Screen Capture and Video Editing
Screen Capture Software
- Camtasia – Camtasia allows you to capture and edit screen video with audio. Camtasia is available for both Mac and Windows.
- QuickTime Player – Quicktime, available as a free download from Apple, allows you to record the screen and your voice on the Macintosh.
Free Screen Capture Applications
- Snip for Windows by Microsoft – This is an easy-to-use screen capture program. You can save as a .png or .mp4.
- Jing for Macintosh and Windows – Jing by TechSmith allows you to capture videos that are five minutes or less.
- SMART Recorder for Macintosh and Windows – For those of you with SMART Notebook installed on your computers, you have the added bonus of the SMART Recorder in your tools that can you can use to capture your screen. You can save in Windows as a .WMV file or on the Macintosh as a .MOV file. This is not the same as the SMART Notebook Page recorder that lets you record everything you do on a SMART Notebook page; SMART Recorder allows you to capture what you do on your screen.
- Quicktime Player for Macintosh – Quicktime allows you to capture all or part of the screen with audio and save as a .MOV.
- CamStudio for Windows – CamStudio is an open source screen capture application for Windows that creates AVI files that it can save to Flash videos (SWF files). Please note that if you are creating videos for the iPad that the iPad does not support Flash videos.
- Autoscreen Recorder – for Windows – Autoscreen Recorder is free and captures AVI files that you can save to Flash videos (SWF). It’s features are limited though, including you cannot capture sound and voice. To enable more features, outlined on this comparison chart, you would need to purchase the Pro version.
- Wink for Windows – Capture screenshots from either a Windows computer or Android phone and then annotate them. No Flash is required.
Video Editing and Still Image Video Creation Software
- iMovie for Macintosh, iPad, and iPhone – iMovie lets you import and edit video. iMovie is included in the iLife suite of products and is available on UDeploy for installation on University-owned computers.
- Microsoft Movie Maker for Windows- Movie Maker is available with the Windows Live suite of products or as a stand alone product.
- Adobe Premiere Elements for Windows – Premiere Elements lets you import and edit digital video.
- VideoPad for Macintosh
- VirtualDub video capture and processing utility for Windows
- Pinnacle VideoSpin for Windows – VideoSpin lets you edit video and audio and supports the following video formats: AVI (DV AVI), MJPEG, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX and WMV.
Accessibility in Video
- Movie Captioner for Macintosh and Windows – Free software that adds captions to your videos.
- Camtasia – Camtasia has speech recognition built in so that it can automatically create captions for you. Techsmith, the creators of Camtasia, offer a tutorial on this speech to text feature.
Audio Recording and Editing
- Audacity – Audacity is a free audio editor and recorder. Supported formats for editing are WAV, AIFF, FLAC, MP2, MP3 or Ogg Vorbis.
Tutorials for Popular Screen Capture Applications
- Camtasia Studio – TechSmith has a series of useful tutorials for Camtasia Studio to get you started with screen capture and editing video and audio.
- SnagIt – Getting Started Guide
- Jing – TechSmith offers tutorials for Jing, a free video capture tool with a five-minute video recording limit.
How Can I Capture Videos in the Classroom?
UD Capture – UD Capture is an automatic classroom recording system that captures the display of the device you connect to the data projector and your voice. If your class or event is held in a classroom equipped with UD Capture, you can schedule UD Capture by submitting an online form. There also is a mobile UD Capture device available for a fee, if a classroom is not UD-Capture equipped. UD Capture is free for numbered and lettered courses; other rates are listed on the form page.
Where Can I Store My Videos?
- Canvas and Sakai – If you are teaching a class or have a special project, you can request a course or project site on Canvas or Sakai, UD’s course management systems, that allow you to upload and store videos.
- Screencast.com – Screencast.com offers free storage up to 2 GB. For more than 2 GB, there are monthly and annual pricing plans. Screencast can store popular video formats including Flash, WMV, and MOV.
- UD Capture site – Class videos for the current semester are stored on the UD Capture site. For access after a class has ended, contact Academic Technology Services.
- OET – If you are conducting a research study, it may be appropriate for you to store your video on the Office Educational Technology’s human subjects server. Please contact OET-Help to find out more.
- External hard drive – If you choose to store your videos on an external hard drive, please make sure that you have a backup system in place such as Time Machine (Macintosh) or Windows Backup. The Office of Educational Technology can work with you to configure a back up solution.
If you are not sure where to store your video, please contact OET Help.
What Equipment Will I Need to Create Screen Captures?
If you want to record your screen, along with your voice, you will need the following:
- a screen capture application
- a microphone
- and a web cam, if you want to include a video of yourself or a stationary object
Screen Capture Application
If your videos will be over five minutes in length, it is recommended that you purchase Camtasia Studio or a similar robust screen capture application that has features to support your video capture and editing needs.
You can choose a USB microphone that will plug into the USB port of your computer or you can choose a USB headset with an attached microphone. Logitech offers headsets with microphones. A stand alone microphone that is popular for recording because of its clarity is Blue Microphones Yeti.
If you want to capture video of yourself or of an object, you also will need a USB webcam. Logitech offers a variety of web cams. For stationary objects, the IPEVO Point 2 View camera serves as a web cam and document camera that allows you to get as close as 2″. If you’d like to test a Point 2 View camera, contact OET.
TechSmith, the developer of Camtasia Studio, has tested several microphones and webcams and has created a list of recommended equipment.
If you have questions regarding specific products to purchase, contact OET.
Free Video Players
- Quicktime – Quicktime supports MOV, AVI, and MP4 and other file formats.
- Windows Media Player – Supported formats include WMV, AVI, MP4, MP3, and AVI file formats, among others.
- VLC – VLC supports most file formats, including WMV, MPEG, MP4, MP3, and AVI.
- RealPlayer Cloud (formerly RealPlayer) – RealPlayer Cloud’s supported formats include MOV, AVI, MP4, and MP3.
Free Video File Format Conversion
- Zamzar – convert video and other file formats up to 100 MB. If your file is more than 100 MB, you’ll need a basic or pro account.
Comparison between SnagIt and Camtasia by TechSmith