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David Fortin
Screen Capture Software
on Mar 25, 2015 at 7:26:00 pm

I need to do a screen capture of a client's software applications for a video. His software is on windows.

Does anyone know have experience with a good screen capture software for windows that can capture and export high quality videos, at least 1920x1080, hopefully uncompressed?

Any guidance in this would be greatly appreciated.

David


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James Brooks
Re: Screen Capture Software
on Mar 25, 2015 at 8:47:39 pm

Its not uncompressed, but I am huge fan of Camtasia. It does an amazing job and even comes with a 'screencast' dedicated editor that has all the nice little arrows, highlights and fly outs. No fuss

http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.html

J

http://www.drastic.tv


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David Fortin
Re: Screen Capture Software
on Mar 25, 2015 at 9:06:53 pm

Thanks James.

I checked the specs and the quick start manual and I didn't see any EXPORT info, but I will check their support site or call them to make sure it can output 1920x1080, in a file that's easily imported into FCP.


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Shane Ross
Re: Screen Capture Software
on Mar 25, 2015 at 9:25:24 pm

Whatever they output, you'll have to convert before importing into FCP. Windows machines can't encode FCP 7 editing codecs. You'll need to convert it to ProRes 422...oh, and the dimensions need to be broadcast TV dimensions. Meaning 1920x1080 or 1280x720. Computer screens don't fit those dimensions, so if the screen capture software captures the full screen, you'll need to somehow convert that to 1920x1080 or 1280x720...crop or squeeze.

I used to use SnapzPro and Camista for my tutorials, but it was a pain to try to get the proper dimensions. I switched to ScreenFlow...which is an app that I can edit the screen captures as well. But that's Mac only.

I'm just here to warn you that you need editing codecs, and broadcast TV dimensions if you plan on editing the screen capture with FCP.

Shane
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Mark Suszko
Re: Screen Capture Software
on Mar 25, 2015 at 9:36:09 pm

One other route you can go is to use a piece of hardware called a scan converter/scaler, connects to the display output via HDMI, VGA or whatever. Sits in between device and display, or acts as second output from laptop/tablet.

Benefits: platform-agnostic, adds zero processing or memory overhead to the process, outputs variable and scalable. Record in whatever format you bring. Because it isn't software, a lot of compatibility and permissions issues go away.

Downside: requires outboard recorder and mic.

Costs: used to be 6 grand and up, but now finding nice HD versions in the $300 range.


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John Rofrano
Re: Screen Capture Software
on Mar 29, 2015 at 11:59:28 pm

I do a lot of tutorials that require screen capture on both the PC and Mac and I use Camtasia for both platforms. I highly recommend it and I've been using it for years. The format it captures is extremely high quality but in their own TechSmith codec that you can render to 1080p AVC/H.264 to transfer to your Mac and convert to ProRes for FCP. I use FCP X so I just edit the AVC/H.264 files natively without conversion.

Below are some tutorials I did for Boris TV that are 720p but you can get an idea of the quality even after uploading to YouTube:

This was captured with Camtasia for Mac, rendered to AVC/H.264 and edited in FCP X on my MacBook Pro:





This was captured with Camtasia for Windows and edited natively using Sony Vegas Pro:





As you can see, the screen capture is very readable in both at 720p and 1080p will be even sharper. The key is to capture at the same resolution you will be delivering so you want to capture at 1920x1080 for best results. This means that you may have to resize whatever window you are capturing to be 1920x1080.

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasst.com



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David Fortin
Re: Screen Capture Software
on Apr 1, 2015 at 5:59:48 pm

John,

Thanks for the links. The images do look good.

This could be a good option. Unfortunately, neither my Mac or PCs have software new enough to run it, so I can't download the trial to mess around with it.

I am going to check out the Camtasia tutorials to see about that "TechSmith codec that you can render to 1080p AVC/H.264".

I need to figure out how the client will get me the files I need. And to make sure I will be able to convert them to ProRes.

Thanks for the info.

David


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John Rofrano
Re: Screen Capture Software
on Apr 2, 2015 at 4:25:36 pm

[David Fortin] "I am going to check out the Camtasia tutorials to see about that "TechSmith codec that you can render to 1080p AVC/H.264"."
Camtasia allows you to export your video in any number of formats AVC/H.264 being one of them. Just use the Share | Export... menu and select your desired format.
[David Fortin] "I need to figure out how the client will get me the files I need. And to make sure I will be able to convert them to ProRes."
My 20 minute tutorials are around 400MB and the 40 minute tutorials are around 800MB. You could have the client use DropBox to send you something that small.

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasst.com



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David Fortin
Re: Screen Capture Software
on Apr 8, 2015 at 3:50:28 pm

John,

Thanks for the clarification.

David


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