Do you feel overwhelmed by video? We are bombarded with live video from Facebook, live streaming in Snapchat, and streaming on YouTube.
How are we supposed to process it all, especially when it may be gone in the blink of an eye?
More importantly, how can you capture this content so it’s not all lost in the internet’s void?
Don’t let the internet run your schedule.
You can easily capture or record live streaming video and share it with your friends, your coworkers, or save it for later viewing. It’s easy, it’s fast, and it will bring order to a chaotic media landscape. Here’s how to get started:
Step 1: Find a desktop capture tool
There are many tools that offer video screen capture. I use TechSmith’s Snagit which allows you to capture both video and still images.
A word of caution: There are many free (or freemium) versions of programs that allow you to record video from your screen, but be cautious — some of these are peppered with spam software or may be selling your information.
Another word of caution- most tools will only record short form video. To record longer format video, you would want to use a video editor, like Camtasia.
Step 2: Know where your record button is, and make sure its set to video!
Once you have you recorder, try loading it up and get use to the different settings. Most recorders will have the Image and Video record option, so make sure that you know which is which when recording streaming video.
We also recommend you test your audio. Snagit will record the audio from your computer as long as have the correct audio source selected. Select the audio source you want to capture, and then test it to make sure it records properly.
Step 3: Record!
Now it’s time for the fun stuff – the next time you see that video pop up, hit your record button (or hotkey) to get started:
Step 4: Convert and Upload (Optional):
Once you have your video, you can save it to the standard mp4 format, and either save it to your computer or upload to share with your friends!
Don’t forget, Snagit also lets you make a GIF out of your footage!
Video capture can help you make a little sense of the chaos you may feel. One of my favorite uses is recording a Google Hangout, and there are a lot of other great uses for video capture, too.
Check out this great post on how to record Skype and Google Hangout video calls and this one on how to enhance your existing content with video. Any questions or comments? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!