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Hope this is the right section.... Just wondering if anyone knows of a Good, Easy to Use & Affordable program, that will let me record my screen to video...

 

Basically I want to do video tutorials, kind of like lynda.com so need a way to record me speaking into a microphone and record what I doing on the screen at the same time... B)

 

Thanks

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Camtasia is pretty neat, I don't know what it currently goes for though ($299, just checked). You could also try something freeware like FRAPS, but since it records a video stream (instead of single images) the files will take a lot of room and make editing a horror.

 

John

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I can testify that Camtasia is worth the money.

 

Configuration can be a bit of a pain until you have used it a few times, but the voiceover and compression are quite good for live screen captures.

 

-Jeff

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Wouldn't it possible to record a video with FRAPS and convert it to Flash for compression? Anyone tried it? Does it work?

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Well, that's great, but what about us, not willing to spend $300 for something they'd use once or twice?

 

Thanks for the response, though.

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:offtopic: Every year, I pay a well-known maker of tax software $300 for a program that I use precisely once, never to be used again. What a racket they've got going. I wish paying taxes were optional. :(

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Camatasia has a free download that they claim is fully-functional for 30 days. In my experience with it last year, it did appear to be fully-functional. I wouldnt take that as gospel, but seems like it would be worth a download :(

 

-Jeff

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Thanks again Jozian - I think I will try the download!!

 

@ Respree... What about the new FREE version of M$ Accountant Express?? Maybe give that a whirl to save you some cash....

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I second Camtasia but.... for screencasting you can also use these free solutions:

 

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there a easy solution ,you can use ACA Capture Pro,it can record your screen area you defined and record your voice at the same time.

i am using it, i think it worth a try.

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Thanks everyone. This may be a partial solution for my fiance. He needs a "school" to train some of his employees. He's interested in training them in very specific areas for now.

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It looks like CamStudio is just what I was looking for. Unless there is a more efficient and free variant, of course.

 

Thanks, Ruud.

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How hard are these to learn well enough to make a file that looks nice?

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Most are pretty easy. I use Camtasia myself (well worth the money) and it is childishly simple to get something nice.

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I used to use Camtasia all the time and it's a great piece of software... but I've since transitioned to Adobe Captivate. Although not for the price sensitive($599) ... it's a great piece of software for those looking for the next steps of making your videos interactive.

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Camtasia is now a "mere" $299.

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Oh, I saw Aaron Wall do this recently.

 

I don't know what he used to make the film, but it was just as you described. However, I thought I'd add, I sat there for about the first half minute of his presentation thinking that the film wasn't playing. I thought I was simply seeing a screenshot of his computer and because for the first segment of it, he was just sitting on one page, I didn't realize what was happening until I noticed his cursor moving.

 

So, perhaps when you do your presentation, you could somehow make it really obvious for silly people like me that we're not just looking at a screenshot :)

 

Good luck! I found this technology to be really, really neat (once I understood what was happening!)

Miriam

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So, perhaps when you do your presentation, you could somehow make it really obvious for silly people like me that we're not just looking at a screenshot
Following that, you should check out Tubetorial.com. They do a great job with their screencasts and they cover great topics from web design to SEO.

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On the Mac, there is Snapz Pro X, which is excellent. You can record the system audio, and with a Mike for voiceover. It can save to a bunch of formats, though not Flash currently. It costs $69.

 

For web tutorials, Safari renders pages beautifully, so its a good way to do them. :wacko:

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Timely thread. Nice to see it revisted. The Tubetorial.com is a great resource, thank you. It offers a feed too!

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I just finished a workshop that used Macromedia Breeze by Adobe, which is now called Adobe Acrobat Connect Professional. The screen shots were online and the audio part was by phone. My DSL connection was slow, so the visual on the screen was a step or two behind what I was hearing. We had to have two windows open at once and watch, listen, and do. It wasn't ideal, but we could ask questions and hear each other the whole time and have a bit of a conversation. There were three students, so it wasn't too bad.

 

Christina

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Adobe Captivate is the former RoboHelp product. Adobe bought the company.

 

There is also Quarbon and Screencast-o-matic (a web based solution).

 

K<o>

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Hello conficio and welcome to our forums.

 

If you have the inclination, come on over to Introduce Yourself and tell us a bit about yourself.

 

See you around the forums!

Cheers,

Donna

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