There are hundreds of screen recording software packages, and almost every software has a premium version. So, how do you know which one is for you? Screencast-O-Matic is a multi-platform screen recording software. Is it any good? Let’s find out in Screencast-O-Matic review 2020. The review will cover the free as well as the paid subscriptions of Screencast-O-Matic.
Table of contents
- Is it worth it?
- Wrap up
The software installs an extension to record videos and whenever you click on “launch recorder” the extension does the magic. The recording box contains a few options:
- Record screen, webcam, or both
- Maximum time
- Video size
- Computer audio (subscription)
You can pause and resume the recording. The software offers to zoom in and out, but it does not support the zoom in and out while recording feature. When you enable the zoom mode, the software takes a snapshot, and during this time you can’t access anything on the screen.
Screencast-O-Matic is available on Windows, macOS, Chromebook, iOS, and Android. On PC, you don’t need the software to use the free version. As mentioned, the software installs the extension. For premium subscriptions, the software is required as the video editor is a part of the software. The iOS and Android versions only work if you have subscribed to the paid version. The app also offers to send recorded videos to the desktop to edit and export effortlessly.
The next section of Screencast-O-Matic review is the premium subscription. The software takes a subscription-based approach, and it offers a couple of options to satisfy as many users as possible. Take a look at the table below to compare all the features. The full list of the features can be found on the website.
|Draw while recording||❌||✔||✔|
|Recording limit||15 minutes||No limit||No limit|
|Save to Dropbox and G Drive||❌||✔||✔|
|Video editor 👇||❌||✔||✔|
|Price||N/A||$1.65/m (annual plan)||$4.00/m (annual plan)|
The table above compares the individual plans. The team plans offer the same features with a few team focused tools. The Deluxe team plan for ten users costs $9 per month, while the Premier team plan costs $17.5 per month.
The video editor is one of the most comfortable video editors I have ever used. The editor lacks the advanced video editing features, but it comes with the features which advanced video editors don’t offer. Here is the list of the features available on desktop PC.
- Cut video
- Copy and paste a part of a video
- Remove cursor
- Hide webcam
- Insert videos
- Insert images
- Narrate over a recorded video
- Change video speed
- Add transitions
- Adjust volume
- Change the resolution
- Add music
The premium subscription also offers to record the computer sound. The below video is 15-second gameplay recorded in Screencast-O-Matic. The software records the games flawlessly, and the video size is not as much as you would think.
As mentioned above, the recorded video gameplay does not take a lot of space; here is the full list of the estimated size for different types of videos. The screen was recorded on Windows PC and 1080p.
|Video type/duration||Estimated video size|
|1-minute tutorial with narration||10.5 MB|
|4-minutes tutorial with narration||29.2 MB|
|1-minute gameplay with audio||203 MB|
|4-minutes gameplay with audio||625 MB|
Is it worth it?
Yes, it’s worth it. For a starter, the free version will do the magic, unless you want to record the computer sound or make longer video tutorials. For someone who is already making money and want to expand their toolkit, then Screencast-O-Matic Deluxe is the ideal choice. The software has an average user-based rating of 4.2 on g2.com.
When I began using Screencast-O-Matic, it was software with a few features, but seeing this growing, I can say, I made the right decision. Anyway, here is the end of Screencast-O-Matic review. What do you think of Screencast-O-Matic? Do you use something else? Please share your thoughts in the comments section so we can discuss more.
Madhsudhan is a professional software engineer. He has been writing for over two years, and he writes about Android and PC software.