Sometimes, it's helpful to be able to take a picture or brief video of something on your screen. It could be anything from a logo, to a screenshot or a short demo video for a team member. The problem is that grabbing that on-screen content isn't always easy.
In the general, the tedious process of grabbing a screen shot (not something everyone knows how to do in the first place) copying it into a program for cropping and/or resizing (another skill not everyone posesses), saving it and sending it off is not always wort the effort!
How can you make this easier?
**Jing Screen Capture Software**
Jing Project (or just "Jing") screen capture software makes it incredibly simple (and fun) to save image and video from your computer screen. The basic version is available for free at JingProject.com.
Once installed, Jing takes the form of a small yellow sun. When not in use, that sun sits at the edge of your screen so it's out of the way (I tend to forget it's there until I need it for something). When you place your mouse over the Jing sun, you'll be able to select from three options: Capture, History and "More".
If you need to grab a copy of whatever is on your screen at the moment, just click "capture," and you'll be able to select an area and either image or video.
**Image Screen Capture**
Click and drag your mouse across the screen to select the area you want to capture. You can also double click on a specific window to select it. Jing then provides a preview of the image that you can save, delete or edit.
If you need to add to the image you've captured, Jing provides tools to easily add arrows, boxes, highlighting and captions. Once your image is good to go, all you have to do is save and share it.
Jing offers a multitude of sharing options. With a single click you can post your image to facebook, twitter or flickr! You can also copy the image to paste elsewhere, or upload it to an FTP server just as easily.
Basically, Jing makes it easy to quickly take any portion of your computer screen and move it to wherever you might need it.
**Video Screen Capture**
If an image is worth a thousand words, video has to be pretty valuable too… which is why Jing makes it just as easy to record video of the action on your screen as it is to capture an image.
After selecting the capture area, simply click the video button and start recording! You'll be able to record whaver happens on your screen for up to five minutes - but you can make multiples recordings if you need to. The recording can be paused while you move between windows or prepare your presentation, and then saved in .swf format when it's complete.
To easily share the video with others, there is a single click button to upload the video to ScreenCast.com – on of Jing's sister products from TechSmith. Videos can also be edited in Camtasia (also from TechSmith) with a single click.
Jing Pro edition screen capture software unlocks additional features to allow for even more sharing options, and the option to record videos as .mp4 files, rather than .swf – making them more accessible to other viewing and editing programs, but for most users the basic free version is enough to save a TON of time.
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