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Does anybody know a good screen capture utility that also captures sound and outputs something like an .avi, for Windows?

I tried CamStudio but was not very happy with it as it crashed and my Windows 7 went crazy afterwards.

EDIT: I need it to also record all sound in the computer. Screen and sound!

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Although not free it is well worth mentioning Camtasia. I use it almost daily to provide training material and content for the courses I train, and well worth the investment. There is a 30 day free trail available as well. I use it extensively on Windows 7 and Windows Vista.

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Try VirtualDub.

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Tks for the answer. It's quite complex to use. Anything simpler? –  Dante Oct 30 '09 at 12:02
    
It can be overwhelming but it's quite simple once you do it a few times. Check out this tutorial: teachers.ash.org.au/dbrown/virtualdub/capture.htm –  John T Oct 30 '09 at 12:34
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FastStone Capture is an excellent tool:

It captures a screen area, mouse clicks and sound via the microphone. Records to wmv format so it's rather Windows centric.

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As I say in the question, I need to capture all sound. That means speakers sound, not microphone sound. –  Dante Oct 30 '09 at 16:35
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FastStone Capture can record "all sound", just select the "What u hear" option from the Sound -> Recording panel, instead of the microphone input. I too recommend this program, video quality is great and records at a max of 20fps, smooth enough for most demos/screencasts. –  skelly Nov 1 '09 at 7:33
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For Windows try Windows Media Encoder, I used that with good results before. Only issue is it records to proprietary WMV formats, which can be tricky to convert to other formats.

Linux gives a much happier desktop recording experience, here's a few apps you can use.

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You should try the "Microsoft Expression Encoder 3 Screen Capture" (download here). It's the next version of the Windows Media Encoder.

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I've heard good things about Camtasia, a good free screen capture program I used for a while was FlashBack Express (found here http://www.bbsoftware.co.uk/bbflashbackexpress/home.aspx). The program looks more complex than it actually is, it's actually simple. But if you have the money, get Camtasia.

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I like Jing from TechSmith. In addition to stills, it can capture audio and video. It's also free.

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The free edition adds promo text to your videos, unless one doesn't mind that. –  invert Oct 30 '09 at 12:27
    
I just tried it, it didn't record sound. I want all sound recorded, like CamStudio does. –  Dante Oct 30 '09 at 12:35
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