Beginner’s Guide to Screencast-O-Matic’s Free Screen Recorder

It’s easy to record and create videos with Screencast-O-Matic’s free screen recorder. It’s easily accessible on our website. Here’s a step-by-step guide showing you how to get started and an overview of the recording tools.

You can create how-to videos, tutorials, product walkthroughs, and more! Find out the many ways you can create videos for education and business.

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Get started with Screencast-O-Matic’s free screen recorder

Getting Started:

  1. Head to
  2. Click on ‘Start Recording for Free’
  3. You’ll be taken to the Screen Recorder page. Click on ‘Launch Screen Recorder’
  4. A pop-up will appear indicating that the recorder is being launched. If it doesn’t appear, you have the option to download the recorder app.
  5. Within seconds, you’ll notice the recorder on your screen and you can start recording.

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Recording your screen with free screen recorder

Recorder Controls:

There are three options when recording your video.  You’ll find those options on the top of your recorder box.

  1. Screen – This allows you to record anything within your recording frame.
  2. Webcam – You can record your webcam.
  3. Both – This option allows you to show your webcam AND your screen at the same time. This is often used when you want to point out something on your screen but still have your webcam up.

Max Time – The maximum time to record is 15 minutes. With an upgrade, you can record for as long as you want.

Size – You can adjust your recording frame with preset sizes (480p, 720p, Active Window or Full Screen) or you can adjust it by dragging the corners and sides of the frame.

Narration – The app will detect audio sources connected to your computer.

Computer Audio – The free recorder will only capture narration. To capture computer audio requires an upgrade to our Deluxe plan.

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Edit, upload and publish your screen recording

Trim, Upload and Publish:

Once you are finished recording, there are several options you can use in your recording manager.

Trim – You can trim the beginning or end of your video by dragging the bars of your video.

Captions – You have the ability to add your own captions to your videos.  By clicking on CC, you can choose to add your own captions by uploading a captions file. As part of an upgrade, you can use speech-to-text or type in your own using ‘blank captions.’

Upload options – There are several upload and publish options you can use in the free screen recorder.

  1. Save as a Video File – You can save your recording as a video file. You can choose either an mp4, avi or flv video file. You can save your recording in a folder on your computer or laptop. Fill out the filename and hit Publish.
  2. Upload to Screencast-O-Matic – You can upload and get a link to share your recording. To do this, you’ll need to sign up for an account or connect your existing one.  Please note: Free and Deluxe users can upload videos of up to 15 minutes into Screencast-O-Matic’s hosting services.  Premier users have unlimited uploading times.
  3. Share on YouTube – If you haven’t linked your account, all you need to do is click on ‘launch web browser’ and follow the steps. Once that’s all done, fill in the information and it will upload directly to your YouTube account or a YouTube channel you designate.
  4. Upgrade for more uploading options. By clicking on the ‘+’ button on top of your menu, you can publish to other sites including Vimeo, Google Drive, and Dropbox.

There are numerous ways to create a video just by creating a screen recording. Go ahead and use Screencast-O-Matic’s free screen recorder and create those recordings!

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