I’ve often said that it’s good for bloggers to mix up their content with a variety of different forms of media. Rather than just text, you might spice things up with images, video, or audio. The benefit for your reader is that they’re not always seeing the same form of media and therefore your site is more interesting and more appealing to a broader range of readers.
Video can sometimes be a bit intimidating if you’re not comfortable putting your face on the camera. Video recording yourself is not always appropriate as well if you’re trying to demonstrate a product or show someone how to do something online. In those cases, it can sometimes make more sense to do a screen capture video. Here I’m going to discuss three alternative ways to record a screen capture video so that you can share something with your readers.
3 Tools for Screen Capture Video
The first option is to use a great free online video capture service called screenr. You can visit the website screenr.com and joinby using your Twitter ID as your login username and password. From their screenr gives you the option to record a new video.
By simply clicking on the record now button you will be presented with a resizable window that you can basically position to fit the area of your computer screen that you want to record. You can either record something that you see on your browser or something that you see within an application such as PowerPoint or Keynote that you want to record.
Then you simply press the record button and start recording. You have 5 min. to record your video and you can just use the built-in microphone with your laptop or your computer to do the audio. Screenr records all of your mouse movements and does not require any editing. In fact there is no editing capability within screenr .
The benefit of using Screenr is that you can record videos very quickly on the fly and save them to YouTube. You can also download your videos for further editing if you choose and then republish them on any platform that you wish. I like to use screenr on occasion in those situations where I just need to record something quickly and get it out there without doing any editing.
2. Screenflow for Mac
A second option that I use quite frequently is Screenflow for Mac. Screenflow is a $99 product that gives you full control over the screen capture and audio recording requirements for recording anything that you see on your desktop. The beauty of Screenflow is the post recording editing capabilities.
In my opinion Screenflow provides the best end-user experience in terms of the way screen capture is presented because it allows you to zoom in on the mouse and record any keystrokes that you perform while recording the video. You can also add text titles and other zoom in zoom out effects to give it a very professional look and feel.
You can also add additional videos on top of one another so that you can combine multiple videos into one final product and create the best possible screen capture to get across your point. Screenflow is highly recommended by professionals and you see it quite often on some of the best tutorial websites across the web.
The third option for those of you that have a Mac is QuickTime. The latest version of QuickTime that comes with Lion OS X allows you to record video from your screen or any application on your computer and again allows you to determine the width and height of the recording capture size.
Quicktime is really a great solution if you just need a basic screen capture video. There is no built-in editing capability but if you’d like to export your video to iMovie the sky is the limit. The latest version of Quicktime also provide you with the ability to export to YouTube and Facebook among many other options. This is great if you want to use social media as a platform to distribute your videos online.
As I mentioned earlier screen capture is a great way to put video on your blog or on your website without actually shooting video of you talking or some other subject using a video camera. It’s a great way to illustrate a point or post a tutorial on your website and teach other people how to do something.
I’ve gotten tremendous traffic to my website with screen capture videos and I highly recommend them to any blogger looking to add a little variety to their blog.
Do you ever recorder and publish screen capture video on your website? What tools do you use?