There are an ever increasing number of desktop screen recorders and we all have our favorites. We in AT at Lane have recently made a switch to recommend Screencast-o-matic.com’s software because it is feature rich, free and easy to use. That said, there are other excellent alternatives out there and I would like to I direct your attention to a piece of software that I think is worthy of consideration. Ink2Go is not explicitly intended to be screen recording software, and instead should be viewed as a tool for creating computer-based whiteboards/blackboards and can be used to markup or highlight any application open on your computer. This includes PowerPoint and/or Keynote as well as movies that are playing back and of course images or PDFs. In addition to all of these features you can either create static screenshots or record your desktop as you are using the markup tools. Ink2Go is available for both Mac and Windows operating environments and the cost of a single license is less than $20 (at the time of this writing.)
UPDATE: Anyone who has tried to screencast while using a computer based whiteboard knows that using a mouse to draw or write is frustrating. For anyone looking to get a drawing tablet, Monoprice has some inexpensive ones that have been recently reviewed very favorably.
CaptionTube is one of YouTube’s TestTube projects and was brought to my attention by Brad Hinson via @russeltarr on Twitter. You may have guessed that it’s primary goal is to help users easily create captions for anyone who may benefit from a text stream that mirrors any spoken content in a video. Obviously this is necessary for anyone who is hearing impaired, so kudos to Google for trying to help us all out with accessibility.
What I like about CaptionTube is that they allow you to not only caption your own videos, but also any other video on YouTube that has dialog or narration. This could be helpful in our situation where Disability Resources could help out with the captioning of an instructor’s video for any student that needed this resource. This is provided that the instructor already has videos on the site or is open to uploading them there.
CaptionTube has opportunities for further development by tightening integration with existing YouTube technologies. Few would find the existing (beta) auto-captioning integrated with YouTube ready for prime time but it does have one redeeming factor, captions can be downloaded, edited, and re-uploaded back into a new captions track. This means you can use the basic tool as imperfect as it is, to give you a starting point. I find it easier to work in that way rather than starting completely from scratch. I hope that in future versions of CaptionTube, the software engineers can give us the ability to import captions generated from another source including style of captions that YouTube creates.