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Screen Capture Software – Jing, Screenflow, Camtasia Studio, iShowU, Snagit


There are several good screen capturing programs with varying degrees of sophistication. Some are optimized for creating instructional videos. Others are more simplistic. Here’s a short list with links to more details. Other than QuickTime, the following products are available for Apple or Windows users.

QuickTime and iMovie (Free)

For Apple users, using QuickTime software it’s possible to choose New Screen Recording from the File menu and create a simple recording of whatever is on your computer screen. Basic editing can be done in iMovie. This free combination of programs may be all that most people need.

iShowU by ShinyWhiteBox ($24 to $79)

“shinywhitebox specializes in apps that let you record video directly from the screen of your Mac. Our most popular product is iShowU Instant, the “realtime” video screen recorder. We also have editing software as well, so whether you’re in the market for a fast & simple screen recorder or a fully featured editing solution, we have something for you!” [More…]

Screenflow by Telestream ($99)

For Apple users, with ScreenFlow screen recording, you can record any part of your monitor while also capturing a video camera, iOS device, microphone, multi-channel audio device and computer audio. The easy-to-use editing interface lets you creatively edit your video, and add additional images, text, music, animations and transitions for a professional-looking screencast. The software is available through the Apple App Store making it easy to install and use on all your computers. You can also purchase it directly from Telestream with various developer kits available. [More…]


Techsmith Products

Techsmith is best known for their Camtasia Studio software, but they offer other screen capture products as well. They are listed below.

Camtasia Studio ($199 retail / $169 education)

“Create a great looking video, even if you’ve never made one before. Camtasia makes it easy to record your screen or import your own video and audio files. The multi-track timeline expands to fit all your projects. Split clips into two, remove portions of a clip, or delete one entirely. You can also add music, photos, narration, and more.” [More…]

Jing (Free)

“Whether for work, home, or play, Jing gives you the ability to create basic visual elements and share them with others.” Jing is a free high quality screen capture program by Techsmith that includes some useful features and comes with plenty of online tutorials. [More…]

Snagit ($49 retail / $29 education)

“Snagit lets you share what can’t be put into words. Easily create custom images and videos for demos, feedback, reviews, and more. Snag any image and enhance it with effects or create a quick video of your computer screen with no time restrictions. Then share your creations instantly with anyone. No matter what you’re working on, Snagit helps you eliminate confusion and provide people with personal, meaningful content.” [More…]

By Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson is a freelance writer and tech consultant in Iowa City. He is also the founder and Director of the ResourcesForLife.com website. Learn more at AboutGregJohnson.com

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