Video Formats (Jing Pro Only)

Note: Jing Pro is no longer available for purchase. Learn moreSnagit now creates video in the MPEG-4 format. 

Jing Pro allows you to create MPEG-4 (also often referred to as MP4) videos in addition to SWF videos. Jing can only capture video in SWF format. What's the difference?

Here are the basics:

SWF is really good at a few things: It captures with pixel perfect precision, it works great when viewed on the Web, and it's royalty-free. But there are some disadvantages and this is where MPEG-4 comes in.

MPEG-4 is much better than SWF at capturing high-motion content. It's also editable. TechSmith's Camtasia Studio is one of the few programs that can edit Jing-produced SWFs. The MPEG-4 format can be edited in Camtasia Studio, iMovie, and many other editors. MPEG-4 is more flexible in terms of how users can view the video. Like SWF, MPEG-4 works great on the Web but it also plays in QuickTime and many other players. Finally, Jing's MPEG-4 format achieves real-time encoding using some powerful compression technology (H.264) that usually achieves a much smaller (file size) video than SWF.

In summary then, MP4 is better because:

  • It's better at capturing motion.
  • It's generally editable in third-party applications.
  • It's usually a smaller file size.
  • It's a standard video format--works on any number of sites that support video.
  • It's playable outside of a web browser. In other words, people can just double-click the file and generally have a great experience. Double-clicking a SWF file is generally unsuccessful because it requires a browser to play it.

Learn more and see some examples.

Title Category Level Format
000 - Take Your First Capture Getting Started I Video/Written
001 - Interactive “Hands-on” Jing Tutorial: Mac OS X Getting Started I Simulation
002 - Interactive “Hands-on” Jing Tutorial: Windows Getting Started I Simulation
003 - Where is the Jing Capture That I Sent To My Clipboard? Getting Started I Written
004 - Capture Hotkey Capture I Video/Written
005 - Select an Area to Capture Capture I Video/Written
006 - Capture an Image Capture I Video/Written
007 - Capture a Video Capture I Video/Written
008 - Share to Share I Video/Written
009 - The Copy Button Share I Video/Written
010 - The Save Button Share I Video/Writen
011 - The Twitter Button Share I Video/Written
012 - The Facebook Button Share II Video/Written
013 - The Flickr Button Share II Video/Written
014 - Embed Jing Content Using Share II Video/Written
015 - The FTP Button Share III Video/Written
016 - Edit Jing Images in Snagit Share: Edit II Video/Written
017 - Edit Jing Videos in Camtasia Studio Share: Edit II Video/Written
018 - Jing Capture History Manage I Video/Written
019 - What is FAQ I Written
020 - Your Account Manage: Account I Written
021 - Quit or Restart Jing FAQ I Written
022 - Audio FAQ FAQ I Written
023 - Things You’ll Want to Know FAQ I Written
024 - Frequently Asked Questions FAQ I Written
025 - Preferences and Settings Settings and Options I Written
026 - Customize Jing Buttons Settings and Options I Video/Written
027 - Jing Startup and “Sun” Options Settings and Options I Video/Written
028 - Use Jing with a Proxy Server (Windows Only) Settings and Options III Written
029 - Understanding Video Formats: SWF & MPEG-4 Reference II Written
030 - FTP Custom Code (Advanced Topic) Reference III Written