Screencast-o-Matic Logo Screencast-O-Matic is an easy to use and incredibly useful web-based service that lets you record your screen or a portion of it and create screencasts online.

The bast part about it, is that it lets you create screencasts directly from their website, without having to download or install any screencasting software.

With this service you can upload your videos directly to YouTube once the Screencast is created. You can also download the Screencast to your computer.

Screencast-O-Matic Usage:

It’s not necessary to register with the site to use this service. You can visit the site, record your screencasts and export them to your computer.

However, if you are a registered user you can view specific screencasting channels as well as keep your screencasts online on their website.

The screencasts are created using JAVA – so you need to make sure you have Java enabled in your browser (this is not the same as Javascript, you may keep it disabled if you want).

Screencast-o-matic Recording - © TechNorms

Once you click on create screencasts button on the main page – a java Applet would load which would then let you select the screen size which you want to record. As shown below we have selected an area resolution of 642×508.

You may also select one of the various preset sizes provided on the recording toolbar, which range from a 640 X 480 to HD and Fullscreen.

Preset Resolutions - © TechNorms

Screencast-O-Matic Features Overview:

  • Create Screencasts online with and software download or install.
  • Create Screencasts in custom resolutions or in Full screen or even in Hi-Def.
  • Make an instructional video by adding notes to the Screencasts whenever needed.
  • Export Screencasts to your Computer in different video formats.
  • Directly upload and share Screencasts on YouTube.
  • Embed Screencasts on any webpage.

Visit Screencasto-O-Matic.

  • Web-based screen recorder is very convenient to use, free, no need to install anything and offers a quick publish solution. On the other hand, it can't allow you to edit your screencast and only support a few kinds of video format outputs.

    Well, can you introduce some paid screen recorders as well? It's good to make comparison.

  • I agree with you Landry. Web-based screen recorders do have their limitations, but they are good for quick screencasts – like an instructional video about a webpage and for guys who aren't looking for a professional looking and impeccable video.

    I will however, look into good quality Free and Paid Screen Recording software and post about it. Thanks for the comment.

  • Thanks for your reply Viki.

    Recently I am searching for some low-costed shareware for creating decent screencast and really enjoying the trial. I wonder if the developers of web-based/free screen recorders can add some useful feature as well. Just a little is OK.

    Hope to read your comprison review ya 🙂


  • You're most welcome Landry. 🙂

    I will certainly look into the available web-based/desktop screencasting applications. I would like to write about the best applications first for our readers to have a choice. Then, for sure, we can make a nice comparison review.

    Like always, Thanks for your thoughtful comment.

  • This isn't a review so much as it is an advertisement. Without an empirical review the post is MUCH less useful. I can do a Google search for screencast and get more info than is provided here so I'm not sure why you bothered unless it was to drive hits to this site but now I know not to come here because there is no information. Anyone can get a hit, it's return visits that make a site grow and this site is now in the ignore list of my proxy.

  • This information is more so for our subscribers and regular readers than visitors from search engines.

    As a blog our main motive is to regularly supply our regular readers with new websites and software we discover. We are not Wikipedia, to write everything possible for a specific website. You get general overview here and if interested you can check out the website or software itself.

    If the search engine decided to bring us in the top 10 results within 10 days of posting – that is because in general we have detailed information on topics and have links from authority websites.

    I am all open for criticism and are prepared to improve accordingly – but this just isn't something we can improve upon. If something isn't broken – it doesn't need to be fixed.

    Thanks for taking the time to write the comment anyway.