For the tutorials on fmsguru.com I’ve been using Techsmith’s Camtasia application within parallels on Windows XP. It’s worked fairly well but I’ve noticed sometimes that the end of the tutorial’s audio isn’t matched up with the video.. what the heck? and you can’t edit that later in the studio making it a little difficult to fix in post without using some other video application. Not something I want to get into.
This off sync issue is generally because Camtasia doesn’t have enough resources to manage what’s going on. That sucks.. I’ve got a macbook pro here with 4 gig of ram and 2 cpu’s, that’s pretty good. I upped parallels config to allow for all kinds of crazy amounts of memory and cpu, but no dice. In fact, if I have too many apps open (4 maybe) it doesn’t seem to do much good at all.
Which led me to restart my search for a mac app that does screencasting. I originally didn’t bother because I saw that Techsmith was trying to put out a mac version of their software, but the delay is just too long. I feel for them, but have no more time or patience to wait and see what comes out.
The interesting thing is that on their blog they have others that aren’t too happy and they’ve made an effort to point out other apps that are out that do the same or close to the same thing. Great! Good opportunity to go check them out, since I am now in need of something.
The first one that I looked at, which I knew about from a while back, was iShowU. They have a couple of versions, the basic and the pro version. I found the basic version worked rather well and did some what most of the things I needed. No studio to play with messed up parts though. That’s the pro version. All in all, quick, easy and produces great quality videos straight out of it that can be played in the latest flash player (h.264 vids).
Next up was ScreenFlow. This app I found very nice at first glance. The UI is nice, works well enough, but from what I expected from such a nice UI, I wasn’t getting in functionality. No real editing ability, you drag a video in and you have to also drag in the audio.. weird. It worked reasonably well but was more expensive than even the pro version of iShowU. Quality of the video also seemed a bit lower than iShowU. It also seems geared to adding different kinds of effects, I have no need for those. You also can’t seem to select an area to record, it just records the whole screen and you have to edit that later.
The last one was Screenium. While I didn’t end up actually trying the software I do think that it probably solves the basic purpose. The one thing that just stopped me wasting anymore time was that it didn’t have any ability to edit the videos after other than adding in “hot text”. I’ve no need for that either. I think that if I was going to sell a screencasting piece of software I would provide a high quality video of the demo. The video demo they have up makes my eyes hurt.. it’s just too blurry. I hope that isn’t the output it always has. The guy that mentioned it though says it’s pretty good though, so I thought I’d post up here.
Hopefully this short review has been helpful to some. If you know of any others then please let me know.