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.
Debut is a professional screen capture software. With Debut you can take screenshots or record videos from your entire screen, a single window or a selected portion. Save the screenshots as a jpg or recorded video as avi, flv, wmv and other video file formats. Email video recordings automatically when recordings has stopped or send via FTP. Set Debut to record video at specific times, record computer games, create how to demonstrations, capture video messages, adjust framerates, brightness, contrast, add text or captions.
Debut Pro Edition Features: Automatically detects cameras connected to your PC. Record video in many different file formats including .avi, .wmv, and .asf. Multiple video and audio encoder settings. Change resolution and framerate of the output video. Adjust color settings for the output video. Lets you record video for set periods of time (h:mm:ss). Allows you to record movements on a PC screen, or "screen capture". Optional sound recording for Screen Capture. When recording period is over, you can either stop recording or create a new recording and continue. Mirror recordings to a network or backup drive to keep your video files safe. Can be set to automatically send video via email once the recording is completed. Can automatically transmit video files via the internet using FTP. Find and play recordings ordered by name, date, format or size. System wide hot-key assignment. Debut Video Recorder has an incredibly intuitive and easy to use interface.
What's new in this version:
Updated Interface, ability to record on screen movements