This is a question for the community: what screen casting tools do you use and which would you recommend?
The context for this is that as a teacher of computer things, I watch a lot of how-to videos that are made available as screencasts, and I’ve even add a go at producing some myself (e.g. see this set from one of my lecture courses). I’d like to do more both in my teaching and also for my Blackboard Tips articles in my other blog.
The tool that I first used what was Wink, but though free, it’s a tool that’s a bit clunky. I’ve also tried Jing, but that’s a tool that limits screencasts to 5 minutes (presumably because its big brother is Camtasia). So is it worth shelling out $299 of my department’s money to buy Camtasia or is there a free or open source alternative that will do the job? I am stuck in Windows, so no Mac suggestions (or jibes) please!