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Principal function(s): Image and video editingScreen recording
Cam Studio is a tool designed to record screen and audio activity for Windows operating systems. CamStudio works by recording everything that happens on a computer screen. Users can employ Cam Studio to record videos, and presentations, or to create tutorials for lessons. Available extra options include inserting webcam footage, adding captions or narrating over footage. CamStudio was developed by RenderSoft. It is free and open-source software that does not require signing up or having an account to use.
Evaluation: CamStudio is a practical screen recording tool suitable for educational purposes. Teachers can employ this tool to produce video tutorials explaining complex topics, language lessons, pronunciation guides, or speaking exercises. CamStudio can also foster students’ creativity by allowing learners to create their own content, and develop presentations, projects, or reports with video elements. Users can tailor the quality of a video recording to suit their needs, for example, to send it as an attachment or to upload it online. CamStudio does not demand advanced IT skills but requires installation.
Type Of Interaction
Interface User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface
Straightforward, slightly old-fashioned.
Time efficiency Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task
High. CamStudio may have a moderate learning curve for beginners but it is generally time-efficient. In this sense, it is similar to other tools such as Audacity.
Interface language(s) The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to
Respect for privacy Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous?
Very high. CamStudio requires installation but not the creation of a user account, so data collection is minimal. CamStudio.org states that all online visitor data is protected against unauthorized access. It does not sell, trade, or give personal information to other companies or organisations. CamStudio also elaborates on children's privacy, showing an understanding of this issue. It does not mention compliance with GDPR. See more here.
Saving work for future use Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction
Tailorability (If so, how?) Possibility of the tool to be used for a range of different activities (e.g. to what extent you can organize a project assignment with a central activity based on this tool)
Yes, users can record content for whichever purpose.
Compatibility/ Operating System
Other technical requirements
Playphrase (Tool to find the pronunciation of words from movies
Playphrase is a tool that searches specific words or phrases out of movie snippets from a database of audiovisual media with over 60,000 phrases. In this manner, it provides real-life examples of words’ and sentences’ pronunciation. Users just have to type specific phrases, watch them being used naturally in context within popular movies and TV shows, and listen to their pronunciation. Playphrase works mainly with English. Playphrase is not open-source, but it is freely available. It does not require setting up an account or signing in.
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