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Screen Recording Software for Usability Tests

 6:37 pm on Aug 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

I'm looking to start doing some usability tests and would like to record what happens for future playback to the whole team.

Can anyone recommend suitable software (preferably free/cheap) for such a task? Something which records everything on a screen (for later playback).

It would also be great if it could record sound (and even video from a webcam attached to a pc) at the same time.




 8:12 pm on Aug 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

I use a Mac (not Free/Cheap).

However, an Intel Mac, running VMWare Fusion, or Parallels Desktop, is an ideal Usability test platform.

You can use either ScreenFlow or Silverback as a Mac-based recorder, and it will record, even if you have VMWare set as whole screen (rendering the Mac an effective Windows machine).


 7:59 am on Aug 26, 2008 (gmt 0)


- Unfortunately I don't have access to a mac - just a pc (should have mentioned that sorry).



 12:30 pm on Aug 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

In that case, I can't help. When I took the Nielsen-Norman Group's class, they were pushing a multi-hundred-dollar package, but that was nowhere near cheap. Silverback is 50 bucks, and Screenflow is a hundred.


 2:55 am on Sep 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

I think some screen recorders like DemoCreator, Captive, and Camtasia can get the task done. But the three mentioned above are not free. There are some freeware like Camstudio, Tipcam, and Jing Project, but their editing function need to be enhanced. If you just want to record what happens for future playback, that is enough.


 7:42 am on Sep 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

Another program that might do the trick is Winks and it's free.


 8:30 am on Sep 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

Excellent thanks - I'll try out all of those :)


 10:31 am on Nov 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

I juse MAGic with Speech JAWS depending on what sort of vision day I am having

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