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FlashBack Express

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Editors' Rating:
Excellent
Average User Rating:
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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.14.0.3935
  • Total Downloads:
    99,606
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 01, 2016
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    18.89MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    103
  • Platform:
    Windows
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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

"Free program with more features than most paid products"

March 08, 2015

2015-03-08 19:22:39

 |  Version: BB FlashBack Express 4.1.7.2810

Pros

Great interface, impressive functionality, wonderful set of recording options.

Cons

I can't think of anything. It does literally anything you might want as a screen capture program--it even has its own editor!

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5 stars

"Incredible Features for Free!"

November 25, 2014  |  By Musicrafter

2014-11-25 18:50:42  |  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

2014-04-28 13:28:57  |  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

2014-01-09 15:42:01  |  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

2013-09-07 21:04:21  |  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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4 stars

"Awesome software, but previous version was better"

April 19, 2013  |  By xaxes

2013-04-19 09:22:17  |  By xaxes

 |  Version: BB FlashBack Express 4.1.4.2665

Pros

Records screen and mic or computer audio
Free
Super simple integrated upload to YouTube
NOT spammy

Cons

I am unable to record both mic and computer audio at once, but that might just be me.

The latest (4.1.4) is not nearly as stable as the previous version.

Summary

It never ceases to amaze me how updating software can actually make it worse! If I can get my previous version back, I'll be a happy camper because the software works well and does exactly what it should without adding complex features, nag screens, or watermarks.

Updated on Apr 22, 2013

UPDATE: I am shocked that a Blueberry support person responded to my email with helpful tips, even though I'm an Express (free) user.

I changed record settings to MPEG, kicked up the framerate and allowed Layered Recording (in Advanced). Look for the options up top and fiddle with your settings. Mine is working much better.

Again, props to Blueberry Software. Color me impressed.

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3 stars

"Not as good as previous versions"

October 18, 2012  |  By spacegiant

2012-10-18 09:56:19  |  By spacegiant

 |  Version: BB FlashBack Express 4.0.1.2421

Pros

Free, good sound

Cons

Eats CPU. Dimishing quality in newer versions

Summary

I downloaded an earlier version of Flashback Express about a year ago. It worked flawlessly, yielding captures with superb visual and audio quality.

Subsequent updates (it seems there is one every week), despite identical interface, give me increasingly poorer video. The resolution is there, but playback freezes up for seconds at a time. This happens in both the working .fbr template and converted (.flv or .avi) video. Even with specifying 25 or 30 fps, the correctly recorded bits have a noticeably slower frame rate.

Audio, however remains unbroken and clear.

And it's the bigegst CPU hog I've ever seen!

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5 stars

"This one does it all. Perfectly."

August 08, 2012  |  By maidensolo

2012-08-08 08:21:47  |  By maidensolo

 |  Version: BB FlashBack Express Free Edition 3.2.5.2273

Pros

Records bit and pieces or the whole thing;
Has wonderful editing tools so you can turn out a polished product.
Ready to publish on the web. No messy file conversions from using another product.
Usability factor:99%

Cons

You may have to spend a minute learning or practicing.

Summary

They have a great website with a video tutorial at:

http://www.bbsoftware.co.uk/bbflashback.aspx

Updated on Aug 8, 2012

These folks are willing to communicate. In fact they like it! Go to :http://www.bbsoftware.co.uk/Support.aspx

There is all kinds of support, and a fill in the blank question form that they will answer. These guys are in business for the long haul. Good rep.

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5 stars

"The best software for records screen in video."

April 02, 2012  |  By capitanflorius

2012-04-02 11:54:00  |  By capitanflorius

 |  Version: BB FlashBack Express Free Edition 3.2.3.2190

Pros

I have tried different software to record everything that happens on the screen with the mouse pointer or not yet included.
This is by far the best.
It need register ourselwes, but registration is free and all the program is free and works great.
This program also allows conversion to AVI and Flash (for free) while the paid version adds various other formats conversion.
The sound and voice are perfectly synchronized with the video.

It downloads the video in a folder in documents and at the end there is the option of reviewing all directly from the program and also to transform the result in two formats sayed above.

Cons

No cons at this time.

Summary

I recommend strongly this program to all users who need it.
VERY GOOD, NO SPYWERE.

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5 stars

"Wow! Best of them all"

January 16, 2012  |  By spacegiant

2012-01-16 14:45:12  |  By spacegiant

 |  Version: BB FlashBack Express Free Edition 3.2.2.2096

Pros

Great AV quality with no copyright, logos or watermarks. Free. No malware

Cons

Easy but not intuitive; small learning curve. Did not install desktop icon after I made SURE to check the box.

Summary

Basically I want to screen capture video with sound, save, and edit with other software. Upon running the first time, it asked me to register; I got the impression that the free version is actually a 30 day trial. ???
BBFExpress seems to have little editing capability besides cropping and a very cool option to disappear the cursor. The default record/playback is at 8fps but is easily changed to 30fps or whatever.
The software downloads from the UK and projects have a .fbr extension(?)... but you can export as flv or avi (more options in pay versions). It took several minutes to export a 90 second video as flv.
Exported videos have a very small amount of pixelation, but overall the picture and sound quality is extremely good. Colors are true and sound is in sync. Light years superior to any of the 8 or 10 similar free software I've tried.

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What's new in version 5.14.0.3935
Includes one-click uploading of movies to Flashback Connect, YouTube, Blip.tv and Revver. Based on the acclaimed FlashBack screen recorder.
General
Publisher Blueberry Software
Publisher web site http://www.bbsoftware.co.uk
Release Date February 01, 2016
Date Added February 01, 2016
Version 5.14.0.3935
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Capture Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 18.89MB
File Name bbfbex5.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 99,606
Downloads Last Week 103
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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