6 Best Free Alternatives to Camtasia for Mac and Windows

Camtasia Free Alternative

There are many video recording software’s which you can use on your desktop to create screencast or even to record yourself. Camtasia is one of those software which is designed especially for beginners who wants to start with video blogging or screen casting, which offers feature such as ”

  • Recording screen
  • Recording your face
  • Editing the video
  • Adding the video effects and so on.

They offer 90 days free trial which is a good way to start with this powerful piece of software for your video blogging, you can grab your 90 days free-trial right now from here. Even Harsh uses the same software for his Youtube channel and it’s listed in ShoutMeLoud blogging tool-kit.  The fact that is available for both Mac and Windows along with its ton of unique features, it is definitely a viable option for those who make good deal of instructional matter and video guides for their YouTube channel.

Camtasia Studio offers out of the box features that would make you forget the need for any other software for making instructional content. Camtasia Studio allows you to create powerful screen recoreded videos with additional content of your own, ready-to-use themes, animated backgrounds, graphics, callouts, and clickable links in videos that make it the best software to engage your audience.

Given all its benefits, its latest version has a steep price of $299! That’s a lot for someone who releases occasional instructional videos or content. The price for the software is justifiable if the user is a regular maker of such content. It is worth a one-time investment for such users. You could also download the free trial and see for yourself if you decide to make the plunge. This software would definitely not disappoint you. If you want to see what kind of videos you can create using this amazing video tool for bloggers, check out Harsh official youtube channel.

Alternatives to Camtasia for Mac & Windows

Now, what if you release occasional instructional content and you are planning on splurging $299 on this software? Well, we’ve got you covered. There are a few great FREE alternatives to Camtasia Studio to bring out the teacher in you.


Download (Windows)


CamStudio is an open-source alternative to Camtasia Studio. It has been updated very recently, which removes the bugs in its previous versions. CamStudio is great to record on-screen and audio activity on your computer and create AVI video files.

CamStudio can also convert it into Streaming video files for online streaming of the same. Although it lacks a few features from Camtasia, this definitely is a must for occasional instructional video producer, based on a Windows system.


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EzVid is another great Camtasia alternative for the Windows user. Ezvid’s latest version includes screen recording, which can capture ongoing activity on your screen. This software does not support Video editing, like in Camtasia Studio.

EzVid captures videos in clips and adds to the timeline and you can edit it from their, no need for other video editing softwares. Ezvid also supports uploading your captured screencasts to YouTube. It supports  a wide range of video formats for user convenience.

Expression Encoder

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Expression Encoder 4

Expression Encoder 4 is the latest version of the screencast software by Microsoft for Windows based systems. With Expression Encoder 4, you can record a screencast of your screen activity while simultaneously capturing the webcam video and audio narration from a microphone. Alternatively, you could also capture screen activity first and later add a voiceover, using its Audio Overlay feature.

Its only limit is a no-longer-than 10 minute video. For longer videos, you would have to upgrade to the Expression Encoder Pro version.


Download (Windows & Mac)

Techsmith Jing

Jing is one of the great free tool by the same developer – TechSmith for both Windows and the Mac systems. However, its only drawback is that it allows users to only record screens up to 5 minutes. For recording beyond 5 minutes using this software, you may have to upgrade to the pro version.

Jing is a great tool for recording demos, presentation and how-to tutorials. It can capture audio the same time it records your screen and you can also customize the area it captures.


Download (Windows, Mac & Web-based)


Screencast-O-Matic is basically a web-based screen recording tool, but it also offers standalone software for both Windows and the Mac systems. The web-based application requires Java to record screencasts.

Its drawback is that could only record videos upto 15 minutes, for longer videos than that, you would have to upgrade to their pro version.

Also, another major drawback is that it doesn’t allow customizable screen area selector, it has some p re-defined screen areas for users to choose from. Screencast-O-Matic allows to add ‘moment-specific-notes’ for users to skip to their chosen part.


Download (Windows)


Webinaria is another free screen recording software that supports only Windows users. This software, just like the previous ones, can be used to record any activity on your desktop screen. It supports audio narration along with the video, and can upload to the web in FLV format.

You can edit your recordings by selecting the screen recording area and also option to edit video quality. This software only outputs videos in FLV format, so for AVI or other formats, you need to use an independent video converter. Webinaria also allows users to add text inputs in its videos.

So, what do you think about Camtasia’s $249 software and its Free alternatives? Which software works the best for your screencasts? Shout out your thoughts and comments below.

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A Shouter whose articles got mentions from the likes of The New York Times, Kissmetrics and AllTopStories. He writes articles, novels and poems; spends most of his time reading everything he could get his hands on. Srikanth is currently pursuing his Masters from The University of Illinois and holds a Bachelors in Electronics Engineering from the University of Mumbai. He is a programmer, a motivational writer and speaker.


COMMENTs ( 9 )

  1. says

    I’ve used Cam Studio in the past and found it to be a pretty good alternative. It was a little challenging to edit videos back then, but I imagine they’ve improved the options for recording, pausing, etc.

  2. Nishant Bazzad says

    I am still using Camtasia to record my videos but now I think it’s time to give a chance to others after seeing your list.

  3. says

    I sometimes make videos over cam-studio and it works great for me. I will try others as well now. Thanks for making the list of free recording software. Not to mention Srikanth you are a great interpreter. Hope to see more articles from you.

  4. Satish Kumar Ithamsetty says

    Thank you for great list Srikanth. Camatasia and Jing are very good and simple tools. Along with this FastStone Capture is another great alternative software.

  5. Veeramanchineni Lalitha says

    Screen capture Professional’ is another great option, and importantly free as well. Should try it !

  6. Sushil Rajput says

    Thanks for bringing this these resources to our attention. I was familiar with Jing, but hadn’t yet used any of the other programs before your post. I had only previously used Camtasia Studio, but after giving Cam Studio a try, good call. It’s a viable cost-effective alternative. Thanks again!

  7. sandeep singh says

    I have full version of Camtasia Studio, and i tried many free software also but camtasia is awesome :D

  8. Noufal Binu says

    thanks srikanth, i love all of them before i was edited video effects with “adobe after effect’ but its so risky for beginners now and i want simple editings these tools are very familiar to my video editings. very smart tools….