Debut Pro Edition

Debut Pro Edition

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.1
out of 156 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.02
File Size:
1.49MB
Date Added:
August 27, 2014
Price:
Free to try (14-day trial); $59.95 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
1,195,635
Downloads Last Week:
1,060
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Debut Video Recording Software Professional Version from NCH Software turns your computer into a flexible, capable video capture and recording device. It can record video from a wide range of sources, including VHS VCRs, and save it in many formats; it can also capture screenshots and save them as JPEG stills. It will even capture and record video playing on your PC's screen. When all else fails but you've just got to save that clip, Debut can save the day.

Debut detected our video capture and playback devices, but it will automatically configure itself as a screen capture tool if no such devices are present. A full-featured, up-to-date interface let us not only capture and record video but also schedule and manage recordings. We pressed the first button on the toolbar, Webcam, and immediately our system's camera became active and started recording video. Clicking Device accessed a VHS video recorder via the line-in jacks on our video card; clicking Screen displayed our current screen view. The Schedule and Recordings functions needed no explanation, but the Selections tool proved more intriguing. This let us drag open a rectangular capture window on our desktop, or capture an entire window, and save only our selection, excluding the rest of the desktop. This greatly simplifies editing screen-captured video displayed in a small window. The program's options are basic for the genre, though we could configure snapshot quality, select a camera shutter sound, and defeat Debut's window in video recordings to prevent mirror effects. Debut also works with NHC's BroadCam live video streaming software to stream your video online, a capacity we didn't test.

Recording VHS video with Debut proved as easy as recording any video input via our system's video card (hooking a VCR up to a PC is the tricky part). We consider the results excellent: VHS-to-PC is limited by the quality of the source, which in this case is far inferior to your PC's screen. However, your digitally dubbed tapes will look normal when played back at the correct resolution on your TV. The ability to work well with a wide range of such devices sets Debut apart from less capable shareware and freeware video recording tools.

Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of Debut Video Recording Software Professional Version 1.49. The trial version is limited to 14 days.

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  • All Versions:

    3.1

    out of 156 votes

    • 5 star: 44
    • 4 star: 31
    • 3 star: 21
    • 2 star: 17
    • 1 star: 43
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    2.0

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  • 2 stars

    "Free/Home use crippled beyond reason."

    September 09, 2014

    Version: Debut Pro Edition 2.02

    Pros

    Records pretty well during trial.
    Offers to launch player right after recording.

    Cons

    Actually only a trial. Free mode won't allow recording from webcam.
    No mention of any of this on the website that I could find. No indication of the differences between license levels.

    Summary

    I did like the app to start with, but before I could really get into it far (12 short recording sessions/takes from my laptop), it locked out recording as a "trial" mode had expired. No indications of what is crippled and what works. -=Uninistall=-

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