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Best Desktop Recording Software?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by The Dark Wizard, Aug 29, 2013.

  1. The Dark Wizard

    The Dark Wizard Well-Known Member

    I need to make some instructional videos for our community and I was wondering what users here have used.

    Not going to be using a webcam or anything, just want to show people how to do a few things on our site, etc.
  2. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    I've been using Adobe Captivate...

    I gather it's not cheap, but I have access to a license.
  3. Martok

    Martok Well-Known Member

    I've used Adobe Captivate too but it isn't cheap.

    If you're after something that's free, check out CamStudio.
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  4. Jesepi

    Jesepi Well-Known Member

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  5. Brandon Sheley

    Brandon Sheley Well-Known Member

    I've used Camtasia as well, it's a good product but I don't think it's free.
    Are you looking for free or paid options?
  6. Lucas

    Lucas Well-Known Member

    Another vote for Camtasia.
  7. Anthony Parsons

    Anthony Parsons Well-Known Member

    For windows... Captivate is the best, camtasia is good, and mac use ishowuHD.
  8. OSS 117

    OSS 117 Well-Known Member

    Camtasia is better than Captivate in my experience. Captivate is buggy and slow to get simple things into the renderer.
  9. Kevin

    Kevin Well-Known Member

    For quick video demos I find CamStudio does the job and, for free, at a great price. ;)
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  10. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member


    I used this to make my videos here on XenForo. Allows you to add sound tracks and even video voice overs. Easily uploads them to YouTube. Xomes with an in-built video editor where you can split your recordings and add text in between two clips, creating a slideshow effect.

    BlueBerry FlashBack Express Recorder

    This one is cool because it will allow you to record both your desktop and you at the same time. So people not only hear your voice, they can see you. Think picture in picture.
  11. I've used CamStudio in the past - does a great job without having to delve into your pockets...
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  12. EQnoble

    EQnoble Well-Known Member

    If you don't want to spend any money to try software out or if you insist on trying desktop software before you buy...

    http://www.faststonesoft.net/DN/FSCaptureSetup76.exe - ms win (home)

    Free with the option to purchase a lifetime license or uninstall it after 30 days.

    I have captivate and tons of other software as well as external hardware for recording and editing any source, but when I am doing something fast and simple and am not inserting menus, overlaying text or images or adding secondary audio samples into the mix, I use this exclusively. It is simple to use and setup, opens instantaneously, works quickly and flawlessly and really saves a bunch of time when I am not needing to use something really high end with every option known to man.

    It not only captures video from boxed regions to full-screen, it also can snap images in full screen (while open the print screen button automatically snaps and opens up the image editor by default but can also be set to auto save it to an image file as well as send to print queue, email, ftp transfer or the a bunch of the apps from the office software suite) as well as objects, windows and scrolling windows like when you have a webpage that scrolls down for 10000 pixels..you can also set it to freehand capture a region which is cool but I don't really use it as I just manually blur things that I don't want people to see.

    There is a lot of other functionality as well but I figured I would point out some of the basics of the app since I use it and I like the way that company does business.
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2013
  13. Paul

    Paul Well-Known Member

    I use Faststone Capture. Small app, simple and easy to use to taking both screenshots and Videos....


    And only $19 for a lifetime licence after 30 day trial :)

    ( I have no association, just a satisfied customer..)
  14. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    I use quicktime but it's not for recording what I'm doing. :whistle:
  15. imno007

    imno007 Well-Known Member

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