I was at a Meetup in San Francisco tonight where one of the things that people wanted to find out about was how to do video screen capture and editing. Mainly, they wanted to know which tools are available that are not prohibitively expensive or complex. Clearly this is a big need so I quickly pulled together this post in order to share what I use (as well as other popular options).
Screenflow (for Mac):
Screenflow is the main video screen capture and video editing tool that I use at least once per week. I’m really happy about how easy it is to do basic edits to my videos and screen captures (as compared to high end and more expensive and complicated video editing tools like Final Cut Pro). Here’s one example of a 7 Essential Elements of a Blog Post video that I shot, edited and posted to YouTube using this tool. Who told me about it? Michael Higashi, Video Production Expert and head of Electrify Media (and my brother-in-law). I’m a huge fan of Screenflow and an affiliate.
Camtasia (for PC or Mac):
If you have a PC, you can take a look at Camtasia. Many of the top online marketers use Camtasia for PC for video screen capture and video editing. I haven’t heard any pros or cons of the Mac version. Where I first heard about Camtasia? From David Frey.
Jing (online, PC or Mac):
Jing is an awesome tool to capture and share (online) short videos and pictures. One great usage is to create a quick tutorial video and to send it your client or to post it to your website. The free version is continuing but they’re closing up their pro (paid) service and replacing it with Snagit (see below). Who turned me onto Jing? Maruxa Murphy, who I worked with on the Business Blogging Telesummit.
Snagit (PC or Mac):
The paid, more robust video and picture screen capture capabilities of Jing Pro have been integrated into Snagit. I haven’t used it but it seems to have very good reviews.
Screenr (online, PC or Mac):
Screenr is a free video screen capture tool that allows for easy sharing online (you get a link of the video that is hosted on screener). Similar to Jing, this is great tool for creating quick tutorial videos and then sending out a link to your client (or posting the link to your website). Who told me about Screenr? George Kao, Social Media Coach.
Bonus: Skype Interview Recorder…
eCamm Call Recorder (Mac only):
If you want to do a Skype Interview like the pros, this is the Skype video screen capture tool for you. Who turned me on to eCamm’s Skype recorder? Miss Krizia of the Women’s Empowerment HQ (you can see my interview at that link).
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Tom Treanor is the founder of the Right Mix Marketing blog. He’s the author of the Search Engine Boot Camp, the co-author of Online Business Productivity, and regularly speaks at industry and corporate events. His writing has been featured on the Content Marketing Institute, Social Media Examiner, Copyblogger and other leading industry blogs.