By Martin Stut, 2014-08-05

Occasionally, you need to explain some piece of software, or a website, to a diverse group of potential users. Not everyone loves reading long manuals or text descriptions. Some (many?) people prefer watching a live demonstration with audio comments and/or textual explanations. In other words, an instructional video with your computer screen as the main image source, a so-called screencast.

In the last few days I dug a bit into this area. I ended up trying and loving Wink. Here is the

Path to my Conclusion "Wink is it"


Comparison Articles on the Web

If you want to make up your mind by yourself, you may find these articles helpful:

Alternative Products

Of course Wink is not the only screencasting program. Here is a list of alternatives and my reasons why I chose to not try them:

Testing Wink

Project Home page:

Wink produces small files because it optionally creates a screenshot per mouse click, not a full video.

Wink is a "Windows mostly" program: the Linux version is quite old, there is no Mac version.


It's rewarding and doesn't take long to go through one of these. Knowing the concepts is really helpful before recording your first screencast.

Experience when Recording a Test

Wink exports essentially Flash

This may be almost killing it. No current mobile platform plays flash without additional software.

Potential solutions:

Flash Capable Mobile Browsers

Convert .swf to html5

No working solution found:

Use the HTML or PDF export

Works, but the result contains only pages, not a movie, so you lose

File size is a lot bigger in HTML or PDF: 5 MB instead of a 1 MB flash video.