There’s nothing better than finding free software that does exactly what you want it to do. I was looking for a free and lightweight application that I could use for screen-casting and found Community Clips – a freebie from Microsoft.  Its free and does some really awesome stuff like capturing all your desktop activity including keystrokes and audio.

You can record the full window or just a specific area of the screen and integrates seamlessly with Microsoft Office.  There isn’t a lot of instructions on using it or product help. You basically have an icon in the system tray from where you can start recording your screencast and do a bunch of other stuff. There is no video editor and you just get to record and share raw videos.  It may not be a replacement for a regular screen recording software that include editing capabilities – but more for Microsoft Office users who want to quickly use video in their enterprise activity. The idea is – Keep it short, record and share!

Having said that, it does a really good job in creating short how-to’s or excel tips which may not always find a place in an Enterprise Video Portal.

Internally, enterprises have been distributing screen capture tools that are widely used to capture screenshots. Today, with an increase in the use of video, it’s about time companies start distributing screen recording utilities – if they have not done it already. A better idea is to employ enterprise video solutions that offer better capabilities. With everyone using video as a tool for communication, an internal enterprise video portal would definitely add value to the enterprise infrastructure.

If you are looking to download and try Community Clips, you can get a free copy from here.

You can  learn more about Qumu enterprise-wide video capture solutions here.