Debut Video Capture Software 1.63 Editor's review
The Debut Video Capture Software is quite a versatile recording tool that can save video files from a wide range of video capturing devices, like web cameras, and also directly from the display of your computer or windows subsections. However, in addition to capturing them, this application enables users to adjust the characteristics of the videos recorded, control the file format in which they are saved, set their viewing order based on different criteria and many more. Therefore, it is safe to say that for whatever recording purpose you might have, the Debut Video Capture Software is an excellent means to do it.
Debut Video Capture Software is an ad-supported application, as in the installation phase you will be asked whether you would like to install the NCH Software Internet Browser Toolbar, the Express Burner CD, the VideoPad Video Editor Software or the Prism Video File Converter. While certain apps like the VideoPad Video Editor software might prove useful due to its ability to crop and edit video files, others like the Prism Video File Converter or NCH Software Internet Browser, include features with disputable worth. However, it is important to point out that installing the applications bundled with Debut Video Capture Software is not mandatory. Therefore, check out their features and see whether any of them can help you in any way before proceeding with the installation.
Debut Video Capture Software is available as shareware, although the complete version of the program will cost around $60 and has a few extra features. Moreover, Debut Video Capture Software has been designed for compatibility with Windows XP and newer Windows Operating Systems.
The interface for Debut Video Capture Software basically contains four subsections. In the upper part, users are able to access the options, select the recording source (connected camera, network camera or desktop), schedule the automatic start time of a future recording, access the recorded video files, set up the characteristics of the recordings, access the website of the manufacturer for full version purchase purposes or enter the help menu. The middle left subsection of the screen is the actual video display of what is currently being recorded, while the middle right subsection enables you to change the gamma, brightness and contrast, apply filters or rotate the image and restore the default settings. Lastly, in the lowest subsection, users will be able to choose the video format output and its encoding options, take screenshots and actually start, pause and stop the recording process.
A positive feature of the Debut Video Capture Software resides in the ability to record various file format videos from three sources. Furthermore, the video files will also have the audio component, regardless of the format of your choice. Whilst each video file format has its own characteristics, users are easily capable of adjusting the resolution, brightness, contrast, gamma and other encoding options.
However, an even more innovative facility of Debut Video Capture Software is that it can transfer the recorded files via the network on which your computer is connected, FTP servers or email, in addition to storing them on your hard drive. In essence, the NCH Software has gone out of its way to provide a cutting edge recording program with a wide variety of applications, not unlike any of its other software utilities. Furthermore, this review would like to emphasize how easy the recorded videos can be found, thanks to its sorting feature, which can arrange the files based on name, size and date characteristics.
Some customers have argued that the installation kit is basically a downloader, so users are not granted the possibility of customizing its location.
A viable alternative to Debut Video Capture Software can be found among Camtasia Studio for Windows (Mac version also available), CamStudio, Fraps or even A-PDF Screen Video Capture. However, it is important to note that whilst the aforementioned programs have their application list limited to recording the videos from the desktop, the Debut Video Capture Software can take footage from webcams installed on the system or on the network.
Debut Video Capture Software is a versatile recording tool that enables users the possibility of saving video files from webcams as well as the desktop. In addition to that, the control over the characteristics of the videos recommends it as a high end recording software utility.
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Requirements: Windows XP/Vista and Windows 7
What's new in this version: Snapshot capture