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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

5 Popular Free Video Capturing Applications

video captureWhether you are working on a company tutorial, trying to capture your family video online or simply need a visual aid to better illustrate your point, screen capturing software is key in completing these tasks. I've tracked down a few popular services that you may want to try out for your next visual task!

Five Free Video Capturing Softwares:
  • FreeScreenCast - Free web based service that not only enables users to record anything on your computer screen but also takes the hassle out of uploading your recorded clips and takes it a step further by providing users with an embed code to post their screencast immediately after capturing the footage. Great when trying to rush and get your stuff up and shared! Check out their Video Tutorial here!
  • Jing Project - Free Image and Video capturing project which is available for both Mac and PC. Users have 200MB of space for storing screenshots and screencasts and 1 GB of bandwidth that renews monthly. Here you can also instantly upload your footage and therefore share what you see easily via chat, email, flickr, your server or their default hosting on Screencast.com. Video Tutorial is here!
  • Debut - Free software which enables you to record from a webcam, other devices or simply screen capture. Video saving options include .avi, .wmv, .asf .mpg, .3gp, .mp4, .mov and more! Allows users to set recording durations, set-up a time for recording to start and also automatically send the recorded video via email once the recording is done.
  • Demoawy - Free basic windows based screen capturing program which will record screen to .avi or .wmv files. Hot Keys enable users to easily start/stop recording or hide the program window. Not the most popular of free services but it gets the job done.
  • ICQ Webcam Recorder 3 - Popular for those seeking to share screen captures via ICQ, AIM, MSN, YAHOO messenger and Screen. Program loads video compressors making it as simple and easy as possible for fast and easy sharing possibilities.

The five services above are suitable to complete all basic video capturing tasks. If you are seeking a video capturing application with more bells and whistles then check out Camtasia Studio. Camtasia has better editing tools, multiple audio tracks, editable time line and various output formats. There is a slight learning curve but overall its still extremely user friendly. Best of all you can try it out free for 30 days and see if its worth the $299 to purchase. Check out the "Getting Started Tutorial" to see what they have to offer!


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