No. 1 Free Screencast Software For Creating Software Simulations

ActivePresenter is the most interesting free screencast software for making software simulation, product demonstration, presentation. It provides high quality screen recording capabilities and feature rich built-in editing tools for making screencast easily. It has almost everything you need in terms of screen recording – video editing and e-learning authoring. Take a look at our full review with pros and cons in ActivePresenter here.

User Interface

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ActivePresenter Editing tools

ActivePresenter is as easy-to-use as any other free screencast software in the world now. After recording, you are able to edit your video in slide-based editing windows like the picture above. The possibility to export project file into AVI, MP4, MKV, WebM at high quality, without watermark makes it more attractive to free users

Capturing Tools

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Capturing tools

ActivePresenter allows you to capture your desktop video and audio in full HD quality. It is easy to start, stop recording, set up resolution or recording area. Many users have been using ActivePresenter to record long movies, game-play or software tutorial video.

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ActivePresenter Capturing tool

Editing Tools

You will get all video editing tools for making screencast like: cut, trim, crop, split videos, add background music, adjust audio, add annotation like shapes, highlight, spotlight as well as sub titles, text or closed caption and so on.

There are also special effects for editing video such as blur moving object, adding transition, adjust video speed, even adding interactivity, quizzes to the project.

Systems requirements and Download

ActivePresenter 6.1.3 – Download page

  • Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • (Released: August 19, 2017)

ActivePresenter for macOS 6.1.3

  • OS X 10.10, OS X 10.11, macOS 10.12
  • (Released: August 19, 2017)

ActivePresenter VS others

Recording Features ActivePresenter Bandicam Camstudio Camtasia Icecream Screen Recorder Screen-O-Matic
Full screen Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
A region Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Audio from microphone Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
System audio Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Webcam Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mouse movements Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mouse click effects Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Lock to Application Yes Yes
Adjust audio volume Yes Yes Yes Yes
Add annotations for mouse Yes
Add annotations for keyboards Yes
Output format MP4, MKV, AVI, WMV, FLV, WebM  AVI, MP4  AVI  MP4, AVI, WMV, M4A, GIF  WebM  AVI, FLV, MP4
Time limit for free version No time limit
No watermark
10 minutes with watermark (Free trial) No time limit
No watermark
30-day free trial without time limit, but watermark 10 minutes
No watermark
(Free trial)
15 minutes with watermark

ActivePresenter Free vs Paid version

ActivePresenter Standard(Most recommended for those

who want to create video tutorials or video demos)

 ActivePresenter Professional(Most recommended for those

who want to create interactive eLearning contents in HTML5)

Advanced screen recording: Full Motion Recording, Smart Capture Advanced screen recording: Full Motion Recording, Smart Capture
Video editing: Cut, Crop, Join, Change Volume, Speed Up, Slow Down, Blur Video editing: Cut, Crop, Join, Change Volume, Speed Up, Slow Down, Blur
Multiple Audio/Video Layers Multiple Audio/Video Layers
Rich annotations: Shapes, Image, Zoom-n-Pan, Closed Caption, Cursor Path, Audio/Video Overlays Rich annotations: Shapes, Image, Zoom-n-Pan, Closed Caption, Cursor Path, Audio/Video Overlays
 Export to numerous video formats: MP4, FLV, AVI, WMV, WebM, MKV  Export to various video format: MP4, FLV, AVI, WMV, WebM, MKV
 Export to: PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Adobe PDF, HTML  Export to: PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Adobe PDF, HTML
 Automatic Smart Annotation  Automatic Smart Annotation
 HTML5 Export
 Interactivity & Branching: Advanced Event-Action System, Javascript
 Interactions: Button, Mouse Click, Text Input, Drag & Drop, Keystroke
 Quiz: 9 Types of Questions
 Report & Tracking in LMS (SCORM, xAPI)

ActivePresenter tutorial video

 

Bottom line

It is free to download and use without any limitation. Try ActivePresenter and let me know your opinion.

Good luck!

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