procasterOnline video broadcasting services like Ustream.tv, Mogulus, Justin.tv or Qik.com have made it possible for anyone to stream live video over the internet for free. Just connect your web cam (or DV camera) to the computer or switch on the video camera of your cell phone and you are all set to broadcast live video on the web.

Now there’s a new live streaming solution in town called Procaster that goes beyond webcam video and lets you broadcast your desktop screen activity live on the Internet. Video gamers may also enjoy using Procaster as it supports game-casting so you can even live stream your video game sessions to anyone in the world for free.

To get started, you need to download Procaster – it’s currently available for Windows though a Mac version is also in the works. Now run the Procaster application and choose whether you to want to stream webcam video or your desktop screen or a video game that you may be currently playing on the computer.

Live screencasting is on

recording desktop screen

As you hit the record button, a semi-transparent information bar fills the bottom of your computer screen that shows a live preview of your current broadcast. It also has zoom buttons in case you want to limit the broadcast area to only a particular portion of the desktop screen.

That’s all you need to do at your end. People can visit the mogulus site and watch your live broadcast in their browser without having to download anything (see the following screenshot). Or you can embed the mogulus player into your blog and visitors can watch the live screencasts from there itself.

live screencasting

Mogulus is free but if you are looking to broadcast HD quality screecasts, you may want to go for the Pro version.

The previous versions of Camtasia Studio had a live output feature that turned the screen recorder into a virtual video camera so you could directly stream desktop recordings into any hardware device that required a "video source". Live Output was removed from Camtasia Studio 6 so this Procaster utility looks like a good replacement.