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CamStudio Comments

Biggest problem for me is impossiblity to record long screencast (about 20 min)

Comment by mmv
about CamStudio Feb 2016

So I switched to ShareX.
But good point for CamStudio is low CPU load in process of recording. It not spin up notebook fan.

Malware can be avoided hten installing.

[Edited by mmv, February 21]


Sourceforge malware installer

Comment by alexlehm
about CamStudio Aug 2015

the program takes part in the Sourceforge malware installer program, to download the actual installer, you have to turn Direct Download Link: On on the download page, the downloaded file should be about 11 MB.


Bonus : a malware also for free

Negative Comment by simwyck
about CamStudio Feb 2015

Hello there,
I've just installed Camstudio. And it comes at least with 1 unwanted malware (Taplika). I don't recommend it at all. When an editor is have such a low moral code, it's not a good sign.
=> C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Taplika\Application\taplika.exe


bad fake warning on file....make you an analysis on virustotal!

Comment by danieletessari
about CamStudio Nov 2014

Camstudio is safe, people using a fake exe renamed with camstudio name to take away users.
Demonstration? download it, and upload on virustotal website.
MD5 that identify the camstudio files from your to other used for fake warning was different!

here good 0/52 virustotal analysis



use major geeks download

Comment by dbojan
about CamStudio Sep 2014

use this link

that was posted on their forum page (

or use major geeks download is at the bottom of the site. (about 3mb file size)

don't download from cnet.(about 700kb file size)

if you see something like "downloading and optimizing package" , while installing, use windows task manager (ctrl+alt+del), to find and stop "camstudio install.exe" process.

[Edited by dbojan, September 21]


only use version 2.0

Comment by s0me0ne
about CamStudio Sep 2014

A developer took the open source code that 2.0 had (from 2005 or earlier) and added spamware / adware / viruses to any new versions.

Years ago I saved a copy of the old 2.0 version, not sure if its still around on the internet, I usually like to keep copies of software incase crap like this happens when I find a good application


Triggers threat alert by Chrome and ESET

Negative Comment by 4kb
about CamStudio Jan 2014

This software downloaded from the CamStudio web site (v2.7.2 r326) is reported both by Chrome and ESET for having malicious code.

The warning from ESET:

10.01.2014 13:43:55 HTTP filter file http:// camstudio . org /forum/uploads/CamStudioSetupv2.7.2r326(build_19Oct2013).exe MSIL/PSW.Agent.NGB trojan connection terminated - quarantined Threat was detected upon access to web by the application: C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe.


Worked flawlessly on Vista

Positive Comment by dthatcher7
about CamStudio Nov 2011

Easy to use, had no problems whatsoever!


i tried it while ago but it didn't work well for me, tried ...

Comment by Abdollah_forever
about CamStudio Jun 2011

i tried it while ago but it didn't work well for me, tried it today to find that it became the best free video recording i got so far

just go to the program forum to find the latest releases :


wasn't working on my vista box nor on win. 7I didn't try to ...

Comment by woutervddn
about CamStudio Jun 2011

wasn't working on my vista box nor on win. 7

I didn't try to fix it, just downloaded jing and anno november 2010 jing is way easier, smoother and in case you'd give sh*t cooler..


Amazing program! Much better than WeGame. I've had no troub ...

Comment by luridsorcerer
about CamStudio Jun 2011

Amazing program! Much better than WeGame. I've had no trouble using it in Windows 7 x64 and I've recorded many games with it.

I use it to capture video as Motion JPEG using ffmpeg (details of how to install this can be found on their website). I then use Handbrake to convert the MJPEG to H.264 (capturing it directly as H.264 causes the capture to have a very low framerate, so this conversion helps a lot for games).


This programs works good, it has some nice features that he ...

Comment by Aaron
about CamStudio Jun 2011

This programs works good, it has some nice features that help you show off what you are doing while you are recording the video. I have seen many video tutorials on youtube and other places that use this program.