BB FlashBack Express

BB FlashBack Express

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 30 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.1.7.2810
  • Total Downloads:
    78,003
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 05, 2013
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    12.65MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    381
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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If you'd like to be able to whip up short videos and post them online but don't quite know where to start, Blueberry's BB FlashBack Express might be the tool for you. It records your screen activity, with sound, and posts finished videos to YouTube and other sites. BB FlashBack Express lets you create instructional videos that record every onscreen step, or narrate a slideshow or series of clips to create your own documentaries and short films. It's designed to be as easy to use as possible without sacrificing the capabilities you're looking for. It's a "best-of" version of Blueberry's FlashBack Standard and Pro tools, offering basic but most-needed features such as recording screen and Webcam images and computer and microphone sounds and saving flies in AVI or FLV format. BB FlashBack Express is freeware that comes with a 30-day evaluation period and free registration. That's a bit different, but it lets you try the tool without sharing info. until you're ready, so we approve.

BB FlashBack Express installed two icons on our desktop; one for BB Flashback Express Player and another for BB FlashBack Express Recorder, a simplified tool for quick recording. The Recorder is fully integrated with the Player but can run simultaneously or separately, as we learned when we opened both. FlashBack Express opened with a browser-style user interface with reassuring toolbar entries like Upload to YouTube and Export, but better still was the Welcome screen with large buttons labeled "Record your screen" and "Open a recordings," opposite a series of Getting Started tutorials and a link to the program's Help Manual. The FlashBack Express Recorder is the tool that lets you quickly decide which region of your screen to record and whether to record sound or Webcam activity.

But new users could do a lot worse than simply clicking the Record button and letting the program's wizards tell you what to do (that's a wizard's job, after all). Our quick test video proved the point: Many free screen recorders are more basic than BB FlashBack Express, but very few are so easy to use yet so capable.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Incredible Features for Free!"

November 25, 2014  |  By Musicrafter

 |  Version: BB FlashBack Express 4.1.7.2810

Pros

Great flexibility that I would not expect to find in free software.
No watermark on the video. Most free software leaves a branding watermark on the video, which is undesirable.
Unlimited recording time. It will even warn you if you're running out of hard drive space, and you can also change the point at which it will tell you you're running out.
Lots of export codec and compression options.
A lot of free software tends to not work fullscreen, but BBFE does.

Cons

High CPU utilization, comparatively to other software.
Must register with e-mail address to get software.
Otherwise, no major cons!

Summary

Basically, this is the best free recorder there is. There is a software called ezvid that claims to be the best but I know from experience (and comparison to BBFE) that it is actually the most awfully-coded, most awful screen capture software ever. Naturally, in their Top 5 Free Screen Recorders list, their own software is listed as #1. No surprise there. It sucks, so naturally they'd list it that way. Definitely, this software rivals paid software like Fraps for absolutely free!

Updated on Nov 25, 2014

Update. The version I'm reviewing is BB Flashback 5.2, rather than the CNET 4.1. Visit BB Flashback's website to get the latest version.

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5 stars

"works great, simple to use and convert default to .avi"

April 28, 2014  |  By RGarvin

 |  Version: BB FlashBack Express 4.1.7.2810

Pros

simple, easy-to-use interface. captures and syncs mic audio, or speaker output. good video and audio quality.

Cons

no downside. no extra spam popups. requires registration.

Summary

editing is extra.

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3 stars

"Not bad for free"

January 09, 2014  |  By atticus1957

 |  Version: BB FlashBack Express 4.1.7.2810

Pros

easy to load and to register

Cons

my laptop is running Intel® Core™ i3 Processor 2.4 GHz, 8gig ram, win 8.1 pro 64bit, when I'm recording my laptop slows down a lot?

Summary

Well worth time to check it out, I'm sure that BB FlashBack Express, will iron out the glitch soon

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4 stars

"Free version, okay"

September 07, 2013  |  By YupHiThere

 |  Version: BB FlashBack Express 4.1.7.2810

Pros

Captures good quality
Allows recording audio through computer or mic
Able to export to AVI in free version
Allows editing

Cons

It lagged for me. But then again I have a lot of other stuff on my computer.

Summary

Good to try

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Blueberry Software
Publisher web site http://www.bbsoftware.co.uk
Release Date June 28, 2013
Date Added July 05, 2013
Version 4.1.7.2810
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Capture Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 2000, Windows 2003, Windows XP, Windows
Additional Requirements DirectX 7.0 or higher, Windows Media Player 9 or newer, and Microsoft Office 2000 or newer
Download Information
File Size 12.65MB
File Name bbfbex4.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 78,003
Downloads Last Week 381
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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