Take Your First Capture

So you've installed Jing, but now what? Learn how to take your first capture, and we bet you'll get the hang of Jing very quickly.

Do you see the sun? It looks like the image below--the faint one without the mouse cursor. It's discreetly tucked away somewhere on the edge of your screen, always ready when you need to make a capture. (Oh, and you can always move or hide the sun if you want.)

sun launcher

Taking your first capture:

The general workflow is to select something on your screen, then choose whether you wish to create an image or video. Record or annotate as desired, then save or share your finished capture. Below is a more detailed breakdown.

  1. Mouse-over the sun and three little rays appear.
    • The one with the cross-hairs is Capture. This is how you start your capture.
    • The one in the middle is History. Copies of your captures are located here.
    • The one with the two gears is More. There are many settings you can change in More. For example, you can setup Hotkeys, or make it so the Jing sun doesn't appear on your screen.
    • Click Capture.
  2. Select an area of your screen to capture.
    • You can select a window, part of a window, or click and drag the cross-hairs to select a region.
    • Decide if you want to capture an image or video. For this first capture, we suggest you click the Image button. You can add arrows, text and highlights to images.
    • If you decide to record a video, note that if you have a microphone, you can narrate your video in addition to capturing the action on the screen. Videos are limited to 5 minutes in length for Jing. Need to create a longer video? Check out Snagit.
  3. Do something with your finished capture.
    • You could save the capture to your computer.
    • You can also copy the image to your clipboard. This makes it easy to switch to another application like a document or email and paste the image.
    • Sharing to Screencast.com returns a convenient link which is copied to your clipboard. This is a very powerful option in that you can paste the link into chats, emails, and instant messaging clients.

That's the basic idea! You quickly capture an image or make a little video. Then, you either share it or save it!

Please check out our Frequently Asked Questions and other things you might like to know.

For all technical support issues, please contact TechSmith's free Technical Support. Have an idea to make Jing better? Share your feedback!



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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 Screencast.com Share I Video/Written
009 - The Copy Button Share I Video/Written
010 - The Save Button Share I Video/Writen
011 - Embed Jing Content Using Screencast.com Share II Video/Written
012 - Edit Jing Images in Snagit Share: Edit II Video/Written
013 - Edit Jing Videos in Camtasia Studio Share: Edit II Video/Written
014 - Jing Capture History Manage I Video/Written
015 - What is Screencast.com? FAQ I Written
016 - Your Screencast.com Account Manage: Account I Written
017 - Quit or Restart Jing FAQ I Written
018 - Audio FAQ FAQ I Written
019 - Things You’ll Want to Know FAQ I Written
020 - Frequently Asked Questions FAQ I Written
021 - Preferences and Settings Settings and Options I Written
022 - Customize Jing Buttons Settings and Options I Video/Written
023 - Jing Startup and “Sun” Options Settings and Options I Video/Written
024 - Use Jing with a Proxy Server (Windows Only) Settings and Options III Written
025 - Understanding Video Formats: SWF & MPEG-4 Reference II Written