5 Free Screen Recording Sites to Make Your YouTube Videos

I want to share with you five FREE screen recording sites that let you record video of your screen and upload to YouTube.  You might want to convert some of your blog posts or articles to video or create a presentation on  your topic. You might even want to add short videos to a long blog post to help explain better.  Each of these will allow you to either directly upload your videos to YouTube from the site, or allow you to download it and upload it from within your YouTube account.

  1. The first is ScreenJelly.com ScreenJelly allows you to record up to 3 minutes. This is a perfect length for shorter articles or demos.  Don’t worry you can squeeze a lot into 3 minutes.  Plus your video will be straight and to the point and your viewers won’t get bored.
  2. The second is Jingproject.com This site is brought to you by TechSmith, the people who create Camtasia Studio.  If you have seen any video by an internet marketer before, then you are familiar with Camtasia!  Very popular tool to create video course, software demos and more. Jing allows you to record up to 5 minutes of video. The file format is .swf for the free version so you can’t upload it to YouTube. But if you use the Pro version you can publish in MP4 format which will allow upload to YouTube –  but guess what?  Pro is only $14.95 per YEAR!
  3. The third is ScreenToaster.com This site allows you to record a video of your screen of any length, as long as its under 20 MB.  There is a button right inside your account that allows you to upload directly to YouTube.
  4. The fourth is Screenr.com Don’t get confused that they describe themselves as Screencasts for Twitter.  They talk a lot about tweeting your video but that just means there is a url-shortener built-in once your video is recorded so you can quickly tweet it to your followers.  But you also have an option of uploading directly to YouTube as well. You can record up to 5 mins with Screenr.
  5. The fifth is  Screencast-o-Matic.com Don’t be turned off by the confusing look of this site. It has the best features! This site allows you to record your video and upload to YouTube as well. But you can also download your video to your computer in MP4, AVI or FLV format allowing you to have videos of a higher quality.  And even better you can record up to 15 minutes of video!

Please don’t forget to share your videos with me and let me know which site you used to create them!

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Deb Augur
May 14, 2010, 7:49 pm

You Rock, Gwen! This is an awesome list of places to help you get your YouTube videos… which we both highly recommend! Thanks!
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Gwen Tanner
May 14, 2010, 9:43 pm

In response to Deb’s comment:

Hi Deb,

I’m glad this is useful. I’ll start creating vids for my YouTube channel as soon as I get organized. 100 articles, 30 blog posts….and another 30 blog posts coming! LOL My head is spinning!

Thanks for visiting,

Suzie Cheel
May 15, 2010, 8:41 pm

Thanks I knew of jing, but not the others. will share when I have made a video using one of them

I have just changed video channels in a rebranding http://youtube.com/suziecheel
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Gwen Tanner
May 16, 2010, 1:11 am

In response to Suzie’s comment:

Hi Suzie,

Your channel looks very nice! I can’t wait to see your video when you make it. Let me know which one you like the best.

Thanks for visiting,

Jacinta Dean
May 15, 2010, 10:23 pm

Hi Gwen,

Awesome blog post and Thank you so much for sharing the links.

I was recently on a blog reading about generating traffic. http://www.internetmarketingspeed.com The most recent blog talked about creating a video of your blog post and then uploading it to youtube as a way of getting extra traffic. I had a bit of an ‘ahaa’ moment when I read that.

I think I need to learn how to make videos!!!! :shock:

See you back here soon. :cool:

Jacinta :D
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Gwen Tanner
May 16, 2010, 1:13 am

In response to Jacinta’s comment:

Hi Jacinta,

Creating them is very simple using one of these tools, especially the ones that have the one click to go into YouTube. I’m spending all my time writing, so hopefully one day I will take a couple of hours and just convert a few articles or posts to video. You just have to block out the time and focus on it!!! good luck! :)

Thanks for visiting,

Henry Peña
June 1, 2010, 10:35 pm

Great list Gwen.

I already use a couple of them, and eager to try out the others.

I also use uStream.tv and ProCaster to screencast my desktop.
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Landry June 4, 2010, 5:55 am

Web-based screen recorders are free and easy to use without anything installed, but the con is, you can’t edit your video if you make a little mistake during the recording and has to restart. Besides the video sharing is quite limited because you can’t upload the video to youtube (screencast-o-matic does a good job).

Personally I’d like to use other screen recorders which allow me to modify, enhance and give a wide range of publish of my screencast. Considering the usability and cost, I choose screen recorder democreator to make simple Photoshop tutotial at YouTube. That’s fun.

Now it’s on event that once you write a review about the program and put on your blog. You can have a chance to get a free copy which cost $99. I prepare to write one and get another license.

welcome to my YouTube channel.


Gwen Tanner
June 4, 2010, 6:25 am

In response to Landry’s comment:

Hi Landry,

I think Wondershare DemoCreator could be great alternative to Camtasia – and is 1/3 the price – and will probably have all the features that most will need.

I will definitely write a review for a free license! I appreciate you sharing this information.

Thanks for visiting,

July 20, 2010, 10:03 am

Gwen thanks for this awesome post. Landry thanks for sharing about DemoCreator. Suzie great thing you did by branding your channel. I am considering using the pro version of Vimeo because it allows you multiple channels in one account whereas, YouTube you must have sep. accounts.
take care
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Armil from Video Talk September 23, 2010, 11:15 am

wwowow.. i really like your review…

it’s very informative… i have taken down notes for this article…

thanks for helping…

Stacy May 6, 2011, 12:10 am

Out of all the five that you’ve mentioned, which is in your opinion the best? What about for newbies, do you know one which could be the most user friendly for a newbie like me?

Janine Scott May 7, 2011, 6:28 am

I always use Jing. Jing is one the coolest free screen sharing recording sites that I can recommend.

May L May 23, 2011, 12:57 am

Thanks for the helpful hints. Am wondering which one to use. Which do you think is suitable for a beginner with no editing experiences whatsoever?
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nopalea June 18, 2011, 9:35 pm

I really enjoy jing project. It is easy to implement in your videos and just easy to use.

John from Review Compare July 4, 2011, 11:34 am

brilliant information thanks – no need for expensive software any more, can roll out videos no problem
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morning scikness remedies July 4, 2011, 1:45 pm

I would also like to recommend JinProject as well. Those people really know what they are doing (same people who created Catmasia).
I used this tool to record a presentation about morning sickness remedies and although the free version is only able to create .flv files, you can easily find some free video converters on the web to convert your flv file into an YouTube accepted format.

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