(Ep. 5) Best Screen Capture Software Comparison Series – Jing (and Snagit)

Did you see what I did there?  In the title?  You already know something’s up.

Turns out, Techsmith is retiring Jing Pro….

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Beginning February next year (2013), they’ll be reverting all Jing Pro subscribers to the free version of Jing.  In the meantime, encouraging new users to try the new version of Snagit which, beginning with version 2, now sports the ability to for video screen captures.

And that’s not at all a bad thing.  As I say in the video, Snagit — although not what I would consider a robust video screen capture software tool — is definitely a piece of software that should be in your toolkit if you plan on producing screencasts professionally.

So, all this begs the question:  With all the choices out in the wild, which video screen capture software should you use for professional screen capture projects?  Check out the video; I answer all those questions for you.

[Related:  Best Screencasting Software Series]

(Ep. 4) Best Screen Capture Software Comparison Series – Screenflow

If you’re juuust jumping into the series, then you’ll want to start with episode 1 in this series: Six of the Best Screen Capture Software – Compared (Ep. 1).  You’ll also want tosubscribe so you get notified when new updates come online.

In this episode: Telestream’s Screenflow

Screenflow is Telestream’s client-side video screen capture software that’s made for the Macintosh.  In the  features we’re using for comparing the different software in this series, Screenflow came out with an overall “Mel Rank” of 5.0 (out of 5)*.

  • Cursor effects/animation: 5 (out of 5)
  • Multiple video tracks:  5 (out of 5)
  • Multiple audio tracks: 5 (out of 5)
  • Animation of annotations and/or callouts:  4.5 (out of 5)

*  Note:  While Screenflow actually scored a Mel-rank of 4.5 out of 5 in the annotations/callouts area due to some limitations I mention in the video about the pixelation feature, I decided to give it a “field promotion” to an overall Mel-rank of 5 out of 5.  I thought Screenflow’s feature of capturing keyboard button-key combinations during the recording stage was an extra bonus.  (Hey Techsmith – that’s a good feature to have for Cam-Mac!)  🙂

Summary

So far in this series, Screenflow and Camtasia for Macintosh have come out on top.  Each has earned an overall Mel-rank of 5 out of 5.  Interestingly, at a price point of $99, each is actually very cost effective.  Next up in this series, we’ll take a look at Techsmith’s Jing product.

[Related: Best Screencasting Software Series]

(Ep. 3) Best Screen Capture Software Comparison Series – Camtasia Studio

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If you’re juuust jumping into the series, then you’ll want to start with episode 1 in this series: Six of the Best Screen Capture Software – Compared (Ep. 1).  You’ll also want to subscribe so you get notified when new updates come online.

In this episode: Techsmith’s Camtasia Studio

Camtasia Studio is Techsmith’s client-side video screen capture software that’s made for Windows.  In the  features we’re using for comparing the different software in this series, Camtasia Studio came out with an overall “Mel Rank” of 3.5 (out of 5)*

  • Cursor effects/animation: 4 5 (out of 5)*
  • Multiple video tracks:  2 (out of 5)
  • Multiple audio tracks: 4 (out of 5… and only marginally, at that)
  • Animation of annotations and/or callouts:  3

* Update: March 3 – Shane Lovellette, the Product Manager for Camtasia (Studio and Mac) was kind enough to respond with a clarification.  In fact, Camtasia Studio, like it’s Macintosh brother, does indeed have a magnify cursor effect.  I’ll cross-post a follow up video to show you where that’s at.  Also, this effectively bumps the Mel-Rank of cursor effects from a 4 to a 5, which makes the overall Mel-Rank bump correspondingly from a 3.25 to a 3.5.  


Although many of you — and my friends at Techsmith — know that I’m a big fan of Techsmith’s products, I have to say that one of my biggest long time gripes with Camtasia Studio is the fact that it only supports one (1) video track and three audio tracks.  (In the video, I show some workarounds where you can get another video track.  But, for the most part, you really only get one.)

The other thing that kept me from assigning a higher overall Mel-rank is the limitations in keyframe type animation of video and callouts.

Take a look at the video above to see what I mean.  Let me know what you think.

[Related: Best Screencasting Software Series]