Simplicity and speed are what Jing delivers for recording any window or region you select


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Pros & Cons:

Simple to use; lightweight; quick install; ability to post directly to Screencast.com.
Almost no access to video or audio settings; only output format is SWF Flash.

Our Review:

If you want simple, Jing is it. Jing is made by TechSmith, creators of the venerable Snagit and Camtasia screen capture and screen session recording programs.

Installation is quick, and when you start up the application, you won't see any window. What you'll see is a yellow half-sun icon on the top edge of your screen. Mousing over the sun reveals three elements: Capture, History, and Settings.

Clicking on Settings gives you the ability to set a capture hotkey, select your audio input device, and not much else. To capture, you click on the Capture "sub sun" button, and click and drag from one corner to another to define your recording space.

Right under the selected area is an icon bar. Click on the Video button and you'll get a 3-2-1 countdown. You'll know you're recording because the recordable area is bordered on the left and right by a moving film strip. When you're done, click the Stop button in the icon bar below the recorded area. Then you're immediately presented with a playback window. If you like what you see, you have two choices: Share the video with friends via Screencast.com, or save the work as a single SWF Flash file.

There are obvious limitations, including lack of output options, lack of control over video or audio quality, and more. But if simplicity and speed are your number 1 and number 2 criteria, Jing delivers.

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