Expression Encoder 4
In case you didn't catch it in my blog post I thought I would post about the free Microsoft Expression Encoder. The standard version records the computer screen, webcam, microphone and tracks mouse clicks with a glow animation. This tool is perfect for making training videos to show how to use software and is quite easy to use even allowing you to choose which region of the screen to capture and what frame rate to capture at. This version records in WMV format and is limited to ten minutes of recording at a time. The software can even overlay the webcam footage on the screen capture and scale it as you wish. This software does require the .NET 4 Framework but this is distributable through WSUS and the software itself is extractable to two MSIs which appear to be easily deployable to.
Other included tools let you prepare a video file for streaming using Silverlight and Windows Media Services by re-encoding it.
Overall this looks like a really useful tool to have installed.
This is a lot better than the ancient Windows Media Encoder 9.