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Webinaria

Program: Webinaria

License: Can't find the license on the site. However it does claim to be open source. Hopefully someone else can find the source and the license is OSI approved.

Description: For all the users, who are on a search for free screen recording or screen-casting software, Webinaria is a good option, which proves quite useful while creating presentations or software demos. The application comes with a Webinaria Recorder, which allows the user to record voice narration, capture desktop screen movements, and Webcam videos in Flash format, and they can be uploaded to the web at a later stage.

Webinaria helps the user to create Flash (AVI to FLV) recordings of desktop content and publish online, record voice commentary with the created presentation or demo, and even shows a “picture in picture” video via webcam. With the help of this cool application, the user can even share sales presentations and training demos anywhere anytime.

This program is quite useful for e-learning purposes and even for making demonstration of software features. The software developers can use this application to reduce the amount of technical support required, in the process, and explain the otherwise hard to explain facts, within few moments. For screen-casting, additional Webinaria Recorder package needs to be downloaded. The package supports both audio and video content upload, however there’s a restriction on supported formats.
(Description from http://webinaria.software.informer.com/, viewed 22/5/09)

Website: http://www.webinaria.com

Other: If this is not truly Free Software (OSS) does anyone know of an open source alternativethat could be ported. I know CamStudio is on the Test Release page (https://portableapps.com/node/16708) however the base app project is seemingly dead now making the portable version here on the site pretty much redundant (No offence OliverK). Also there are a number of functions that CamStudio does not support that is now among the expected features for screencasting such as audio support and annotation. I've used AviScreen but this too does not fit the bill. If there are any freeware apps that meet the criteria please post them and maybe we can address them when freeware support is available.

Cheers = ]

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If you check the SF site for Webinaria

You can see the license info.
It is listed as GNU Library or Lesser General Public License (LGPL).

I'll check it out. I have used Wink in the past for similar stuff; I'd like to see how this compares.

EDIT: Played around with it a bit.
Pro: It doesn't seem to slow down the system while recording.
Con: Makes huge avi files, editor is buggy and crashes a lot.

I'll stick with Wink.

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Wink

You can try Wink, https://portableapps.com/node/11957 it's in an old paf but it works.

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I'd like to do it

I'm wanting such software some time very soon, and I'd like to do this one - it sounds good.

However, at the moment I'm inundated in (mainly English) homework, and may not be able to get to it for a couple of weeks, or maybe even a month or more. Or I might then forget it Blum

I'll see how I go though. Thanks, I'm liking the description of this!

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I'll do the English homework and you do Webinaria Portable = D

Being Aussie I have the same spelling. I aced English throughout my schooling and did advanced literature studies in high school.

JK Biggrin

I did do that well with English during my schooling but don't think it would be ethical to do your schoolwork. Unless your school has an open-source homework policy aka Pro-Plagiarism.

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WHICH ONE!

Well this seems interesting.

When you were testing Webinaria which one compared to Camstudio and Wink would you say had higher "quality" as in higher frame rates.

I generally don't care if the .Avi files are large, mainly I am going to decompile it extract the frames to .Jpeg or .Bmp (somehow...) and use GIMP to make anmattions (PNG).

I tried Hypercam (slowed down the system) and ESVC (Didn't have good frame rates).

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which one?

CamStudio and Wink are very different in their approach.

Camstudio directly captures everything in the capture area as an avi file, or directly to a flash file. It can also capture audio. It maxes out at a frame rate of 100.
There are some neat tools to pre-place annotations, either as a shape with text, or as a picture in picture from a web cam - they can even have transparency.
If you capture as a avi file, you can later use the SWF producer to export it as a flash file.

Wink can capture in three different ways: As a timed capture (kind of like Camstudio), manually capturing screenshots, or by input-driven capture (it takes a shot every time you click the mouse or use the keyboard).
Once captured, it immediately takes you to the editor, which allows you to add, remove, or edit each frame.
The editor has a good range of tools to edit the presentation. In addition to being able to add in shapes, text, images, and audio, you can also add navigational controls so the user can jump forward or back in the presentation, or link to a URL.
Wink also uses a novel approach to the cursor. It allows you to reposition the cursor in each frame, and it extrapolates a smooth path from one frame to the next.
Wink outputs either to a flash file or to a self-contained exe file.
As for frame rate, you can set the frame rate for the timed capture pretty high (which gives you more frames to play with in the editor), but the swf output maxes out at 100.

I prefer Wink. It gives a lot more control over the final output, and I don't need to duct-tape a bunch of other apps together to edit it. If I use the input-driven capture, I'll only need to do some minor editing to get it to do what I want. Finally, the editing capabilities make this very forgiving when you are taking your captures - if you screw up, you don't need to restart your whole capture, because you can surgically remove those sections later.

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There are

There are a number of apps out there to extract frames from AVI files.
VirtualDub from this site will do this.

As for making PNG animations - I didn't think GIMP had that a plug-in for that. I know it can make GIF and MNG animations.

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Registers a server

Webinaria registers a server for itself in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, which looks to me as though it'll disqualify it from non-admin use. The registered files are UScreenCapture.ax and its associated RmBkFilter.dll. I'll still investigate it though when I can test it on a non-admin account, but I think that we're scuppered with it.

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