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Balesio ALLCapture 3

Read our review of ALLCapture 3 from Balesio.

Introduction
About ALLCapture 3
Download and Installation
Using ALLCapture 3
Pricing and Support
Conclusion


Introduction

ALLCapture is a screen recording program that also lets you edit and distribute screencasts, demos, tutorials, software simulations and videos.

In this review, we'll look at version 3.0 of ALLCapture Enterprise.

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About ALLCapture 3

ALLCapture is from Balesio, a company based in Germany that also creates PPTMinimizer, Turbodemo, etc. You can learn more about these products, and download a trial version of ALLCapture 3 here.

ALLCapture 3 comes in two versions, Standard and Enterprise. In this review, will be focusing on the Enterprise version. A review of version 2 of ALLCapture can be found here.

The new features in ALLCapture 3.0 are:

  • The new PowerPoint add-in automatically converts presentations to Flash or video formats.
  • A new Zoom option (see Figure 1).

  • Figure 1: Zoom option
  • You can change the playback speed (depending on frame rate).
  • Resize and scale existing projects, e.g resize your movie to fit your iPod.
  • Unlimited time for screen recording.
  • PanelStudio allows to create personalized navigation bars for Flash movies.
  • SkinStudio lets you create customized speech bubbles and callouts.

My contact at Balesio for this review was Christoph Schmid. Thank you, Christoph.

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Download and Installation

Download the installer, run the setup routine, and follow the instructions. You'll end up with a ALLCapture 3 program group in your Windows Start menu (see Figure 2 below).


Figure 2: ALLCapture 3 Start menu Group

It also create a toolbar in Microsoft PowerPoint, as shown in Figure 3.


Figure 3: ALLCapture 3 toolbar in PowerPoint

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Using ALLCapture 3

Follow this steps to use ALLCapture 3 within PowerPoint:

  1. Open or create a presentation in PowerPoint.
  2. Select Record with AllCapture button from the toolbar (refer to Figure 3).
  3. Note: Choose the dimensions for recording.


  4. For this tutorial, I am recording a slide show in PowerPoint. Click the Record button to start the capture. The recording area can be previewed inside a rectangle as shown in Figure 4.

  5. Figure 4: Recoding a slideshow
  6. Note: We used a sample presentation from the Indezine presentation bank. You can download the same presentation here.
  7. Once the recording is over, AllCapture 3 interface opens with the recorded clip ready for editing, or generating to an output format (see Figure 5).

  8. Figure 5: AllCapture 3 interface
  9. Once you are done with the edits, save the project and export using the File | Export option, as shown in Figure 6.

  10. Figure 6: Export options
  11. Export options available are:
  12. SWF (.swf): Macromedia Flash file.
    EXE (.exe): Executable Demo
    ASF: Windows Media Player Format
    MPEG: for DVD, SVCD, VCD.
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Pricing and Support

ALLCapture 3 Enterprise version costs $289.00 for a single user license, and is available as a multiple user license product as well. The normal version of ALLCapture 3 costs $129.

Support is through email, online FAQ, phone, and web tutorials.

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Conclusion

ALLCapture 3.0 denotes the maturing of the ALLCapture line of products to encompass a whole capture, edit, and distribute solution that is logically laid out. The inclusion of extra add-ins in the package does sweeten the deal.

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