I am more and more consistently running into the need to create screencasts (record my screen) for clients to show them how to use programs or websites. Up until now I've been using Jing and it's been wonderful. But I would like something that can give me something less annoying than a .swf. A .mov or, best of all, something that plays without fuss on Mac and Windows. Also, the 5-minute limit is annoying, but not show stopping. Basically, I'd like to be able to actually give them the file on a CD or something instead of relying on whatever host I use staying up for eternity.
To sum up, here's what I require:
- Record a portion or all of the screen.
- Records audio from mic while recording screen.
- Exports files easily playable on Mac and Windows (requiring Quicktime is okay, but not ideal)
- Will work on Mac OS 10.5+
- Allows recording videos of at least 5 minutes.
- Text in recorded videos is easily readable when exported.
Bonuses points for:
- Records videos greater than 5 minutes
- Exported videos will work in Windows Media player without any fuss.
I haven't upgraded to Snow Leopard yet but I know it has some screen recording stuff built in but I don't know if it would be sufficient or not.
The reason I say, "simple" is because most of the applications I've seen do much more than I need (I mean, Jing is nearly perfect for my needs) and cost more than I would like to spend.