How To Video Your Computer Screen – For Free

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Want to learn how to video your computer screen? Take 5 minutes and you’ll have your own free system to record whatever you want right from your very own computer screen.

Screen capture systems are awesome for business presentations, video tutorials, and a great way to share whatever information you like to your friends, family, colleagues, or even with your blog audience.

There are a number of computer screen capture programs, but for one of the better programs that has both a free version and a super inexpensive premium version ($12/year), I recommend Sreencast-O-Matic.

The price is right and the functionality of Screencast is great. It’s easy to use, easy to publish to your computer via YouTube and in no time at all you’ll be sharing whatever you like that you can record from a computer’s screen.

How To Video Your Computer Screen – Let’s Start With A Video

The video below is produced by a colleague of mine from the Wealthy Affiliate Online Business Training Center. Wealthy Affiliate (WA) is the leading training program that teaches a few incredible skills, such as…

  • website development
  • SEO skills
  • content and video marketing
  • online business creation
  • affiliate marketing

Craig will be our presenter today and he’ll walk us through using Screencast-O-Matic to show you how to video your computer screen. Let’s begin.

The screen-cast that Craig made showed the keyword research tool called Jaaxy. Please check them out if you need help writing content that ranks, checking website rankings, and finding content ideas (just to name a few of Jaaxy’s awesome functionalities).

You can see how easy it was for Craig to use Screencast-O-Matic to video record his computer screen. You can freely speak about whatever topic you want to discuss as you are recording you computer screen and the end result of the video is very professional.

You can go to Screencast-O-Matic here and use it for free, you most likely will just need to install a free Java plugin.

Pros & Cons of Free Membership

The obvious benefits of the free membership of the computer screen capture system of Screencast-O-Matic sytem are obvious.

  • It’s free to use, no registration or log in
  • It holds up to 15 minutes of video which is plenty enough time to make a video – Remember that the most successful videos are short, sweet, and to the point in order to capture and keep your audience’s attention
  • You can publish your videos directly to YouTube in high definition
  • As well you can publish them to your computer and edit them with Windows Media Maker
  • You can publish to MP4, AVI, GIF, and FLV movie
  • PLUS, you’ve got that cool yellow circle highlighter to point out various things within your video that are relevant to whatever you are discussing during your video presentation
HOW TO VIDEO YOUR COMPUTER SCREEN Photo of features of screencast-o-matic

Screencast-O-Matic Free & Pro Versions Comparison Chart

The Cons of using the free version of Screencast-O-Matic’s to capture your computer screen video include:

  • Limited ability to edit your video to make it appear more professional
  • You have the screencast-o-matic watermark in your videos
  • You’re unable to publish to Google Drive, Vimeo, and other video media websites
  • Non access to editing and script tools
  • Inability to draw and zoom in while recording your videos
  • And you can’t add webcam recordings

How To Embed & Share Your Computer Screen Videos

This is really easy, once you’ve perfected your video using Screencast-O-Matic, you’ll have the option like Craig showed you in the above video to publish it to YouTube.

This is what I would strongly recommend versus downloading it to your computer and then adding it to WordPress or whatever content management system you use.


Because a YouTube video is going to take up much less space on your website than loading your video file directly into your media library in your Content Management System. Plus it’s much easier and quicker to do so.

You can also easily share your screen capture video on your social sites. Let me show you what I’m talking about using the screen capture video I made from Screencast-O-Matic.


Screencast-O-Matic is fun and easy to use and after playing around with it for a few minutes I was able to understand how to use it for my blog or for sharing something that I like with friends via email, Facebook, G-Plus, etc.

And if you want a little more professional version for editing your videos, I would highly recommend using the Pro Version, it’s pretty much nothing for $12/year.

I hope you have enjoyed this quick tutorial of how to video your computer screen using Screencast-O-Matic. If you have any questions, leave us a comment.


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