Screencast-O-Matic Review 2020 – Is it Worth the Money?

Screencast-O-Matic Review
Screencast-O-Matic review

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

Software

Screencast-O-Matic Recorder Sample
Screencast-O-Matic Recorder Sample

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:

  1. Record screen, webcam, or both
  2. Maximum time
  3. Video size
  4. Narration
  5. 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.

Platforms

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.



Subscription

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.

Feature Free Deluxe Premier
Trim recordings
Music tracks 30 Library Library
Draw while recording
Recording limit 15 minutes No limit No limit
Watermark Yes No No
Hide cursor
System audio
Voice
Save to Dropbox and G Drive
Automated speech-to-text
Video editor 👇
Secure backup
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.

Video editor

Screenshot of Screencast-O-Matic Video Editor
Screencast-O-Matic Video Editor

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.

Editing tools

  1. Cut video
  2. Copy and paste a part of a video
  3. Remove cursor
  4. Hide webcam
  5. Insert videos
  6. Insert images
  7. Narrate over a recorded video
  8. Add:
    1. blur
    2. text
    3. outline
    4. highlight
  9. Change video speed
  10. Add transitions
  11. Adjust volume
  12. Change the resolution
  13. Add music

Another great feature worth mentioning is the quick selection tool, which allows you to select the last used tool.

Game recording

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.

Video size

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.


Wrap up

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.



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