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Journal Entry: Wed May 21, 2008, 12:12 PM
Hello everyone,

I hope all is well on your side of the screen! Due to my lack of any activity I thought to do everyone a little surprise (which I am right now spoiling, so it won't be any surprise at all, but I need your help). And so, can any of you guys advise me on:

1. The best screen recording software
2. The best video editing software (that would allow me to add captions to selected parts of the video etc.)

(those would be preferably easy to use and free ;P)

Any (prompt) help would be greatly appreciated. :heart:

- Marta

  • Listening to: my computer humming
  • Drinking: water
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kuroe702 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
After effect is more advance but definitely a great program!
SpellboundMisfits Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2008  Student Photographer
i recommend u to use AFTEREFFECTS!
cggp Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2008   Digital Artist
Camtasia Studio 5 works the best, IMO. You do need to have a pretty decent computer if you're planning to use it in full screen, however.

Now get on recording, and teach us how to make those rich skin tones :D
marcus-morris Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I know this entry is kinda old, but I thought I would put my two cents in.

For editing software I use Final Cut Pro or Express, or even Adobe Premier. Professional studio style programs, kinda pricey but if you are in school you can get a pretty big discount on them.

If you are using a Mac, iMovie is like the baby Final Cut, and it has an option for titles, logos, and credits.

Hope this helps! Miss your updates!
ShannonCraven Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008  Professional General Artist
Pinnacle Studio is easy to use for video editing... I think the latest version is about $100, but you can get earlier versions (like 9 or 10) for under $20 or $30 on ebay and I've used both and they are great for editing and adding captions, music, etc. Better than Windows Movie Maker, but not free! :(
Dark-Lord-of-Sith Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008  Student General Artist
I bet this is a bit late but I just discovered your page and saw this. For anysort of hight quality titles or movie editing in general if you have a Mac you should get Final Cut Pro.
mouais666 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
magix is one the cheapest and best editing sotware video... and it uses also hd...
MonicaMarinho Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Marta, come baaaaaaack :cries:

Miss you.

Did you manage to find a good screen capture video? I'd love to try it, but I guess it would only block my computer :ohmygod:

Oh well. :glomp:
dahlig Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Hey dear <3

Yeah i got the software. I'm just very silent since I am currently working full time (not art related though) and barely have time for anything else than work + sleep :(

I absolutely promise to show something soon. In fact, I have some stuff sitting and waiting, but I wanted to do an artwork with video recordings first :) I'll try to complete it within a month :( I miss you guys!
MonicaMarinho Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I understand you, hon :(

My fulltime job also gets to my nerves, since I have lack of personal/social life now because of it (well, most of my social life exists only here at deviantart =p) and not much time to do the things I like.

But not everything is bad, right? :D

Hope, and I'm sure, you'll handle this new rotine :glomp:
Toka07 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008
You could use "CamStudio" which is free to download @ . I also found a video review that kind of walks you through the features, just go to YouTube [link] and type :
" CamStudio review open2free"
The other software you could use is Camtasia Studio from TechSmith @ [link] , that one is about $300. dollars but you can just download the 30 DAY FREE TRIAL version which is fully functional.
Hope this helped!!!
WhisperedEcho Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008
CamStudio is a free screen recording software. You could try using VirtualDub for your video editing. It's a free program.
XxVastxX Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2008
Sony Vegas is my personal favorite for video editing.
Waluigi-Prower Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For my video editing, I use Sony Vegas 5.0. :paranoid:
PossibleBit Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2008   Digital Artist
If you want to go for a free video editing software you could try Avidemux. Used to be pretty practicable when I used it
sanguinenightmare Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008  Professional Filmographer
If you're willing to buy it, I recommend Premiere Pro or After Effects for that matter.

If you're not, then you can download Avisynth (for free) and add captions through the various scripting processes it uses to process video. Just be prepared to spend some time reading tutorials for Avisynth since its all text based.
navinia Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2008
I highly recommend Adobe Premiere, been using it for years. It's easy to use and the best there is.
K-van Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you have a Mac, I would definitely use ScreenFlow, by Vara:


It integrates the editor and the recording program, and it recently won the 2008 Apple Design Awards for the best Leopard Application =D
NocturnalMelody Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008
The best video/film editing software around is Final Cut Pro, which is very expensive (as in, $1200 or more), but it is what professionals use. You can also purchase Final Cut Express, which is a more basic version of Final Cut, and which costs around $150 (not sure of the actual price, but I think it's around there). The differences between the two programs are actually very subtle, and if you're not a professional filmmaker/editor, you probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference between the two programs. With Final Cut Express, you can do a lot of after-effects, like adding subtitles, editing images from photoshop into the film, etc. I would recommend Final Cut Express if you're not an intensely serious filmmaker or a pro, but you'd like a good program that gives you a lot of options for editing film.

The drawback of Final Cut is that I think it's only for Macs, but either Final Cut Express or Pro are very compatible with other image-editing programs like Photoshop and After Effects.
Meelz Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008
Hypercam2, is what I have. It's a free download but you can get a subscribed one, if that's what it's called. You can download it at the official HyperCam website. The free version has an annoying |HyperCam2| logo at the top left hand corner of all videos, but the purchased version does not.
There are different settings you can have, as far as speed, frames per seconds also that you can toggle. Also available in French, German, Japanese and Polish.

Hope this helps ;)
jason-UK-Bristol Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I use snapz pro for screen capture.

I also use DVDStudioPro. This allows you to add subtitles

(Unfortunately DVD Studio pro is only for the mac and neither is free) :-(
MonicaMarinho Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Where have you been Marta, I miss you!! :hug:
jeffjones Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008
Camtasia Studio by Techsmith. It allows efficient recording even on the most modest hardware and it has a simple editing tool to add captions. It has flash support as well so it will be ready to export to web.
Konum Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008
For video editing you could try Sony Foundry Vegas Video, easy and intuitive to use and quite options and effects to use.

ninykinin Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008   General Artist
I tend to use camtasia studio, to record and edit although the quality isn't the greatest, but that may be because I havn't quite worked out the programe yet. It's fairly user-friendly and you can fast forward selected areas at the click of a button.
As for captions, i'm not to sure. I've heard you can add them in camtasia, but i've looked and havn't been able to find it.
svefnleysi Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
I have no idea about any recording or editing software but I'm really excited if you're going to be using it for what I think you'll be using it for.
LostTideLover Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's not free :( but i have found that Vegas is the best for video editing :heart:
mutedwhisper Featured By Owner May 30, 2008
If you want to do special effects and things of that nature I would say adobe after effects is pretty good.

as for image editing final cut pro if you have a mac is pretty good, but so's the standard apple image video program that comes with all apples.
i.e. imovie
I believe there's a windows version of it as well, but I've never used anything except the mac version.
Ahold Featured By Owner May 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Screen recording: Camtasia Studio(windows).Best codec for screen capturing: TechSmith EnSharpen(I think Camtasia use it)
Video editing: After effects+Premiere Pro(windows). It`s compatible with photoshop-you can import photoshop format.
Zandra13 Featured By Owner May 25, 2008
you can always use Windows Movie Maker, it maybe has a lack of effects, but that way your creativity will come at first place.
This may be a program for the beginers, but if you get skilled at it, you can make pro videos.

The only problem may be to find the balance between the quality of the picture and its size.
e.g. [link]
i made that video mostly in windows movie maker version 1, without any of the special effects, i had to cut the seconds from a scene to make it faster, or to add coloured pictures for flashes... my point is, you can make everything you want even with a simple program like this.

Better program for using is definetly Adobe Premiere, it can give you a better organisation of clips, and has a better choice of transitions and effects.

I hope this can help you a lil' bit.
gia257 Featured By Owner May 24, 2008
oh forget it, afaik it cant record the screen, i read capture program (video capture card)
gia257 Featured By Owner May 24, 2008
I use VirtualDubMod for capture, and it can add captions too with the help of a plugin, but they all share the same font configuration (not like in subs where they seem to have more control of the captions like different colors within the same movie), it is free and very lightweigth.
moonlitwhispers Featured By Owner May 24, 2008
For adding captions tou can also try with SubtitleWorkshop.
LoneWolf4 Featured By Owner May 23, 2008
too much comments to read and check if was sugested, for screen recording i use hypercam, and for editing windows movie maker, its enough for me :/
Slapo Featured By Owner May 23, 2008
I've used CamStudio (there's a free version) and it works pretty well when used with the xvid codec. I've made a few short video tutorials (without sound, as my mic. is rubbish) and the quality's been pretty good, the file size isn't bad either. If you'd like to have a look at some of them, I can send you links to some of them via a PM.

Can't help much with the video editing software, though, sorry.
Amberine Featured By Owner May 23, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
For mac, I've never had trouble with iMovie, it's fantastic for a free program. Final Cut Pro is favored by the media club at my school and is pretty powerful, but looks pricey.

Windows I have no idea what free programs are out there - Windows Movie Maker was pretty easy to use, but not particularly powerful.
aenjelle Featured By Owner May 23, 2008
I highly recommend Ulead Video Studio 11.. You can add a lot of effects, objects, and even create a dvd menu when you're done with the video.. It's easy to use for beginners too!. (Try to visit their site for a demo)

*Me thinks it's a part of Corel Company too, just not sure:D*

Good luck with your quest!!
Dandjougar Featured By Owner May 23, 2008  Hobbyist Interface Designer
for the best video editing software i recommended the latest adobe premiere! i think this software can satisfy your need ! well im just say it !
ninety-9 Featured By Owner May 23, 2008
if u dont go for a freeware program, the above recommended "adobe after effects" is pretty nice, and "sony vegas" as well, wich features every editingoption that one could need. and as starrydance said, its pretty easy to use (both) if u know where to find the options ;D
good luck
Hennauoti Featured By Owner May 22, 2008
I was suggested to give Camtasia a try, and it works very well and is easy to use.

Gotta get to work, so I am just quoting Henning here :)

"Camtasia is pretty good, it also comes with a simple video editor program. Not free, though.

We had a topic about this a while ago, you might find some good tips there: [link]"
Hennauoti Featured By Owner May 22, 2008
I see Lauren already mentioned Camtasia :)
LokiSuku Featured By Owner May 22, 2008
I would go with Final Cut's for Mac only though. I have had good results so far with Adobe Premire, but I don't have the latest version of it, and I'm still trying to figure it out.
Cleocatra Featured By Owner May 22, 2008  Student General Artist
I want after effects. I suggest it.
britterella Featured By Owner May 22, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I use AutoScreenRecorder 3.0 Pro for screen recording.
Well only just downloaded it recently but I fount out through a video on Youtube explaining how to record etc. As for video editing software I tend to use Windows Movie Maker or Adobe Premiere. :heart:
xian-ated Featured By Owner May 22, 2008
i use iMovie cos it was just there on my mac, its pretty good
mariv Featured By Owner May 22, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Fraps <- Screen capturing
Sony Vegas <- Editing videos
xR3vengex Featured By Owner May 22, 2008
I love you
kurisutin Featured By Owner May 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
Sorry, the only video editing software i've ever used is Final Cut Pro, for Macs. I think Windows Media Maker, or windows Video editor or what ever it is, that comes on PCs is pretty easy to use.
Atypic Featured By Owner May 22, 2008
Sony Vegas 7.

That editing program is my baby and i dont know what id do without, it's amazing and pro but easy to use! hope that helps
chop Featured By Owner May 22, 2008
Any non linear video editor such as Adobe premiere, After effects, Discreet Combustion or Sony Vegas can do virtually anything. The one you should choose depends on which interface suits you best. I've used every one of these applications and found that people starting with this kind of work find Sony Vegas the easiest and most intuitive to use. Also, you can download a trial version for free from the sony website. Hope this helps. :)
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