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Screencasting tools are great for explaining how a software application works; demonstrating how to use it; or illustrating any online process. Combined with presentation tools, they’re also ideal for enhancing online meetings, as well as broadcasting and recording presentations.
Early screencasting apps were clunky to use and offered little functionality beyond basic recording and editing. Today’s tools are both easier to work with and much more powerful, with most offering features like the ability to add titles, custom cursors, text, visual elements, animations, and music.
Which tool is “best” depends upon your specific needs. Some are designed primarily for creating software demos and tutorial videos, while others offer more sophisticated functionality for developing graphically rich marketing content.