Screencast-O-Matic is a handy tool for recording screenshots and sharing them with friends or colleagues for a number of different purposes. With just a few clicks, you can start recording your screen, and once you’re satisfied with your video, you can upload it directly from there.
Pros. Straightforward mechanics: To start a recording, all you have to do is open the program, position the recording window, and press Play or the activating hot key. And when your recording is complete, just hit Done on the small control bar located below the bottom margin of the recording window. You can also Pause in the middle of a recording and then resume using these controls.
Direct publishing options: When you finish a recording, you’ll automatically be taken to a preview screen where you can watch your recording and see what you think. If you’re satisfied, there are several saving and publishing options listed along the right-hand side of the screen. For instance, you can upload your video directly to YouTube or to the Screencast-O-Matic website, or you can save it as a video file to your computer in either MP4, AVI, FLV, or GIF format.
Cons. Mouse circle: When you record, the program automatically places a yellow circle around the mouse as it moves around the screen. This can be convenient in some instances to help viewers keep track of the cursor, but the fact that you can’t turn it off is a little frustrating at times.
Full-screen recording: There is no option to do a direct full-screen recording through this app. You can stretch the capture window so that it covers the entire screen, but sometimes that means that the Control Bar is off the screen and inaccessible, which isn’t ideal.
Bottom Line. Screencast-O-Matic is a handy utility, and its free version only has a few limitations. The straightforward mechanics make it a snap to use for even the least computer-savvy, and direct publishing options give you a great way to share anything you need with friends and colleagues. The Pro version removes a small watermark on published videos and enables editing tools. It costs $15 per year.