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  • 3.0 stars

    "Maybe worth buying!"

    July 8, 2012  |   By brainout

    Pros

    1. LARGE PREVIEW WINDOW, which you can also view fullscreen! Deskshare's companion product, Video Edit Magic, has an even better Preview Window allowing fullscreen viewing, very rare and useful!

    2. Clear 'Help', well presented. Very impressive.
    3. Intuitive interface.
    5. Customizable hot keys, minimizes to tray, yes!
    6. MP3/WMA allowed, but not in their avi default (PCM).
    7. Extra recording options like hiding desktop icons or wallpaper. You can specify resolution.
    8. Helpful hints on settings which use less CPU.
    9. Operates on old Pentium IV, don't need dual-core.
    10. You can replay in the Recorder.
    11. You can repair crashed Recorder files.
    12. Mouse and sound optionally recordable.
    11. Has a forum online=dedication to the product.

    Cons

    1. If using hotkey to start recording, the minimized window first restores, which is unnerving. However, it isn't part of the video recorded. Allow a one-two second delay before speaking, but assume the screen is recorded right away.

    2. Voice Pitch shift occurs unpredictably, though that might be due to other software (i.e., some program on your machine sends for an update). It doesn't last long.

    3. Limited codecs, but the most Xvid, is customizable exactly as on your system. Their avi default is surprisingly good for 1280 x 1024 recording.

    4. VERY Limited editing or post-production options with this product and their Video Edit Magic. I wish Deskshare and AVS4YOU and nch software would pool their talents. The latter two have some great preproduction features, but a lousy interface.

    5. Annoyingly large icons with no ability to turn off text labels.

    6. Default avi recording codec, though good for video, annoyingly demands PCM for audio.

    Summary

    Backgrounder: I've made over 400 HD Youtube videos in the last few years, at the rate of several per week; most of these are fullscreen recordings of my desktop, and are text-intensive (Bible exegesis). Main programs used are AutoScreenRecorder Pro from wisdom-soft, and AVS4YOU. Due to hassles in using both programs, I came to cnet to find alternatives. It's been frustrating.. until now.

    This program has potential. Overall, it's intelligently-designed. There is no banner in the trial version, but there is a limit of 3 minutes to record. Wish they'd make it just a little longer, so you can test for CPU overload and other problems which only show in a longer recording. But if you know what to test, 3 minutes is maybe enough. TEST MOUSEHOOKS between the recorder and whatever desktop activity you're recording.

    I will probably buy this program, but this review is for the cheaper standard version, and I've not yet tested the Pro version. Don't buy this without also buying Video Edit Magic. Will update the review when I've tested both programs, and will report if I bought it.

    I'd be willing to pay a LOT more, if they would soup up the text overlay options in either Recorder or Editor.

    Updated on Jul 8, 2012

    UPDATE: #1 pro re Video Magic suddenly is not true after exiting the program. Now I can't get the window to float outside the menu, and it 'borders' the screen with too much deadspace, such that the text is greeked. Will have to figure out why it worked the first time, but not now. No instructions on that.

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