I am very sad to report that my favorite screencasting software, Jing Pro, has been discontinued as of February 28, 2013 (The non-Pro version of Jing is still availble, though).
Jing Pro was my favorite tool for making quick and dirty screencasts. I liked that it was easy to use, uploaded to YouTube with a click of a button, and had no advertising (it cost me $15 per year to upload to YouTube
for the last two features; the regular version of Jing has advertising and does not upload to YouTube).
(Edit: Andy Rundquist let me know that I was mistaken about Jing having advertising).
But I have found an alternative that I like as much: Screencast-O-Matic (note: I have not been paid by the makers of Jing nor Screencast-O-Matic; I am just a happy customer). Here is what I like about Screencast-O-Matic:
- It is easy to use.
- It is easy to upload videos to YouTube.
- There is no download required! (an improvement over Jing)
- There are ads in the free version (a banner advertising Screencast-O-Matic at the bottom of the screen), but not in the premium version (like Jing Pro, this costs $15 per year).
One difference between Jing/Jing Pro and Screencast-O-Matic: the former has a 5 minute limit, and the latter has a 15 minute limit.
The main drawback: Screencast-O-Matic seems to take much longer to upload to YouTube than Jing/Jing Pro does—probably by a factor of 4.
I will eventually get a premium version of Screencast-O-Matic, but I will not have enough screencasts to do in the near future to justify getting it now.
One final note: I tried to use Camtasia. Camtasia would be great if you want screencasts that are not quick and/or not dirty. It was way too much for me, and I did not want to pay the price of really long upload times for higher quality video.