Aug 092010
 
So…What is Stomp?

While video files are a great way to share information with customers and employees, file size can be an issue. Stomp compresses video files so that they become smaller, and so are easier to email, upload and share.

To save you time Stomp comes with a variety of standard presets including those for outputting files appropriate for  iPhone, iPod Touch, iPod Video, Apple TV and YouTube. However, there are a lot of options so you can configure your own as well.

Another neat feature is Stomps has the ability to crop video so that you can zoom in on a particular area or cut out something unsightly on the edge of the screen. It is also possible to correct colors and brighten up the video too.

How do I get Started with Stomp?

  1. Go to http://store.shinywhitebox.com/
  2. Click Store
  3. If you only want to buy iShowU select it from the Products tab, if you would like to purchase iShowU as well go to Bundles.
What Will it Cost Me?

Stomp costs $29.95 USD but if you purchase it with iShowU you can get a bundled discount.

What platform is it available on?

The Stomp application only runs only on the Mac operating system.

Jul 262010
 
So…What is iShowU?

iShowU is a popular screen capture tool for the Mac made by ShinyWhiteBox. It allows you to record your screen and your voice and with the HD (standing for High Definition) versions you can also make use of your webcam to insert yourself into the video. iShowU comes in three flavors

  • iShowU Classic
  • iShowU HD
  • iShowU HD Pro

Check out the comparison chart to see the features of each version
http://store.shinywhitebox.com/store/shop.php?shpage=Products&fc=1

If you need more than the 5 minute limit imposed by Jing but don’t need the all of the editing features of Camtasia then iShowU could be the answer.

Also note, that if you are concerned about file sizes you may want to consider purchasing ShinyWhiteBox’s other product Stomp, which compresses video files.

How do I get Started with iShowU?
  1. Go to http://store.shinywhitebox.com/
  2. Click Store
  3. If you only want to buy iShowU select it from the Products tab, if you would like to purchase Stomp as well go to Bundles in order to save some money.
What Will it Cost Me?
  • iShowU Classic – $20.00 USD
  • iShowU HD – $29.95 USD
  • iShowU HD Pro – $ 59.95 USD
What platform is it available on?

This is available for Mac only.

Jul 052010
 
So…What is Camtasia?

Small businesses are increasingly using videos to train employees, offer customer support and promote their products, and with the growing popularity of information products, the videos are often the actual thing being sold. Videos are an easy way to demonstrate a process, product or an idea as they are both audio and visual making it easier to get a point across.

While there are a variety of products available that do screen capture, Camtasia Studio is an extremely big player in the market.

Creating a video requires 3 steps:

  • Record – Camtasia offers it’s users flexible recording options. You can choose whether to capture full screen, window or by region. You can also add in music tracks or use  a microphone to record your voice, and if you would like to appear in video you can utilize the picture-in-picture function to use your webcam.
  • Edit – Once you’re done recording, you then can polish it up to turn it into a professional quality video.
  • Share – After recording and editing your video, it’s time to export it – it can be saved in a variety of file formats or shared online.

Note that Camtasia for Mac is a newer product than Camtasia Studios (the Windows version) and the features of the two products are not identical.

How do I get Started with Camtasia ?
  1. Go to http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.asp
  2. Select Free Trail or Buy Now.
  3. You may download the free trial, but the full version is shipped out to you (International orders will take about 4 to 6 weeks), so you may want to download the free trial even if you intend to buy.
What Will it Cost Me?
  • The free trial version which is fully functional lasts 30 days.
  • The full versions costs $299.00 USD (Windows) and $99.00 USD (Mac)
What platform is it available on?

There are two versions, and the features are different – one for Mac and one for Windows.

Jun 072010
 
So…What is MySpeed?

MySpeed lets you alter the playback speed of Flash videos without losing sound quality. Generally you will want to speed up video to save you time, but there is the option to reduced the speed if say you were taking notes from a webinar. MySpeed is ideal for finding “How-To” information on YouTube, as it lets you speed through the chatter and get to the content you’re really looking for.

How do I get Started with MySpeed?
  1. Go to http://www.enounce.com/
  2. Choose to download a Free 7 Day Trial or purchase it  by clicking Add to Cart.
What Will it Cost Me?

MySpeed costs $29.99 USD and they do offer 100% 30-day money back guarantee.

What platform is it available on?

There are versions of MySpeed available for both Windows and Macs.

May 312010
 
So…What is Jing Pro?

Jing Pro is the paid-for version of Jing (the free tool talked about it last weeks toolbox tip).

So here are the extras you get with JingPro:

  • The ability to save files in MPEG-4 format.
  • The option to use your webcam so you can appear in the video.
  • Easy upload to YouTube.
  • Unbranded video (with the free version, everyone will see the “Jing” logo on your recording).

Note though you still only get 5 minutes of video recording time, if you need more then you will need to look at other tools such as Jing Pro’s big brother Camtasia.

How do I get Started with Jing Pro?
  1. Go to http://www.jingproject.com/pro/
  2. Click the button on the right side of your screen to purchase Jing Pro.
What Will it Cost Me?

JingPro will cost you – $14.95 USD per year

What platform is it available on?

Jing Pro works on PCs and Macs.

May 242010
 
So…What is Jing?

If you’ve got something to share and words are not enough, then show it using Jing.

You can use Jing to:

  • Capture snapshots and annotate then to highlight the area you are referencing.
  • Record what’s happening on your screen in real-time including your own voice over (note – video time limit is 5 minutes).

These are perfect to use when giving step-by-step instructions to a client or employee or to explain a difficulties you are experiencing.

How do I get Started with Jing?

  1. Go to http://www.jingproject.com/
  2. Download the free software
  3. Install the software

What Will it Cost Me?

Nothing, it is absolutely free.

(There is a paid for version, with more features which you can read about next week)

What platform is it available on?

Jing works on both Macs and Windows.