This morning I sat down at my computer with the intention of continuing my work on Chapter 9 of The Burning City. I had my coffee, my solitude--and, as usual, my brain had other plans. My sister-mine Stephanie (of Steph Skiles Creations) had recently started making short, funny videos about her problems as a Story Board Artist. She plans on breaking in (and tearing up!) the Freelance Artist platform in 2015. She's taking steps to get herself out in the public, using her FIVERR.com presence as a diving board. You can see her videos on her Tumblr page, or watch video 1 and video 2 here. As usual, Stephanie inspired me. I went searching for screen capture programs so I, too, could make videos about my writing. We had talked about it briefly; I told her, "I'm too self conscious, I can't get on a camera!" (My teeth... no, not meant for the camera). So she suggested I could write what I wanted, speed it up, maybe narrate it (I tried the audio thing, I also don't like how I sound!). So I thought, I like to write. I could just record the screen, right? So down the rabbit hole I went. Luckily, it didn't take me long. My first stop was Adobe Captivate. To the tune of $400? No, that was simply unthinkable.
Fortunately for me, the internet is as frugal I as am. Two links down on Google and I see the "free alternative to Adobe Captivate," and I'm already clicking it. I read the article, and went to the website. The free version of the program met all my basic requirements:
Active Presenter, FREE includes:
- Full record mode, in high quality - No watermark - No time limit
It also has an editor feature that lets you string images and recordings together, add narrations, and export to video (avi, mp4, wmv, mkv). The full purpose of this program is to help create and distribute learning materials. As such, it also has options like adding multiple choice questions, highlighted text, focus points--very helpful when relaying information.
I haven't found a use for those features yet, but I've only been working with it for a few hours. I can see the potential to be very great, and I have no complaints.
How Does It Look?
I could tell you all day how great the recording quality is--but I'd rather show you. I've used other programs before that simply cannot capture the clarity of typed words on a screen. ActivePresenter did not disappoint me!
Do you have experience with other screen capture software? Do you prefer a free or premium version? Leave a note in the comments to share your knowledge with the rest of us!