This is my updated review on the best free screen session recorder.
Again, the best program should meet following:
Usability – is the program and it’s interface easy to use/understand? Does the program is so easy to use that even monkey can use it?
Licence – does the program free?
Development – is the program still developing?
Record capability – can the program record anything on the screen and from the speaker/microphone? Can it even record secure desktop area like uac?
Video/audio quality – how well the output was produced. Does the graphics appeared blurly? Does the audio correctly follows the video?
Virtual machine/game recording – can the program record guest session from host? Can it record windowed/fullscreen games?
Documentations – does the program has any support documentations?
When it comes down to the best screen recorders, the real best one is the one that you can record your screen the way you want and you can comertially use it.
Camstudio: 10. Great app, it is the clear winner. I thought it can’t record virtual machine sessions, but it magicly works! It is also very easy to use – I think even a monkey can use it! It is also light on resource – it is just 2 mb in size of installer, and just 12 mb when installed. It can also be made portable – it’s settings are saved in .ini files like DeSmuMe – you can copy the whole content of the install folder and put it in your USB and use it anywhere you go! I think this is the only app that can be made portable. It also still developing, and it has a fair help resources.
BB Flashback Express: 9. This thing is cool – it has lots of options, and it is still developing. But it has a force-driver installation in which it will install a display driver, which is not good – I think not all video card is compatible with the driver and you might get a bsod! The output was also very choppy. But if you want to try, then this isn’t a bad choice at all. I don’t know if it has any help resource, but it might have.
Hypercam: 9.5. A little better than BB Flashback Express – it doesn’t have force-driver installation, and it’s quite light on resources. It’s output quality was great. It is also still developing. It also has good help documentations.
Debut: 8. It is my third choice – it’s extremely light – the installer size is less then 1 mb, it produces vedio in great quality, but audio seems to be a bit laggy, and it’s development isn’t so active. I don’t know if it has help resource or not.
DeSmuMe: 5. Although targetted as a DS emulator, it too has a build in screen recorder which can record games. It also records sounds and produces perfect quality of output. But on the downside, it can only record the game, it can’t record in fixed region or panning, and it seems to be broken right now.
All of these are top picks if you have any program to suggest then post them here along with the link to their sites so I can tes them out.