As a course creator, I understand how difficult it can be to select the best screen recording and video editing software, since there are numerous options available on the web, in various price ranges, and with different feature sets.

I think Screencast-O-Matic is one of the best tools that you can choose to record your online courses, or other types of videos that you are planning on creating.

To help you decide if Screencast-O-Matic is right for you, I'll take you through all of the software's features, giving you a verdict on each one, with screenshots.

This is to enable you to understand well how the software works and what it does, even if you haven't tried it yet.‌‌

To keep things easy, I'll give you a score for each feature, as well as an overall score for the entire platform at the end, so you don’t want to miss that.

So, without further delay, let's begin our feature-by-feature exploration of the Screencast-O-Matic software.

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Screencast-O-Matic Quick Pros and Cons

Here is a quick bird's eye view of our review:

ProscCons
Free version availableNo OCR functionality
Friendly for beginners useFree version has limited editing tools
Content privacy and security 15 minutes video length for free account
Unlimited videos
Annotate while recording or after
Lightweight

Product Overview

Screencast-O-Matic was launched in 2011 and has constantly improved in terms of both functionality and compatibility.

There is an absolutely free plan as well as paid plans, and there are no restrictions on how many recordings you can create.

It's a cloud-based service: once you've finished recording, your video file is posted to Screencast-O-Matic's server, where it will be stored until you need it again.

If you want to share or archive your videos locally on your computer or mobile device, you can download them as MP4 files.

Screencast-o-Matic includes a variety of useful video-making features. You may easily and quickly create a movie, then edit it with an intuitive editor that allows you to add effects, transitions, text overlays, background music, and more.

The software is a screen recorder that is available in both free and paid versions for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and Chromebook.

Screencast-O-Matic is used by course creators, businesses and individuals across the world for creating tutorial videos, video lessons, product demos and more.

‌It can record voice and video from your computer screen and allows you to submit the video straight to Screencast-O-Matic.com cloud storage, YouTube, or save it as a video file on your computer.

Screencast-O-Matic's interface is straightforward and clear, with no extra distractions. It's a simple screen capture and recording software that doesn't require any prior knowledge to operate.

The product is available in different versions categorized under:

  • Individual
  • Business
  • Education

The free version has a lot of capabilities and lets you capture your screen or webcam on Windows or Mac, but it also has a lot of limitations.

To get the most out of this software, you'll really need to subscribe to one of the paid plans.

How Screencast-O-Matic Works

With its easy-to-use video editor and screen recorder, Screencast-O-Matic screen recorder enables anyone to create beautiful videos.

‌‌You can quickly import your own videos, record your screen or camera, and mix clips.

You can add shapes, text, and images, as well as use auto-captions and import music. To keep your audience engaged, use fluid transitions and entertaining animations.

The screen recorder allows you to capture any part of your screen, as well as add video from your webcam and voice from your microphone.

Download and Install Screencast-O-Matic

By going to the Screencast-O-Matic website and clicking on Download, you can quickly start using the app.

This will take you to a page where you may download the software as an installer or a portable version.

If you wish to install it, follow the instructions from there; if you don't, click on Portable Version instead and follow the instructions, this time selecting where you want it installed at the end (desktop for example).

Then, anytime you're ready to use it, double-click on its icon!

Screencast-O-Matic Interface and Features

Screencast-O-Matic has many useful features, but the primary ones are:

  • Record your screencasts
  • Edit your screencasts
  • Upload your screencasts to the cloud
  • Share your screencasts with others, either publicly or privately
  • Create animations, illustrations or 2D games

It has lots of secondary features that are very important for course creators and educators

Screen Capture

Screencast-O-Matic does an outstanding job of recording a video of your screen, which is the primary capability of any screen casting software.

Its screen recorder features a very intuitive and user-friendly interface. The screen recorder is simple to use and virtually anyone can use it.

You must first sign up for one of their programs in order to begin recording your screen. There is a free trial version of the software available.

You can choose the maximum duration for your video, alter the size of the screen capture area, and use a microphone to add narration while filming.

Screen Capture - My Verdict

The screen capture feature is super easy to use. No instructions, no tutorials, and no courses needed!

Video and Image Editing

For all of your video editing needs, the Video Editor is the place to go. Split, speed up/slow down, and crop videos are all possible with this program. You can also use a variety of techniques to add graphics or text to videos.

Screencast-O-Matic got you covered if you want to capture your screen as a video.

H.264, MP4, MOV, and WMV are among the formats that can be recorded.

You can also change the recording settings, such as the size, bitrate, resolution, and frames per second (FPS) (frames per second).

The process of exporting video is extremely simple as well. Just click the “Export Video” button at the bottom of your screen and pick one of four options:

  • Full HD 1080p 60fps will get you a large file size but it'll look great on most screens.
  • High Quality 720p 30fps will give better quality than the former option but still result in a large file size.
  • Standard Definition 480x270p 30fps provides the highest resolution for smaller devices such as mobile phones or tablets.
  • Low Quality 240x135p 15fps gives basic quality that's perfect for sharing short clips online through services like Facebook and Instagram."

Taking a screenshot with Screencast-O-Matic is as easy as dragging the cursor over an area and letting it go to take a screenshot.

Some of the more advanced capturing features, such as tracing forms other than rectangles, timing and capturing scrolling windows, and catching text using OCR recognition, are not available.

There are lots of editing possibilities. Cropping and resizing an image, blurring and highlighting certain portions, and adding images and text are all options. Any changes can be readily undone.

How Video and Image Editing Works

The first step to creating your screencast is selecting the screen you’d like to record.

This can be done by clicking on the Capture button in the top right corner of your browser window and choosing whether you would like to record only a specific part of your screen or your entire desktop.

  • Once selected, click on Record and begin using your computer as normal.
  • Once you are finished recording, go back into Screencast-O-Matic and Click Stop Recording.
  • Now, you can have your video saved or export it so that you can share it with others online or edit it further if necessary.
  • To do this, click on Export in the top right corner of the screen and select either MP4 or WebM (WebM may work better with certain browsers).

You should now see two buttons at the bottom:

  • Save As File
  • and Upload To YouTube (you will also see these options if you did not select WebM earlier).

If all goes well, this should take less than a minute for each option.

  • If you want to add an overlay to your video, you can do that in the Video Editor. Overlays are images that appear over the video.
  • In addition to adding overlays, you can also adjust their opacity (transparency) so they fade into the background or disappear completely.

This is helpful if you want to show both a text overlay and your screencast at the same time without them interfering with each other.

To unlock every video editing feature, which allows you to enhance your videos and use overlays, animations and more, you need to upgrade to the paid version.

Video and Image Editing - My Verdict

The Screencast-O-Matic video and image editing features are great, they work perfectly and are intuitive and easy to use.  

Being able to share videos on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook (among other social media platforms) is very convenient.

Notice that you can only record a 15-minute video in the free version.

Content Hosting

Screencast-O-Matic provides limitless cloud storage and the ability to use its Channels to create a detailed video-based online course for your audience.

Channels are one of my favorite Screencast-O-Matic features. It's a simple method to organize and share related content on your Screencast-O-Matic account with your students or audience.

You may also organize your videos into playlists and create a channel for them. You have the option of making your channel public or restricting access to your videos to specific audiences.

How Channels and Content Hosting Work

You can share movies individually with your audience or create public, private, and password-protected channels when you submit them to your Screencast-O-Matic account.

Let's imagine that you want to share a series of classes with your audience on a specific topic.

You can build a specific channel for the topic, add relevant movies to it, and create a public URL to allow anybody to access your content with Screencast-O-Matic.

You can make your content password protected or limit access to authorized users only if you just want your students to see it.

After you've added videos to a channel, you may create a playlist by dragging them into the proper sequence.

You may also assign numerous channel managers to your team so that they can take care of everything for you.

Content Hosting - My Verdict

I like the built-in editor that allows you to trim videos, add voiceover and music before uploading it online or share them, with friends via social media channels like Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

This means you do not have to use another software to edit your videos.

Create Annotated Screenshots

Using annotated screenshots to demonstrate features of your course, product, or app is a great way to stand out.

Annotations make it easier for people to grasp what they're looking at by highlighting relevant features in the screenshot.

Annotations can be made for anything from online tutorials to personal notes taken in class.

Annotated Screenshots - My Verdict

I love the annotations feature in Screencast-O-Matic, they work perfectly and can be used by anyone to quickly enhance their videos and make them standout.

Overall, I think annotations are one of the most interesting features of the product.

Notice that annotations are part of the Premier plan.

Audio Capture

The app's voice capturing capability is fantastic. You can record sounds from your device or from a microphone or other audio input on your computer.

If you want to make videos with voiceovers recorded in another program, such as Audacity, Sound Forge or GarageBand, that is also an option.

Because the recorder starts recording right away when you press the "Start Recording" button, you'll want to double-check that everything is set up before pressing the "Start Recording" button.

I'd like some sort of a countdown timer so that I can get ready before the recording begins, and get some extra visual confirmation that the recording is going to start.

You can record sounds from your device or from a microphone or other audio input on your PC.

When you record straight from your device, the microphone on your phone or tablet serves as the recording source, with external microphones and audio inputs connected via the USB connection of any computer running Screencast-O-Matic.

Audio Capture - My Verdict

I like the fact that Screencast-O-Matic is easy and free. You can also organize your audio files and store them in different folders.

I don't like that I can only capture narration with the free version while requiring an upgrade to capture my computer's audio compared to others like Vimeo and Camtasia.

Stock Library

One of Screencast-o-most Matic's popular features is the Stock Library.

It not only gives you a centralized home for all of your assets, but it also allows you access to thousands of royalty-free photos and videos, as well as music, sound effects, and more.

To help you personalize your video, the Screencast-O-Matic stock library offers a variety of themes, music, and sound effects.

You can upload your own files to the stock library to preserve them in one place for future projects.

The stock library is also a location where you can save your own files for later use. You can upload images, movies, and audio to the stock library and then use them in a project later.

You may also search the stock library for files that other people have uploaded.

The resources they've shared will be accessible through your own account as well as any other account where you've been granted access (for example, accounts managed by others in your organization).

Collaboration Tools

Screencast-O-Matics collaboration capabilities allow you to collaborate on projects and assignments with others.

You can make a video by enlisting the help of friends, family members, or coworkers. Then, publish your videos and make them available to the rest of the world/

How it Works

You can invite people to work on your video with you like this:

  • "Invite Collaborators to Join" will be the first option.
  • This opens up an email message where you can attach your video, give them information on how to watch it, and ask them to join by clicking on an embedded link
  • The next step is to select which collaborators' sessions you'd like included in your collaboration session (you can add more later):
  • Once invited, there are two ways for collaborators to work together: via screen sharing or via audio only (no video).

Multi-Screen Recording

Screencast-O-Matic Multi-Screen Recording is one of the latest features, which allows you to record both your screen and your webcam at the same time.

This implies that when you capture a video of yourself, the viewer may see what's going on in real-time on your computer.

Simply click the Multi-Screen Recording button in the top right corner of the main window to use this feature. Two additional sections will show on your screen.

This means you can film a video of yourself while showing what's going on on your computer.

Screencast-O-Matic works by capturing whatever is displayed on your primary monitor and displaying it in the same window while you record.

This allows you to display your screen as if you were speaking directly to the camera, but it also allows you to display other items such as websites and papers.

Multi-Screen Recording - My Verdict

The multi-screen recording option in Screencast-O-Matic is a great way to capture both screen activity and webcam activity at the same time.

I love that it's great for recording everything from software tutorials, to gameplay, to vlogs and so much more.

Being able to add annotations to your video while you capture it with this function seems really cool.

Branding Your Business

Screencast-O-Matic provides an easy way to brand your business. Get started by selecting a Theme, Icon, and Banner that best represents your business brand.

Once you've finished these steps, create a short profile description which will help build an audience to engage with your content on the platform.

Finish off by adding descriptions to any videos that you wish to share with others and enjoy all the benefits of Screencast-O-Matic.

Branding your business is one of the easiest ways to stand out from the competition, and make your business much more recognizable.

Screencast-O-Matics Integrations

Screencast-O-Matic integrates easily with many of the popular platforms you're already using.

If you want to do something more advanced, like running your videos through a third-party video editor or using your own template, you can easily do that too.

Working with the Screencast-O-Matic video editor is a lot of fun. If you've captured a video, either through its desktop recording software, or through the mobile app, it's easy to get it into the editor for further editing.‌‌

However, there are a few other ways that you can get videos into the Screencast-O-Matic video editor.

Whether you're bringing in videos from YouTube or Dropbox or anywhere else, once you know these ins and outs of getting your videos into the Screencast-O-Matic video editor for editing, you can do a lot with your recordings.

YouTube Integration

You can use the Export Wizard to upload recordings directly to your YouTube account.

Step 1: Open the Export Wizard and select “YouTube” as the export destination.

Step 2: Click Next and choose which video you want to upload, then click Upload Now.

Integration with Google Drive or Dropbox

To import a video from Google Drive or Dropbox, follow the steps below.

  • Open the Screencast-O-Matic desktop app, and click on the gear icon in the top right corner.
  • Select “Import Video From…” from the dropdown menu, then choose either “Google Drive” or “Dropbox” depending on where you have your videos stored.
  • Click "Continue" to proceed with importing your video into Screencast-O-Matic!

If you are using the Screencast-O-Matic Chrome extension, you can also import your recordings directly from websites in supported applications like Slack and Trello.

Furthermore, Screencast-O-Matic has direct interfaces with a number of live chat and support platforms, like Help Scout,  Freshdesk, Zoho Desk, Olark,  Live Agent, and others, making it an excellent choice for quickly capturing movies and screenshots to give customer help.

Screencast-O-Matic Pricing

Screencast-O-Matic prices are grouped under two categories

1. Individuals and Business: For individuals and teams looking to easily create, edit and share content.

2. Education: For teachers, schools (such as colleges and universities)

My Final Verdict

Here are some of the major highlights of Screencast-O-Matic:

  • Easily record your screen
  • Easily create videos
  • Easily take screenshots
  • Easily share your screen and videos with friends and colleagues on several platforms
  • Easily annotate and comment on videos
  • Easily capture audio from your webcam, computer audio and external mic
  • Free image and video stock library

You'll agree with me after reading this review that Screencast-O-Matic has lots of features and is super easy to use.

Just hit the record button and go!

Screencast-O-Matic is the perfect screen recording software for just about anything. It's one of the easiest way to record your screen and share it.

With Screencast-O-Matic there's no limit on how long or short your videos can be, except the free version that offers only 15 minutes.

Overall, Screencast-O-Matic is an awesome screen recording tool, fully cloud-based and ideal for recording and editing online courses, so I recommend that you give it a try.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Screencast-O-Matic is without a doubt one of the most powerful screen recorders, with the free version allowing you to record videos from the screen as well as a camera.

If you're not a paid plan subscriber, though, you'll be limited to 15 minutes of recording time and your footage will be watermarked. You'll also miss out on the benefits of having a built-in video editor.

So, in this section, I'll compare and contrast the three finest Screencast-O-Matic competitors in terms of functionality, price, and reliability.

Screencast-O-Matic vs Camtasia

Camtasia, like Screencast-O-Matic, is more than just a screen capture program with a video editor. It's well-known for recording video tutorials, courses, how-to videos, and other types of videos.

You can record and edit videos more easily and quickly with its built-in templates, such as transitions, effects, text, and so on, allowing you to spend less time and produce better video recordings.

Both software are not so different, both have almost similar capabilities while Screencast-O-Matic has more integrations and a cloud storage.

Screencast-O-Matic vs Sharex

ShareX is a free open-source alternative to Screencast-O-Matic that allows you to record everything that happens on your screen.

The tool also includes a video editor, so you won't have to download one in addition to the screen recorder. The video editor includes features such as a screen color picker, DNS switch, annotations, direction indexer, and more.

Furthermore, you can send your screen capture to over 80 different locations with the program.

The major difference between the two are:

  • ShareX is free and open-source while Screencast-O-Matic has both free and paid plans
  • ShareX is not available on Mac

Screencast-O-Matic vs ActivePresenter

Screencast-O-Matic and ActivePresenter both have outstanding features. Like Screencast-O-Matic, the tool can correctly perform a screen recording operation for user tutorials, training presentations, or product demos.

Furthermore, there are no restrictions on the length of video that can be recorded. The only restriction is the extent of your storage space.

The software has a comprehensive video editor that allows you to clip out undesired video segments as well as other editing options such as intonation, captions, and blurring moving objects, among other things.