Suggest mac software for video recording in usability lab

20 Sep 2010 - 2:36pm
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ErikH
2010

Hi,

I'm working as a research assistant at a Swedish university and we're currently rebuilding our user experience lab. One of the problems we see with the lab is that it's way too complicated to do testing.

We want the process of testing to be as simple as possible. Since we're doing both GUI-tests and other types of tests (for example observations on different types of assembly instructions in manufacturing industry or observation of creative meetings) we need both the possibility to record video from 2-3 different cameras and the possibility to do screen capture (and at the same time in some cases.)

Is there any good mac software for capturing multiple video sources and screen capture out there? The "dream scenario" would be if any of my colleagues easily could get into the lab, start a computer, open the software, create a new project and then press record. I want to reduce the setup time as much as possible. 

As it is right now, people hesitate on doing user tests because it's way too complicated.

We have two brand new iMacs to use as lab computers.

Thanks.

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20 Sep 2010 - 3:00pm
dsblanes
2010

I've used Snapz for screen capture. It works well.  http://www.ambrosiasw.com/utilities/snapzprox/

 

20 Sep 2010 - 6:48pm
Saardia Wong
2008

If you want something simple to use give Silverback a try. http://silverbackapp.com/

It can't record from multiple cameras but it does everything else you require.

21 Sep 2010 - 10:50am
Peter Bird
2006

We're using Screenflow, which we found to be a little more robust than Silverback. Its video editing tools are good enough that for most things, we don't need to bring it into iMovie, Final Cut or another video editor. Though I don't believe it can record from multiple cameras either.

http://www.telestream.net/screen-flow/overview.htm

Peter

21 Sep 2010 - 8:21pm
ninae
2010

TechSmith's Jing is great (and free) for under five minute recordings. Same company, different product: Camtasia for Mac is also awesome.

 

22 Sep 2010 - 8:05am
jrydberg
2010

Does any of these tools also record clicks and display them visually in the video?

On Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 8:35 AM, ninae <eliasnin@gmail.com> wrote:

TechSmith's Jing is great (and free) for under five minute recordings. Same company, different product: Camtasia for Mac is also awesome.

 

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22 Sep 2010 - 9:06am
Chris Korhonen
2010

Yeah, Sliverback definitely does it - clicks and keypresses are highlighted in the video.


On Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 10:29 AM, jrydberg <johan.rydberg@gmail.com> wrote:

Does any of these tools also record clicks and display them visually in the video?

On Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 8:35 AM, ninae <eliasnin@gmail.com [1]> wrote:

TechSmith's Jing is great (and free) for under five minute recordings. Same company, different product: Camtasia for Mac is also awesome.

 

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22 Sep 2010 - 5:05pm
Joe Ortenzi
2008

Silverback does, for certain, it also allows you to place markers in the timeline, like a bookmark, which you can use to sync it with a question, text, or other notational event. have you been to their website? They have a very helpful demo.

On Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 12:13 AM, jrydberg <johan.rydberg@gmail.com> wrote:

Does any of these tools also record clicks and display them visually in the video?

On Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 8:35 AM, ninae <eliasnin@gmail.com [1]> wrote:

TechSmith's Jing is great (and free) for under five minute recordings. Same company, different product: Camtasia for Mac is also awesome.

 

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22 Sep 2010 - 2:05am
Joe Ortenzi
2008

Sounds like Silverback will be a good fit as it is easy to use, records an enture usability session
http://silverbackapp.com/
You can download a full trial version to play with it for 30 days before purchase
For straight vid capture of what is happening on the screen, try either Skitch or Jing, both are free. The makers of Jing also offer a more fully featured Camtasia for Mac, which is prettuy easy to use if you watch the tutorials first.
Joe


On Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 1:53 PM, Phorpher <erik.hellstrom@mdh.se> wrote:

Hi,

I'm working as a research assistant at a Swedish university and we're currently rebuilding our user experience lab. One of the problems we see with the lab is that it's way too complicated to do testing.

We want the process of testing to be as simple as possible. Since we're doing both GUI-tests and other types of tests (for example observations on different types of assembly instructions in manufacturing industry or observation of creative meetings) we need both the possibility to record video from 2-3 different cameras and the possibility to do screen capture (and at the same time in some cases.)

Is there any good mac software for capturing multiple video sources and screen capture out there? The "dream scenario" would be if any of my colleagues easily could get into the lab, start a computer, open the software, create a new project and then press record. I want to reduce the setup time as much as possible. 

As it is right now, people hesitate on doing user tests because it's way too complicated.

We have two brand new iMacs to use as lab computers.

Thanks.

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27 Sep 2010 - 1:02am
ErikH
2010

Thanks for all the answers!  I've got some good alternatives for screen capture now. :)

But how about just recording video? Let's say I have three firewire cameras that I would like to use at the same time. Is there any mac software that can record multiple video sources?

28 Sep 2010 - 11:06am
Marc Siry
2007

Look into "Security Spy"

http://www.bensoftware.com/ss/

On Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 3:34 AM, ErikH wrote: > Thanks for all the answers!  I've got some good alternatives for screen > capture now. :) > > But how about just recording video? Let's say I have three firewire cameras > that I would like to use at the same time. Is there any mac software that > can record multiple video sources? > > (

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