We’ve looked at a few screen capture applications for both Windows and Mac OS X in the past, so I was excited to be able to take the chance to look at Wondershare’s DemoCreator application for Windows based machines. Promising to be a powerful, yet simple application to capture whatever is going on when you are recording, DemoCreator has a lot of competition in the market, with a lot of extremely professional applications to go head to head against.
Setup and Installation
The installation package of DemoCreator weighs in at a surprisingly low 13mb in size, so it shouldn’t be any trouble to download if you’re on a low bandwidth internet connection. The installation process of the application is mostly automated, so in a few clicks of the ‘next’ button you’re all up and running.
Once it’s installed, there’s no complicated setup involved of the application at all, in fact you can get straight to recording your screen and setting up some screencasts for editing.
When beginning a screen recording session, you can choose between three options. You can record a single applicaton, and all of your activities within that application; a custom space on your screen chosen by yourself or the full screen. The screen recording itself works great, however, you may want to make sure your computer is up to the task of recording video and performing operations at the same time at a reasonable speed.
Strangely, this isn’t a problem which I encountered when using other video recording applications, such as Camtasia, so look out for this. Also, it’s not made clear what hotkey to use to stop recording once you begin, just a 3.. 2.. 1.. countdown on the screen, so a clearer hotkey would have been nice here.
Once you’re done with recording whatever is happening on your screen, you can begin the editing process. When you stop recording, you’ll automatically be transferred to the editing window, where your recorded selection will be waiting for you.
There are several features here that can be utilised to help make your screencast look as professional as possible. You can easily add callouts and notes to your recording, to highlight some key features of your product or demo, and make things a little easier to understand for the viewer. You can also add your company logo to brand the video so everyone knows who you are.
Wondershare’s DemoCreator definitely has potential to be a great professional screencasting application, with its easy to use interface and simple video recording. However, I think the editing section of the program may need a few tweaks and additions to make it a viable professional choice for professional users in the market for a new screencasting application. You can grab a personal license for $99.95, which is around £65.