What software to use to make a video instruction of your software product?

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Hi,
what software to use for making video instructions for your product, mostly for a software program?

What I need is to record the screen while I use the software for the explanation, record my voice at the same time or voice-over later, and put the text presentation next to, or on the screen, and I need something which is easily edited. (stop the video 5seconds for the text explanations etc)

Are there any all-in-one software for this kind of a purpose or do I have to record the screen and then edit in a different video presentation software program?

Thanks always for your help.
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  • Profile picture of the author VilPietersen@
    I use Camtasia studio for my videos, I then edit them in windows movie maker. I have got a cool tutorial on my blog that shows you how to do it.

    Newbie Sales System Blog Archive CamStudio Tutorial

    hope this helps
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    • Profile picture of the author SageSound
      Originally Posted by VilPietersen@ View Post

      I use Camtasia studio for my videos, I then edit them in windows movie maker. I have got a cool tutorial on my blog that shows you how to do it.

      Newbie Sales System Blog Archive CamStudio Tutorial

      hope this helps
      You use Camtasia studio, but edit your videos in Windows Movie Maker and have a tutorial about CamStudio that shows how to use Camtasia? Say WHAT?

      Camtasia Studio has a full editing suite built-in. Why would you need to edit it in anything else?

      "CamStudio" is a freeware product that is unrelated to "Camtasia Studio". The two are light-years apart in terms of the features they offer you. Camstudio hasn't been updated in ages, and since it's freeware, it's not likely to ever BE updated. There's also no support for it, since there are literally dozens of "private label" versions floating around, and nobody really "owns" it.

      Camtasia, OTOH, gets updated on an annual basis more-or-less. They just released Version 7, which is totally AWESOME!

      Camtasia Studio 7

      -David
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  • Profile picture of the author rapidscc
    If you can afford it, camtasia - it's a well known video creation tool
    but you can also use camstudio.

    However, my favorite for those 5 minutes video is Jing - also free but
    only allows you up to 5 minutes of recording time. Still for me it's perfect
    coz I really don't want to babble for more than 5 minutes.

    It keeps me focused on what I want to say, and you can always create
    another 5 minutes video.

    Best,
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  • Profile picture of the author JonAlfredsson
    Hi,

    I would agree and strongly recommend Camtasia.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dave Bean
    I am also making video instructions for a software program and have a question for Warriors that I'm sure ikuret75 will find useful.

    How do you blur your user name and passwords while creating these instructional videos?

    Is that done later while editing.... can Windows Movie Maker do this?

    Thanks,

    Dave
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  • Profile picture of the author RobertZuma
    I've tried a few of the screen recorders, and Camtasia is definitely the best, although the price is steep. When it comes to screen recorders, you get what you pay for it seems.
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    • Profile picture of the author SageSound
      Originally Posted by RobertZuma View Post

      I've tried a few of the screen recorders, and Camtasia is definitely the best, although the price is steep. When it comes to screen recorders, you get what you pay for it seems.
      Well, the "big secret" is that software like this on the Mac platform is way cheaper, and often better, than on Windows. Camtasia for Mac, Screenflow, and others, are all priced at $99 and less.

      Many people will argue that Screenflow is far superior to Camtasia and the others.
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  • Profile picture of the author RCormacko
    I use Camtasia and the only problem you have with it is that the mouse arrow flickers so you can't follow it while the recording is being made. However, you can almost eliminate this if you go to screen settings and turn the colour resolution right down. You can improve it further if you reduce the hardware acceleration (but remember to turn it back up after).
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  • Profile picture of the author Jay Jennings
    If you're going to pay money, get ScreenFlow -- I swear by it (and almost never at it).

    Jing, as mentioned, is also good, but there's another 5-minute max free option I like, called Screenr.

    Yesterday I created a video showing how you can use Screenr and 280Slides to create screencast videos, online, for free:

    Using Screenr and 280Slides

    It's 9-minutes long but worth the watch of you're looking for some cool online tools.

    Jay Jennings
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    • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
      Originally Posted by Jay Jennings View Post

      If you're going to pay money, get ScreenFlow -- I swear by it (and almost never at it).

      Jing, as mentioned, is also good, but there's another 5-minute max free option I like, called Screenr.

      Yesterday I created a video showing how you can use Screenr and 280Slides to create screencast videos, online, for free:

      Using Screenr and 280Slides

      It's 9-minutes long but worth the watch of you're looking for some cool online tools.

      Jay Jennings
      Jay, are you loving the new export option? If anyone is on Mac, Screenflow is the preferred app. They are still adding to it, and it just keeps getting better and better.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jay Jennings
        Originally Posted by avenuegirl View Post

        Jay, are you loving the new export option? If anyone is on Mac, Screenflow is the preferred app. They are still adding to it, and it just keeps getting better and better.
        Jill - I've used the Export to YouTube a couple times and tried the Export to Flash once (just to see it work), but I export most of my stuff as a "normal" video file.

        The export option I use most of the time now is the iPhone preset, and then modify the size to 640x480 (as opposed to the regular smaller iPhone size).

        That gives me an H.264-encoded video that will work with things like FlowPlayer (the foundation of my Instant Video Web Pages), but it also makes sure the video works when people see it on the iPhone and iPad.

        Jay Jennings
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  • Profile picture of the author wsb46
    i use camtasia,to me it,s the best
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