and almost mean the same thing.

I say almost, because there may be some subtle differences. But I don't believe they are enough to keep the tags separated.
For example, a screencast may contain audio narration. But I think desktop recording may have that as well.
Also, one can argue that a screencast should be a recording of the whole screen, while desktop recording doesn't need to be. But I can't find any definition of either word which says that.

Currently, screencast has 101 questions, while desktop-recording has 54.

Maybe should be a synonym of but honestly, I'm not sure how the synonyms feature really works.

  • Seems reasonable as long as desktop recording is okay with fielding livestreaming questions. – RobotHumans Jul 11 at 2:39
  • Screencasting is a subset of desktop recording, so if anything, these should be merged into desktop-recording. – TheWanderer Jul 11 at 2:47
  • @TheWanderer why do you think that screencasting is a subset of desktop recording? – muru Jul 11 at 5:36
  • Am with you, the difference is so subtle it does not help in making them different. Go here to add or support the one created right now but makes total sense Dan. – Luis Alvarado Jul 11 at 16:14
  • @muru because screencasting involves recording your desktop (ie screen), just not necessarily saving that recording. – TheWanderer Jul 11 at 23:46
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    @TheWanderer then isn't screencasting more general than desktop-recording, and thus a superset? – muru Jul 13 at 0:32
  • @LuisAlvarado unfortunately I don't currently have enough score on that tag to be able to vote on the synonym. – Dan Jul 13 at 7:29

For me, both are synonyms to be specific and not go around the bush. Anything mentioned about one will still land on the other one. What can both do:

  • Record small videos
  • Record long videos
  • Record parts of the desktop
  • Record specific windows on the desktop
  • Record video only
  • Record video and audio
  • Stream recording to 3rd party source
  • Live stream
  • Save in popular different formats
  • Compress raw recording
  • Some option that wants to be applied to one but not the other and then realize, wait a minute batman, this applies to the other one too
  • Realizing thanks to batman that both are the same thing.
  • So, can we have them synonymized in one direction or the other? – muru Jul 20 at 1:22
  • Yeah. I see no problem there. I would actually just use the idea of which one was used more often as base to know which one would be the base. – Luis Alvarado Jul 20 at 2:14

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