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    Video capturing software

    I have been shopping around for good video capturing software (Mac - Snow Leopord compatible) and I have narrowed it down to a couple choices.

    iShowU and Camtasia

    The aim is to make on-screen tutorial videos (no web cam or external video sources will be used).

    There is a decent price difference, but I was wondering if anyone has any experience using either program.

    If you have a different option you prefer feel free to sell me on it

    Thanks for any help
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    I can't directly help you in your quest, but about a year ago I contemplated buying a screen capturing and video capturing application for the creation of tutorials, short video demonstrations.

    My evaluation back then resulted in favour of Snapz X Pro. I never got around to buying it, thus I can't give you first-hand input on how good it is. However, you might want to include it in your evaluation process unless, of course, you've already done so.
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    I'm interested in this too, and haven't quite made a choice. The only other one I know if is ScreenFlow, which was used in some of the recent SitePoint courses.

    EDIT: hah, now there's another one on the list, thanks to Maleika. That one looks nice.
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    Well, iShowU and Snapz are off the list.

    I prefer Screenflow and Camtasia's interface and it blends in a lot of features that made iMovie a great beginner's tool for video creation/editing.

    Both are the same price so back to the guts of each I go! *put on headlamp*
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    I can only speak for the PC version, but Camtasia is the King of screencasting software if you ask me. As a bonus I think the MAC version is cheaper than the PC one, but as with most things, I say try 'em out yourself and see what you think before deciding.

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    So far I'm pretty impressed with Camtasia. I still love the simple interface with a plethora of audio and video editing options available.

    I know they use their SmartFocus, but I wish there was a "Highlight Only Cursor" where, say, the whole screen when opaque except for around the mouse. Perhaps adding IShowU's feature of detecting mouse clicks with on-screen effects would be nice. I'm still plugging away through their tutorial videos so maybe there is a simpler way.

    I'll have to give Screenflow a go soon
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    I have been using Hypercam (which is about 30$ if I remember correct) to make promotional videos explaining our software.

    So far it has been easy to use and has most the functions that I am looking for.

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    Camtasia is the best I've seen. For now I am using Microsoft Expression Screen Recorder, the light free 10 minute video version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JREAM View Post
    Camtasia is the best I've seen. For now I am using Microsoft Expression Screen Recorder, the light free 10 minute video version.
    I've been checking out the trial versions of Screenflow and Camtasia. Camtasia is a lot easier to learn, but it's frustrating that each lacks some things that the other has. If they could just combine... that would be great.
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