by Martin Brinkmann on November 20, 2013 in Software - 35 comments
There are a couple of situations where you may want to record part of or all of your desktop on video. Maybe you want to create a tutorial for others and upload it to YouTube when it is done, or record a video or audio stream for safe keeping, or just a video for your new web service.
Whatever the reason may be, the search for a suitable program to make that recording may take longer than expected.
The core reason for this is that there are not that many free solutions available, and while you can spend a couple hundred Dollars on Camtasia Studio for one of the best recording solutions on the market, free software gets the job done as well.
A recent entry to the niche is VSDC Free Screen Recorder. As the name suggests, a free program for the Windows operating system that you can make use of to record any part of your desktop, and yes, that includes full screen.
VSDC Free Screen Recorder
The installation should not pose any issues -- there are not any third party offers included in the installer right now -- and the program interface itself is streamlined as well to make things as easy as possible.
In fact, you can start recording right away with a click on the button to get started. The program uses the recommended settings in this case.
If you want more control, or at least check what those default settings are, you may do so in the same interface.
The first screen lets you select the desired output video format. It can either be native PCM or a custom MPEG4 format by default. You can change that selection with a click on the Settings button here as it displays a menu where you can select any installed video or audio codec for use in the recording.
Note: The output directory change does not seem to work right now. While it is possible to select a different location, recordings will still be saved to the default save directory (in the My Video folder).
Now that you have configured the video and audio format, you may want to switch to the video and audio sources tab to configure those settings as well.
Here you can select the monitor you want to record -- handy if you use a multi-monitor system -- whether you want the cursor to be visible in the recording, and if you want to use overlays. These overlays highlight whenever you click the left or right mouse button, and also may add click sounds so that viewers know about mouse activities.
The audio settings let you pick one of the connected capture devices and audio input levels.
Once you hit the start recording button, you will notice that a transparent rectangle is displayed on the screen. It depicts the recording area, and you can use the mouse to change the frame to customize it and make it fit perfectly.
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The small icon in the middle of the rectangle is used to move the recording frame around in case you need to position it on the screen before you start the recording.
You can enable drawing options while you are recording. This lets you paint on the screen, e.g. display lines, text, or rectangles which can be useful to visualize certain screen elements.
I ran into no recording troubles during tests. The output quality was great and the program delivered exactly what I wanted to achieve.
The recording directory bug is the only issue that I noticed, and it is likely being fixed soon by the developers so that you can pick a custom directory for the video recordings.
VSDC Free Screen Recorder is one of the easiest to use free desktop recording applications out there for Windows. Highly recommended.
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VSDC Free Video Editor is a non-linear editing system (NLE) published by Flash-Integro, LLC. The program is tailored for editing digital video and audio files in various formats including high-definition and ultra-high-definition resolutions, offering professional post production effects, as well as the ability to export in 4k resolution, capture video from screen, record voice, burn discs, save multimedia files to a number of supported formats and publish them on Facebook, Vimeo, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter.
- 4Effects and transitions
VSDC Free Video Editor does not require any specialized hardware to run properly, allowing it to operate on Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8/10.
The layout consists of timeline area, scene area, status bar, quick access toolbar, editing tools(standard tools, paper tools, layout tools), command bar with media library (video and audio effects, transitions), properties window and resource window. The timeline area has a by-frame / by-second track and adjustable layer layouts. Wizard sequence feature offers express transition effects and defines sequence of digital objects on the scene.
A user can either import video, audio or images from computer hard disk drive, or capture video from camera and computer screen.
Supported import formats:
Video formats: WebM, AVI, QuickTime (MP4/M4V, 3GP/2G2, QuickTime File Format), HDVideo/AVCHD (MTS, M2TS, TS, MOD, TOD), Windows Media (WMV, ASF, DVR-MS), DVD/VOB, VCD/SVCD, MPEG/MPEG-1/DAT, Matroska Video (MKV), Real Media Video (RM, RMVB), Flash Video (SWF, FLV), DV, AMV, MTV, NUT, H.264/MPEG-4, MJPEG, H265/HEVC.
Audio formats: MP3/ MP2, WMA, M4A, AAC, FLAC, Ogg, RA, RAM, VOC, WAV, AC3, AIFF, MPA, AU, APE, CUE, CDA.
Image formats: BMP, JPEG/JPG, PNG, PSD, GIF, ICO, CUR.
Editing and output
Any digital object may be dragged and dropped anywhere on the timeline. Once on the timeline, video can be duplicated, split, cut, muted, cropped, flipped, rotated, played backward, resized, etc., its speed can be slowed down or increased; audio may experience amplitude and delay effects, filters, tempo and rate change, reverse effect, etc.; color corrected and enhanced.VSDC Free Video Editor gives the opportunity to save an output file to a computer hard disk drive with the resolution based on the targeted device (PC, mobile devices, iPhone/iPod, MP3/MP4, Blackberry, etc.), adjust bitrate, framerate, quality or burn to DVD disc.
Supported output formats:
Video formats: AVI, DVD, VCD/SVCD, MPEG, MP4, M4V, MOV, 3GP/3G2, WMV, MKV,RM/RMVB, FLV, SWF, AMV, MTV, Webm
Audio formats: MP3, M4A, AAC, OGG, AMR, WAV
Image formats: BMP, JPEG, PNG, GIF
Personal computer, various DVD players, iPod/iPhone/iPad/iTunes, cell-phones and smartphones, Samsung, HTC, LG, Huawei, Google, Xiaomi, OnePlus, Sony PSP, PlayStation, Xbox, BlackBerry smartphones, Zune, Archos, iRiver, Creative Zen media players, Windows handheld PC and other portable MP3/MP4 players, action cameras (including GoPro Hero 4 and 5) and all drone types.
VSDC is among the fastest to export a 2.5-minute video shot at 60 fps and 30 fps when compared with other free Windows video editors.
Effects and transitions
- Cutting, splitting and merging video and audio tracks;
- Speed change;
- Splitting a video file into audio and video tracks and editing them as separate objects;
- Text and subtitles insertion;
- Integrated video downloader;
- Integrated converter tool supporting more than 20 formats;
- Integrated screen recorder;
- Slide-show wizard offering 70+ transition effects to make one object smoothly go into one another, dissolve or overlap two video or image files;
- Zoom effect - magnify or reduce the view of the image;
- Snapshots - capture a particular moment of a video clip.
- Gradient tool supported;
- Deinterlacing filter added;
- Blending modes and a mask tool supported;
- Instagram-like filters and Quick styles tool for express color correction
- Color correction (brightness, temperature, contrast, saturation, gamma, etc.) effects - allow adjustment of tonal range, color, and sharpness of video files and images;
- Grayscale effect creates a black and white video image;
- TV effects (Aging TV, Broken TV, Noise TV) – either create an old movie effect adding scratches, noise, shake and dust to video, as if it's being played on an old projector, or make a torn film footage effect when a video's occurring from the bottom part of the screen and is disappearing in the upper part;
- Blur and sharpen effects - visually smooth and soften an image, or make video image better focused;
- Pixelazation effect – imitates enlarging of a digital image further than the resolution of the monitor device;
- Audio amplitude effects (normalization, fading in and out, amplification) helps to correct audio track;
- Delay, time-stretch and reverse effects are tailored to give the audio track the relevant sounding: as if sung by a chorus, stretched in time or played backward;
- Simultaneous work with several audio tracks;
- Sprite option - several objects on the scene can be gathered into a sprite in order to apply needed effects on an entire group of objects and save space on the timeline;
- Movement – the objects on the scene can move following the set trajectory;
- Animation – illusion of motion and change of any static objects on the scene by means of the rapid display of a sequence of these objects;
- Chroma key option - add video overlay half transparent so that only part of it is visible and all the rest disappears to reveal the video underneath;
- 3D charts including Pie, Radar, Torus, Bar, Bubble, Spline, Step Line, Spline area, Funnel, Pyramid, etc. for optimized display of any complex data;
- Copyright information record to the output file;
- Editing of 2k and 4k resolution videos.
- Video stabilization
- Voice Over feature
- 360 video editing
- 3D video editing
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Update: The latest version of VSDC features a vastly improved user interface, with a smart new dark design and the ability to detach the timeline. This gives you a lot more flexibility with your free video editing software, particularly when working on multiple monitors.
The software now also supports 360-degree video, and allows you to export clips at 120fps. There are look-up tables (LUTs) for pro-level color grading too, and automatic alignment when dragging objects. Original review continues below.
VSDC Free Video Editor is a feature-packed non-linear video editing suite that can compete with even expensive editing software. There are no extra programs bundled in the installer – just the occasional prompt to upgrade to the premium edition.
VSDC Free Video Editor
Download here:VSDC Free Video Editor
Operating system: Windows
With VSDC you can create video projects from a combination of video clips, still images and audio files, with a resolution of up to 1,980 x 1,080 (full HD) and a maximum frame rate of 30fps. There's also a built-in screen capture tool for recording video and taking still images from your desktop – ideal for software reviews and tutorials. VSDC also offers an extensive range of video and audio filters, plus stylish transitions.
You can export finished projects in a variety of formats, with handy ready-made profiles for popular devices. VSDC also provides a way to burn your project onto DVD – a feature rarely available in free editing software.
Videos in VSDC Free are made up of 'objects', which include video clips, images, audio files, sprites, animations and many other elements. You can layer these in various ways, including blending, overlaying, and masking. If you're interested in picture-in-picture or watermarking effects, this is an incredibly simple way to do it.
You can also add charts and text, which makes VSDC a brilliant tool for creating presentations with much more impact than a standard slideshow.
Each object you add can be edited, moved and cut independently – nothing is final until you export your finished project. The audio and video effects are well worth exploring. They include various Instagram-style filters, as well as special effects like fire, smoke and water – all of which are fully customizable.
If all that isn't enough, VSDC Free receives regular updates that add even more features. The latest version is significantly faster than previous iterations, and includes a stabilization tool that's ideal for footage shot with a shaky smartphone. It also enables you to upload multiple files to YouTube (if a project has been split into multiple parts, for example), and there's a new smart export profile for Instagram.
The premium version of VSDC Video Editor is even faster thanks to integrated hardware acceleration, but this isn't available in the no-cost program and you won't be able to export your project if it's enabled. To disable hardware acceleration in the this version, select the cog icon in the top right, click 'Acceleration options' and uncheck the box marked ‘Use hardware acceleration for encoding video’.
VSDC Free Video Editor is now available as a 64-bit version, offering much faster performance. There are new text outline settings, and various other additions and bug fixes. For full details, see the developer's release notes.
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Posted by2 years ago
Video is choppy using VSDC editor
Hey guys 1st post here, i was looking for a free personal use video editor and after seeing great reviews online i downloaded VSDC free editor, i cant get past previewing my video lol, it comes way choppy, I used my garmin virb to video while running , the settings on the virb are 1280x720 at 29fps, i put these settings in VSDC and it did not help, i even tried lowering the fps and frame some and nothing. Can someone give me some suggestions on how to correct this or is there any easier free video editor i can use.
Posted by2 years ago
VSDC Video Editor - anyone use this?
As I've still not been able to justify investing in either Sony Vegas or Adobe Premier, I stumbled upon this program as a way to insert overlays and one one particular PC I have it works pretty well. It's published by a company called FlashIntegro and well, it's free.
There are some compatibility issues with Windows 10 that the publisher doesn't seem interested in addressing. You can spend joyful hours carefully arranging your video, images, audio, overlays splits, etc etc and then have it tell you it cannot complete the video conversion.
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I've been able to use it successfully on one of my older PC's with Windows 10, no clue why there isn't a compatibility issue there. Maybe because that machine is 'barely' running Windows 10 and is slow as hell.
Just wondering if anyone else has had luck or success with this program and if you'd share your experiences?
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