ZD Soft Screen Recorder can help you capture static images, video and audio from various sources. Thus, this tool can grab the whole screen, the selected window or a customized region. In this regard, I appreciate the possibility of changing the boundaries of the region without needing to stop the recording. Moreover, if you set it to record a dynamic region, it will follow your mouse cursor wherever it goes on your screen. Likewise, the tool supports using a webcam as source as well as capturing audio internally or from a microphone.
The main interface of this program is just a small panel with a set of buttons that allow you to use most of its features, such as recording, scheduling sessions, taking snapshots, setting your webcam and choosing a screen region. In general, I think it is appropriate for every kind of users, regardless of their previous experience.
The application supports three different output formats: AVI, MP4 and FLV, which may be enough to satisfy your needs. In addition, you can customize the output resolution and even make minor changes to the resulting image, such as flipping and mirroring. The program can actually stream video contents over a network, through a media server or a LAN.
One of the most significant advantages of this tool is that it can record gameplay. So, it is a good thing that it allows using hotkeys to start, pause and stop recording. However, grabbing images from a game can have a negative impact on PC performance. Another advantage is that it helps you capture a video clip from a webpage in case it is not available for regular download. Finally, it lets you schedule recording sessions at a specific time and with a given length.
All in all, it seems to me that ZD Soft Screen Recorder is flexible enough to allow various types of recordings. Therefore, it is likely to satisfy the needs of most users. Luckily, a free version of this product is available with no expiration period; yet, it leaves a watermark on every video. If you decide to buy the full version, which, by the way, has a reasonable price, besides getting rid of the watermarks, you will also enjoy lifetime upgrades.