I was reminded of the Jing project by my VA friend, Lisa Wells recently. Since I already use TechSmith’s Camtasia Studio (which allows you to record, edit, create audio and video productions), I initially hadn’t seen the value in using a program with fewer features. Boy, was I wrong! Camtasia Studio is a fantastic, feature-rich suite of products but it’s an investment and not intended for the novice.
Jing (http://jingproject.com) is a screen and video capture tool that is easy to install and super-easy to use. It’s available for both PC and Mac users. And I am in awe of the supreme simplicity TechSmith has injected into this software.
The ‘sun’ controls are cute, simple and unobtrusive (see top left). You have three options: Capture, History and More.
‘Capture’ allows you to select a window, a section of a window or customize selection to a desired area for screen or video capture. Next, you’re prompted with image, video, redo or cancel options. If you go pro, you have the additional option of capturing video via a webcam.
If you want to capture an image from your screen, you have a few simple, annotating tools at your disposal including: text, arrows, frames and highlighting. If you choose video, you can pause/resume, choose to record sound or not, restart and cancel. Selecting ‘stop’ automatically provides you with a preview of your video, which you can then upload to a free Screencast (http://screencast.com) account, save to a drive, or edit in Camtasia. They do restrict you to five minutes of video whether you stay with the free version or go pro.
The ‘History’ option provides access to just that- the history of what you’ve done in Jing. Under the ‘More’ option, you can create a ‘hotkey’ (or keyboard shortcut) for capture, edit the video format (with pro option only) and edit account info. You also have the option to create a new button to customize sharing on your Screencast account.
They’ve kept the pricing simple, too. Free for the basic version and Pro Features are available for $14.95 per year (which they so aptly point out equates to 28.8 cents per week).
This is one program you just have to download! You can use it to capture screen or video for creating products to sell, sharing information in blog posts, doing demo’s for clients, or even providing technology lessons for your less tech-savvy family & friends. Possibilities are endless- tell us what you would use it for…