Screen capturing is a great way on how to make a video that can be used for multiple purposes. For example, you can use it to create engaging and effective client presentations, illustrations and video for tutorials and demos, or add examples and assistance to e-learning curriculum.
If you’re looking for good screen capture software for Windows, try TechSmith (http://www.techsmith.com/snagit). Their screen capture tool, Snagit, lets you take a “snapshot” of anything on your PC screen and turn it into a detailed graphic that you can then send or store. Snagit costs about $50.
For screen recording and editing into screencasts, TechSmith has the Camtasia Studio. Camtasia Studio (about $300 purchase price) allows you to record onscreen activity, edit it into a professional-grade screencast video, and share it online. Some of the cool features of Camtasia Studio 7, the latest version, include:
- Callout features
- Library, copy and paste, and YouTube uploading for keeping and sharing content
- Optimized screen recorder and media assets
- Powerful editing, including precision volume controls, editable cursor effects, and SmartFocus
Both Snagit and Camtasia Studio are available for a 30-day free trial with full functionality. Minimum system requirements are Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7; 1.5 GHz single-core processor; Microsoft DirectX 9 or later; 1 GB RAM; at least 500 MB of hard-drive space; and display dimensions of 1024X768 or greater. A Mac version of Camtasia Studio is also available.