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Date: 2012mar3
Update: 2018oct27
OS: Windows

Q.  How can I make a movie of a Windows program in action?

A.  There are a number of choices:

- Icecream Screen Recorder
  Not bad.  Doesn't have an option to boost the microphone level which I need.
  I am sticking with version 5.02 because version 5.89 added a watermark.
  Uses webm formar by default which looks fine.
  https://icecreamapps.com

- BSR Screen Recorder
  I used this program but I'm not sure its the best -- but it gets the job done.
  It has an option to only record a portion of the screen which is
  essential for me.  It has a trial version (with a watermark)
  that you can try before paying.  It has an option to boost
  the audio level which is needed for some reason.  When your
  video is done it can convert it into small WMV format.
  http://www.bsrsoft.com

- Camtasia
  http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.html
  Has a cool zoom function.
  Paid software.  Trial version available.

- CamStudio
  Open source, no cost.
  http://camstudio.org

- Adobe Captivate
  Paid software.  Trial version available.
  http://www.adobe.com/Captivate