored but I have no idea what happens to videos that are recorded with no account as I couldn’t find readily available info on it.
The online editor seems good enough to get the job done but I prefer to use my own editor, so I didn’t take a deep dive, but it had some nice features like:
· Media – Import/Record
· Text - Title boards, sub-titles, attention grabbers, and so forth
· Background – Color backgrounds
· Element – Drag and drop goodies like arrows, icons, logos, emojis, and more.
· Overlay – More drag and drop elements, some with animation.
As you can see I’ve only given it a quick test using all three recording options and it was all positive. I’m glad to have used the online service to know it’s available come spring and summer when I’m on the road.
M.D. McCallum, aka WarLord, is an international award-winning commercial graphics artist, 3D animator, published author, project director, and webmaster with a freelance career that spans over 20 years. Now retired, M.D. is currently working part-time on writing and select character development projects. You can learn more about MD on his website.