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[Windows] Record your screen and save as WMV, AVI, MPEG, or FLV with Boxoft Screen Video Capture

2013-05-03_225500 [1]Looking for a program to record your screen? dotTech has a review on the best free screen capture/recording for Windows [2]. However, if you are not satisfied with any of the programs we mention in our review, Boxoft Screen Video Capture wants your business. Let’s see if it is worth our time.

WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO

Main Functionality

As the name may indicate, Boxoft Screen Video Capture is a program that allows you to record your screen (aka capture your screen as video).

Take note another name for Boxoft Screen Video Capture is A-PDF Screen Video Capture.

Pros

Cons

Discussion

2013-05-03_232404 [3]Boxoft Screen Video Capture is a basic screen recording program that allows you to record your screen and save it as WMV, AVI, MPEG, or FLV. There really isn’t much to Boxoft Screen Video Capture aside from the basics of screen capture; you select the part of your screen you want to record using either the window selection tool or freehand rectangle selection tool (which can be expanded to include your whole screen, if so desired) and recording starts as soon as you make your selection. This means you have to make sure to modify the output format via Output Setting before you make your screen selection, if you don’t want it in WMV (WMV is default).

If you prefer not for recording to start instantly after you make your area selection, you can modify an option in Action -> Setting -> Record which makes it so you much hit the Start button — or press Alt + F5 — after you make your area selection before capturing starts.

Take note by default Boxoft Screen Video Capture is set to not automatically hide its main program interface when a recording happens. If you plan on recording any area in which Boxoft Screen Video Capture’s main program interface may get in the way, I recommend enabling ‘Hide when recording’ from Action -> Setting -> Record to force Boxoft Screen Video Capture to automatically hide itself once recording starts.

Also take note by default Boxoft Screen Video Capture will not capture any audio. If you want to capture audio, you need to go to Output Setting -> Audio Settings and enable audio capture plus select the appropriate settings. If audio is not capture even after enabling audio, go back to Output Setting -> Audio Settings and play around with the Input Device and Input Line options until you get something to work.

When you want recording to stop, you hit the Stop button on the main program interface or tap Alt + F5. Captured videos are automatically saved and you are given a popup asking if you want to view them. It is as easy as that.

That being said, I have two problems with Boxoft Screen Video Capture.

First of all, I cannot get audio recording to work. I’m not sure if Boxoft Screen Video Capture’s audio recording is bugged, if I’m doing it wrong, or if there is something wrong with my computer; whatever the case is, I get an “Invalid DeviceID” error whenever I enable audio recording on my Windows 7 (64-bit) laptop and my Windows XP (32-bit) virtual machine. For what it is worth, the microphone and speakers/sound card on my laptop work just fine so I think the issue may be with Boxoft Screen Video Capture.

Secondly, Boxoft Screen Video Capture is nothing more than a basic screen recording program. There are no features in Boxoft Screen Video Capture that would make you want to buy it. In fact, Boxoft Screen Video Capture is missing features found in freeware video captures, such as the ability to highlight mouse cursor, highlight mouse clicks, and highlight mouse movement. Another important feature I feel Boxoft Screen Video Capture is missing is basic video editing. I’m not looking for a full-fledged video editor in Boxoft Screen Video Capture but I would at least like the ability to trim and/or crop recorded videos. This would be very useful in cutting out content you captured by accident, particularly at the start/end of videos.

CONCLUSION AND DOWNLOAD LINK

Meh. That is how my feeling regarding Boxoft Screen Video Capture: meh. Boxoft Screen Video Capture has no features that standout; it is just another average screen recording program. In fact, I would say it is below average considering how freeware screen recorders have features not found in Boxoft Screen Video Capture. My recommendation is to not bother with Boxoft Screen Video Capture. Instead of Boxoft Screen Video Capture, you should read dotTech’s review on best free screen capture/recording programs for Windows [2] to learn about excellent and free screen recording programs.

Price: $27

Version reviewed: 1.6

Supported OS: Windows 2000/2003/XP/Vista/Win7

Download size: 12.6 MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/44 [4]

Is it portable? No

Boxoft Screen Video Capture homepage [5]