What are some good (preferably open-source) software for making illustrative videos to explain one's research? I am currently looking for software to make a small video on my research topic that could complement presentation slides. The video may not delve into all technical details, but should summarise all technical content in a compact and entertaining way.

One source that I know of is Videoscribe (sample video), but I have not tried it yet. Are there other/better alternatives, especially open-source?

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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is a boat-programming question that's not about academia
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    I disagree with EnergyNumbers. I think making a video explaining a research topic is something very relevant to academic life (research presentation, teaching, seminars), and unless there is another SE where this question would be obviously much more on topic, I don't see any strong reason to close it.
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    @CharlesMorisset Video Production
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  • @EnergyNumbers: thanks for making the effort to find a more suitable SE. If the OP wants, I can migrate the question there.
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Not free or open-source, but my institution offers licenses to Camtasia Studio, which seems to be the best package out there for slidecasts/screencasts.

Educreations is a a comparatively much simpler - and cheaper - tool that allows you to create videos but doesn't play as well with slides.

  • You can find here the free or open source alternatives to Camtasia Studio. You may also be interested in the free or open source alternatives to Sony Vegas Pro.
    – Trylks
    Commented Nov 6, 2013 at 8:26
  • @Trylks I suppose it would be good for OP to include their OS, because being a Windows user myself, the linux-only options are always a bit of a hassle. Thanks for the lists, though. They're helpful!
    – Thomas
    Commented Nov 6, 2013 at 8:37
  • I've tried some free alternatives to Camtasia - they were not worth the hassle for me - malware, poor instructions, zero support, etc. Camtasia was a good investment for me. Commented Jul 24, 2017 at 16:55

A friend of mine who is very good at academic video-making says he only uses iMovies these days for video editing. He uses QuickTime to capture screen and audio recordings when he needs to.

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