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TipCam

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TipCam got the basics of screen recording right with its medium-glossy freeware beta, and it has a few tricks all its own. You'll be able to start, pause, delete, and preview your screencasts from the small recording controls window, even draw on annotations while you record. Brilliantly, if you press the hot key to zoom in, the zoom window will follow your mouse until or unless you lock it in place. Unfortunately, the TipCam control panel doesn't do so well. If you're not careful, it might inadvertently star in your screencast. After you become familiar with the icons, it's best to switch to mini mode.

You can configure TipCam to capture your audio recordings, as well. While there's no post-production studio for cleaning up audio if you mess up, you can rerecord your narrative with the voice-over tool. It's not perfect, but it's better than having to rerecord takes. A separate audio track would be ideal.

TipCam's best surprises let you record remote screens using a VNC server, and deliver uploads to UtipU.com, to YouTube (you can set this as a default), or as a private link that will load in your default e-mail client. If only TipCam would get some post-production tools, it could take on its better-established competition.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.1 stars

    out of 26 votes

    • 5 star: 8
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 8
  • Current version:

    2.5 stars

    out of 10 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 4
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  • 4.0 stars

    "All around I say it is good...."

    August 20, 2012  |   By politix

    Version: TipCam 2.2

    Pros

    Price is right. Has worked and been more stable then other things that cost. I have used it for flight sim videos. I like the annotations option.

    Cons

    They could do more with the web page.

    Annotations could have text and not just drawing.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "OK if you dont need sound"

    July 27, 2011  |   By andyux

    Version: TipCam 2.2

    Pros

    video looks ok

    Cons

    no sound grab (while playing videos)

    Summary

    not what i need it for, ok for just screen tutorials

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Didn't work"

    January 13, 2011  |   By ericson07

    Version: TipCam 2.2

    Pros

    It recorded the audio but it didn't capture what was going on with my screen.

    Cons

    I downloaded this a minute ago. Tried to record some actions I was doing on my browser (Mozilla) and it didn't work. I was mostly sitting back doing nothing but even when I had mouse clicks, it didn't capture the changes the mouse clicks caused.

    Summary

    I didn't work. This is only my experience. I may have done something wrong. But now you know. I'm may play around. If it works, I'll update this review. If it doesn't, I'll just delete the program and move on.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Makes nice recordings, but low quality and features"

    September 21, 2010  |   By draemn

    Version: TipCam 2.2

    Pros

    Pretty easy to use, captures quite efficiently
    Integrated youtube support

    Cons

    Cannon do HD quality
    4:3 ratio only
    Youtube integration horribly affects quality when used

    Summary

    Although this program does have some nice features, it does not match it's competition. I have found other free recording software that works much better and has more features (espeically HD and wide-screen support).

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Program SUCKS; poor quality even for free"

    August 15, 2010  |   By toe2thaknee

    Version: TipCam 2.2

    Pros

    its free...

    Cons

    very poor video quality
    even worse audio quality
    a major ***** to uninstall; there are better free screen capture programs out there, dont waste your time with this one

    Summary

    dont waste your time... keep searching for the one

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  • 1.0 stars

    "This software did not work with Windows Vista"

    April 25, 2010  |   By gminard

    Version: TipCam 2.2

    Pros

    A Zero Pros

    Cons

    This software did not work with Windows Vista

    Summary

    If you have Windows Vista, forget trying this software. It is a waste of time.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This is the easiest screen-capture&screencasting tool."

    January 29, 2010  |   By CypherDown

    Version: TipCam 2.2

    Pros

    Easy to use interface.

    Cons

    Default VNC does not work well for some applications.

    Summary

    Optimized for web delivery.
    Embed directly into blog, vlog and wiki pages using any FLV player.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great with some flaws..."

    November 30, 2009  |   By gidgiddonihah

    Version: TipCam 2.2

    Pros

    Records well and i never saw the video go choppy. Also greys out passwords and your desktop so people cant see your private stuff! There are a ton of features that are benifitial... And the best thing ITS FREE!!!

    Cons

    MMMM, it did have one major flaw, when I shut it down my CPU and RAM usage went up the wall and i was getting choppy feedback fromt the mouse. And it didnt restore my desktop... only happened once though so it might have just been a fluke.

    Summary

    I wanted to be able to record WoW for my guild site... For those newbies!! Well it crashed on me! Havent tried it since!

    Over-All: A great program that shows promise!

    There are some flaws though that make this a not so good choice...

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Caused My Monitor To Go Into Sleep Mode"

    May 27, 2009  |   By sarasayshi

    Version: TipCam 2.2

    Pros

    This is easy to use and I love that it could zoom in.

    Cons

    Suddenly caused my monitor to go into sleepmode anytime I hit the record button.

    Summary

    It's ok, just not sure why all of a sudden it was incompatible with my PC. I uninstalled and fresh installed and yet the problem was still there. I had updated my drivers as well and still clueless as to why it wasn't functioning correctly.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Could See its use, just didnt do what I needed"

    March 9, 2009  |   By garbagebug

    Version: TipCam 2.2

    Pros

    Seems to me it would be a great tool for building tutorials and the such or perhaps letting your IT Guy know exactlly what is going on....

    Cons

    It didnt do what I needed which is record full screen apps for a software presentation...Had issues with the Mirage Driver included with the pacage also.

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