Capturing whatever activity is taking place on your screen and saving it as a standalone video file will allow you to produce and share tutorials, to make recordings of streaming videos that cannot be downloaded, and even transfer your old VHS tapes to digital form. Debut Video Capture Software is one of the simplest ways of producing such recordings, which you can then save in your favorite output format, ready to share with colleagues, family, and friends.
You can capture the entire screen or a selected area and add your own narration to it simultaneously. The program comes with a preview window which will let you fine-tune your selection and preview your recording. You can select the size of the video frame and the overall output format and quality, customizing it so that it fits your player’s requirements. Apart from a selection a popular codecs (such as AVI, 3GP, FLV, MKV, MPG, or MP4), you’ll find a few profiles for your iPod, iPhone, PSP, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, though some of these console-based outputs could use an update. There’s a “Fast Capture” preset suitable for recordings where speed takes precedence over quality. As mentioned, you can use this tool to digitize your video tapes (or any other analog or digital video feed coming into your computer, for that matter), though the resulting quality may not be as good as expected.
You can add watermarks and texts to your recordings, take snapshots of your favorite frames, and play back your videos using your default media player. No further video or audio editing is supported unless you download and install VideoPad, another NCH tool that will integrate seamlessly with Debut and will provide you with an amazing variety of filters, effects, transitions, and pro-looking editors for your video and audio streams. Likewise, if you intend to save your recordings to disc without leaving this app, you can install Express Burn Disc Burner, which will also integrate with this improvised “video suite” right away. According to the program’s site (and following NCH’s tradition), you can download and use this tool for free as long as you don’t make any commercial gain from it. However, the site’s store will offer you to buy a one-license Pro edition and a Home edition “for non-business use”, which makes everything a bit confusing.
Be it as it may, Debut Video Capture Software is known for the ease of use of its overall functionality, which will have your making screen recordings of your webcam, your desktop activity, or your connected capture devices in no time.
- Free for non-commercial use
- Selectable capture area
- Wide choice of output formats
- Captures video from external sources
- Scheduled recording
- Some functions require additional NCH software
- Irregular output quality