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Screen Capture Resources07.07.12

Screen captures are a daily thing for me. They’re part of what I do online. I regularly snap “still shots” of portions of my browser or desktop, and often record walk-through videos that take anywhere from 30 seconds to 20 minutes – as well as webinars and meetings of up to 2 hours!

I use short videos to let my outsourcers know how to do something, step by step. I use screen shots to show my web designers what I’m expecting them to create, or to adjust. I also use them to show clients their rankings in Google. And I use video recording software to record, and edit training programs.

I use (and have used) a large variety of tools for these purposes.

FREE TOOLS

  1. screenr.com – record 5 minute videos. This is a web-based, java-based tool. Great for walking someone through…anything!
  2. Jing, from techsmith. This one’s going away soon, but is still available at the moment. You download & install it to your computer. On a PC, you get a little sun that pops up on top. On the mac, a little icon on your top bar that you can access to record or take screenshots any time. Videos are limited to 5 minutes, and you can upload them for free to a screencast account. Very similar in function to screenr.
  3. Any of the paid tools below, most of which have trial versions (for 30 days or so)!

PAID TOOLS

  1. Jing, from techsmith. The upgraded version allows you to store more on screencast.com, and also to download an MP4 version. But don’t pay for this – it’s going away soon!
  2. Snagit, from techsmith – this is the upgraded replacement to Jing. It costs $50 and in my opinion is well worth it! You can record any length videos, take screenshots, and also edit the screenshots by adding arrows, words, and more. This is my daily-use screen capture program. To edit videos, you can export them to Camtasia.
  3. Camtasia – also from Techsmith. I use a Mac, and have the Mac version. There is also a (much more expensive) PC version, which does a bit more. This is only if you’re really serious about your videos. You can record & edit videos of any length (for instance, an hour long webinar), cut/paste video or sound, add images, add text, create transitions & animations, and more! This is my go-to program for video editing, or the occasional recording of a PowerPoint presentation.
  4. ScreenFlow. This is a Mac-only product and is available in the Mac APP store. I often use ScreenFlow to record long webinars. It records the entire screen, and then allows you to cut out the portions you need. I never quite figured out how to edit effectively using ScreenFlow, so I generally record with it and edit later with Camtasia. The one feature ScreenFlow has that’s missing from Camtasia is the ability to record the computer’s audio. So when I’m doing webinars, it can record other people talking – not just me on my mic.

Of course, there are many more free & paid products out there – but these are the ones I personally use (or in the case of Jing, have used). On the PC, you’ll find other software as well – but being a Mac user for the last 10+ years, I’m simply not that familiar with it! I’ve also used iMovie in the past to edit videos, but that’s usually when I’ve needed to show my face on the screen!

Oh – almost forgot. On the Mac, you can also easily capture a screenshot of any portion of your screen by hitting Command-Shift-4, and then dragging the mouse over the area you want to capture. You’ll know you’ve got it when it turns into little crosshairs. You can hit ESC to cancel. The screen shot will show up on your desktop!

Do you have a free, or paid screen capture or video recording software you like to use? Post it in the comments below!

 

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