What's The Best Screen Capture Software?

by buddy7 31 replies
Hey Everyone,

I was wondering what the best screen capture software is with audio capability. I would rather get free ones, but I am open to others that are not free. Also, what's the best way to record a video of a power point presentation? Would the screen capture software be the best way to record a power point presentation?

Thanks!

Buddy7
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  • Profile picture of the author Gregg Cleland
    Checkout CamStudio .

    Not to be confused with the ubiquitous (and very nice) $300'ish Camtasia Studio.

    Screen capture programs like the two above will do a fine job of recording PowerPoint presentations. Camtasia has built in support for it, but just have your presentation sized for the screen area you're capturing and CamStudio will do fine.
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  • Profile picture of the author MattSanti
    Jing is great if you only want videos up to 5 minutes long. You could always take several 5 minute shots, save them as avi, wmv or whatever other format you like and then string all those videos together.
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    • Profile picture of the author Gregg Cleland
      Originally Posted by MattSanti View Post

      Jing is great if you only want videos up to 5 minutes long. You could always take several 5 minute shots, save them as avi, wmv or whatever other format you like and then string all those videos together.
      Ha ha, yeah second that. I use Jing and love it. It's also great for uploading screenshots and just sending URLs in emails instead of the usual crap of saving files then attaching them to emails. And it's cheap: $15/year.
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  • Profile picture of the author Neautograph
    I would say, Easy screen capture
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  • Profile picture of the author projek001
    Camtasia Studio
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  • Profile picture of the author Kat Fuschillo
    Camtasia is really good.
    I think you can try a free version for 30 days first.
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  • Profile picture of the author buddy7
    Thanks very much everyone! I'll start off with CamStudio, and maybe branch off to Camtasia.
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  • Profile picture of the author Josh Anderson
    Camstudio is the best of the free...

    I actually prefer it most of the time over Camtasia which I also own.

    Check out this thread which includes some video tutorials you will find helpful:

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...camstudio.html
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    • Profile picture of the author Izesta
      Camtasia works for me.
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      • Profile picture of the author rlscott2
        Camtasia is excellent - the best software I have used personally.
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    • Profile picture of the author MarkH45
      Originally Posted by Josh Anderson View Post

      Camstudio is the best of the free...

      I actually prefer it most of the time over Camtasia which I also own.

      Check out this thread which includes some video tutorials you will find helpful:

      http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...camstudio.html
      CamStudio works great for me and you can't beat the price...
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  • Profile picture of the author freddy smith
    my opinion is snagit
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    • Profile picture of the author Hyaku_Man
      Camstudio is a total pain in the ass on Vista so I got Camtasia. So simple and easy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Seobizlink
    camstudio is a nice one but its paid
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Moore
    I use Camtasia Studio 6.0. It has never let me down. Works directly with Power Point too!
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex-A
    Camtasia is great.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Then
    For paid solution, I know that there is this: Camstudio Gold

    Camstudio Gold | Video Screen Recorder

    Though I never use it, I thought it's worth a mention here.
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    • Profile picture of the author Josh Anderson
      Originally Posted by Joseph Then View Post

      For paid solution, I know that there is this: Camstudio Gold

      Camstudio Gold | Video Screen Recorder

      Though I never use it, I thought it's worth a mention here.
      Paid versions of the free opensource CamStudio - Free Screen Recording Software do not provide any advantage over the current free version 2.5 beta

      Most benefits previous versions provided were improvements on embedded flash video player generated by camstudio.

      Though I love camstudio as a screen capture product it should never be used for encoding and embedding video in a webpage.

      You should always save a high quality master output as an avi and then encode it to flash video formats using codecs such as vp6 for flv and h.264 for mp4 using industry leading encoding applications.

      This will give you a smaller file size and higher quality final result.

      You should then embed it in your website using professional quality video players.

      The reason camstudio should not be used to encode and embed is because out of necessity of the free open source identity it only contains limited older open source codecs and encoding processes for flash. These do not provide as high a compression and image quality as vp6 and h.264.

      Additionally the players provided with any version of camstudio really only offer the most basic flash 7 swf functionality.

      Great if you have no other options... but definately won't provide the best eperience as compared to using professional encoding and player solutions after capturing and rendering an AVI from Camstudio instead.

      And again anyone who is trying to figure this subject out should really read this following thread and watch the video tutorials posted by myself and others in various posts of the thread:

      http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...camstudio.html
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  • Profile picture of the author pbennett
    I'll have to try Camtasia.

    I use SnagIt.
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  • Profile picture of the author supreme
    cam studio should work well. it works for me
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    • Profile picture of the author JAIDEEP2959
      I am currently using SnagIt 7 and it works best for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author timer
    Camstudio for me as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jag82
    Having used both Camtasia and CamStudio,
    it's definitely Camtasia for me.

    Why? Because it's easier to compile, edit
    and produce.

    It comes with a lot of bells and whistles
    that may sometime confuse a new user.

    Most of the time, you probably won't use
    them. Nevertheless, once you use it, you will
    quickly discover why it may be the best long
    term solution for your video marketing needs.

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  • Profile picture of the author Doublejm
    I use jing to make quick videos for my outsourcers to show them what to do. Camtasia is easy to use and hooks up with powerpoint really easy. Screenflow hands down on my Mac Book Pro!!!!

    jing is the best free option!
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  • Profile picture of the author Sean Kelly
    What's The Best Screen Capture Software?
    The "PrtScrn" button on your PC's keyboard

    Then all you need to do is paste the image from the clipboard into whatever application you like (word, photoshop, paint, openoffice, etc).

    Sean
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    • Profile picture of the author intromaster
      Techsmith's Snagit-9 is really good. Camtasia is excellent too but it's pretty $$$

      I havent tried Jing yet, though.
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  • Profile picture of the author NetInvestor
    Originally Posted by buddy7 View Post

    Hey Everyone,

    I was wondering what the best screen capture software is with audio capability. I would rather get free ones, but I am open to others that are not free. Also, what's the best way to record a video of a power point presentation? Would the screen capture software be the best way to record a power point presentation?

    Thanks!

    Buddy7
    i just use camista for this kind of job.

    Easy to use.

    Cheers,

    Patrick
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  • Profile picture of the author wanrom
    Check out SnagIt. I use that to capture the shots and then I use Macromedia/Adobe Fireworks for editing.
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    • Profile picture of the author Lance K
      SangIt and Camtasia Studio don't do the same thing.

      I use them both. They compliment each other nicely.
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  • Profile picture of the author Arted4Life
    I would have to personally recommend camtasia. Its great and its sooo easy to edit things. Pretty much the greatest screen capture software ever.
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  • Profile picture of the author tacticalm
    I vote for CamStudio.
    There are a number of good products you can use - but this one has worked for me.
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