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I am trying to record some screens, with mouse movements and keyboard input, and microphone input, as in "...Put the cursor here like this and enter xxxxxxx yyyyyy like that, and then move the cursor over here, and click the zzzzzzz button..."
The freeware I have encountered so far has been a major impediment. I (naively) thought it would be a few clicks and go. My education continues.
[[[[...Opinions // Suggestions // Advice...]]]] are welcome.
I have tried these with these recorders with these results...
Won't execute (Windows 7)
Records, an interface I can (barely) handle, and I like it, but it gives blurry results
Debut Video Capture
Non-commercial use only; this probably won't work, and I don't want to find out later.
So far the best as far as a resulting image that the user can see and understand; stupendsously complicated, but I'm barely making it work; but I'm worried about keeping stuff here at home; the thing is just so complicated that it is honestly scaring me.
Requires internet connection; and that's a major stopping point
- Successfully used in Win7 and Win10.
- Only 15 Mb installer
- Very easy to use, intuitive settings
- It makes the video and you can record the systems sound and / or your microphon, you configure the area to get recorded.
- You can record from Webcam
- You can set a watermark
- Works offline
- Good quality video in *avi format (minus as well, I listed it below too)
- Not many options (but at least what it is there works good)
- Only one output format --> *.avi, 1 hour session is around 2 Gbs (you have to convert it later to mp4 or reduce the fps in the avi format)
- The keyboard shortcuts don't always work (so I stop it with the mouse and cut the last 2 seconds when converting the fps)
- You can't show the key presses in the video (some other software I tested showed the key strokes as text in the right side, but I didn't like the rest, so I kept using electa)
EDIT: I have seen that the key press info is important for you.
The name of the one I checked where keyboard presses are listed is ashampoo snap 9 (they now offer v11), you have to register and they give you a limited free version. You need internet from time to time beacuse they check the license periodically. But... as I say, although they offer more options, I didn't like the result and I kept using electa.
If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
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I've used TechSmith's Jing tool for screen capture for a long time, and it includes video capture (with mic input) as well. Screen capture includes the option to draw, highlight and annotate screen captures, and integrates with screencast.com to upload screenshots for sharing (as an option), or to save or copy to clipboard. It's free and reliable... BUT it is now being replaced by a new tool from TechSmith[^]
The old version of Jing is still available on the above page though, and the description of the new tool suggests it does at least everything Jing does.
Jing runs the whole time with a small, discrete orange semi-circle docked to any edge of your screen; mouse over it and you get a simple graphical menu.
If it doesn't have to be a video but can be a slide show with where to click, psr.exe built-in. Videos are a PITA to follow anyway.
Otherwise, your graphics card's software suite should be able to do the trick. I know that GeForce Experience records, among other things, the desktop (if you allow), I'm rather sure AMD got something similar. No idea about Intel's gaming ambitions though (desktop recording is oddly enough often associated with gaming).
As a complementary bit of software, you could consider Vidrio [^] which combines your web cam with your main screen's background so that you can point directly at whatever part of the screen image you want to indicate. Works well for conferencing as well.
I am surprised by your review of Flashback Express - I use it all the time without blurry results. The freeware was good enough for all my purposes, but I paid for the Pro version, because I like to support good software. I have never used any of the Pro features - the freeware is <b>that</b> good.
The interface is a bit wonky if you only want to record the webcam, but they seem to be working all the time to improve the software.
Note - they save their files as a proprietary FBR format, which seems great in terms of compression. But I use the built-in export function to change to AVI/MP4/WMV and have great control over how compressed I want the file to be.
I'm not sure that it is possible to capture the screen correctly while the resolution is changing. For something as oddball as this, I would probable go old school and capture the screen externally, using my phone as a video camera.
Not a software way, but if you have the gear to do it, something really worth considering.
My laptop has like many of it's era a VGA and an HDMI output on it. I also own a digital video recorder than can record from it's HDMI inputs as well as the built in tuner.
I can redirect my audio via the HDMI too, so all system sounds can be sent that way, including my narration.
All I do is set my "dual" monitor (HDMI + built in screen) setup in mirror mode so everything I see on the LT screen, is sent out of the HDMI, then I just set my DVR into record mode.
Once I'm finished, I log into the DVR via FTP and it allows me to download the recordings from it's hard drive.
The DVR is actually an old CCTV recorder box I snagged off eBay ages ago for about £20, it had no cameras, but it has 8 composite and 4 HDMI inputs. I've upgraded it and put a 2TB Sata drive in (It was originally 500gb) but it gets me a perfect recording every time.
If your doing a LOT of video production like this, it's actually something worth buying.