CNET Editors' review
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.
From Blueberry Software:
BB FlashBack Express is a screen recorder application for creating compact, high quality AVI and Flash movies with sound. It includes one-click uploading of movies to YouTube, Blip.tv, and Revver. BB FlashBack Express screen recorder is perfect for producing web-based movies for Web communities like YouTube. With this in mind, the program includes one-click uploading of movies to YouTube, Blip.tv, and Revver, the ability to record and play webcam footage as picture-in-picture video, and a Vista capture driver that enables high performance recording in Windows Vista. The video capture program's easy-to-use interface makes it easy to record spoken commentary while recording the screen, or to add a soundtrack or webcam footage. Any portion of the screen can be selected for recording (full desktop, a window, or a region). It can even review your recording frame-by-frame with the VCR-like movie player. And when the recording is finished, the software is able to output to WMV or Flash. BB FlashBack Express screen recorder has full Media Player style playback controls and gives total control over exported sound and video quality. Because BB FlashBack Express screen recorder records only screen changes, it's possible to make fantastic quality movies, but at a tiny file size. This allows users to record the full screen at high frame rates for smooth, professional-looking results.
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All versions:4.1 stars
out of 27 votes
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"Free version, okay"
Version: BB FlashBack Express 184.108.40.20610
Captures good quality
Allows recording audio through computer or mic
Able to export to AVI in free version
It lagged for me. But then again I have a lot of other stuff on my computer.
Good to try