Part 2 Using Free Screen Recording Software

May 14, 2010 · Filed Under Genealogy 


In today’s video, Part 2 of How To Create A Family History DVD, I look at how to set up and record your slideshow presentation using Camstudio, a free screen recording program.

Free screen recording software lets us record the activity on our screen and saves these as video files. It also allows us to use a microphone to add our own audio narrations to any screen recording.

Once we have recorded our slideshow and saved our video files using screen recording software, we can then edit, add voice overs or music to our slideshow using video creating/editing software.



Just a few tips to make sure the screen recording of your slideshow goes smoothly. Write a script and have that in front of you as you narrate your slideshow. If you have two computers you could even have one using a free auto cue program just like real TV. lol.

Also don’t worry about how many video files you create, as we can easily join them up later. I think we used about 15 video files to create just over one hour of my friends family history DVD.

While we have used a free screen recording or screen capture program to record our slideshow presentation, there are also a number of other ways in which you can use free screen recording software.

You can use free screen recording software to create demonstration videos for any software program or create a set of videos answering your most frequently asked questions? You could also also create video tutorials for school and college or even video-based information products you can sell.

Some of the other free screen recording programs you might like to try are, Jing or VirtualDub.

Part 1 of How To Create A Family History DVD can be found here.

Hope you enjoyed today’s video on using free screen recording software and welcome any comments.



6 Responses to “Part 2 Using Free Screen Recording Software”

  1. jj-momscashblog on May 19th, 2010 4:33 pm

    What a great series you have put together here. I also love the fact that one can create a wonderful DVD of one's family history with a free download. To have the ability to read from a script and show the pictures that you want or even put music in the background, I think this is one great way to preserve one's family history or just an event in one's life. You also made it look way too easy to use, I'm sure I would have to call on you for help, but it's a great tutorial and series. Thanks I think you will see a lot of people going to use this program and rely on your tutorial. Great job!


  2. The Mad Genealogist on May 21st, 2010 6:17 am

    Hi JJ

    Glad you enjoyed the video and thanks for your comments.

    A friend mentioned this would be good idea to show his Grandmother their family tree, as she has bad eyesight and couldn't read the information he has collected but could see it OK on the TV.

    Also don't forget these videos are not only for creating a family history DVD, you could create tutorials to show people how to install a WordPress blog for instance.

    If you have any problems, you could do a screen recording of whats wrong then show me the video :)

    Best Wishes



  3. Lighting Optoelectronics Forum on December 1st, 2010 7:38 pm

    of course we need to know our family history so that we can share it to our kids ~;;


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