iShowU

Version: 1.88 || Release Date: 2011-04-06 || License: Commercial with demo ($20 USD) Developer: shinywhitebox ltd | App Owner: scornflake

iShowU allows you to capture and record anything you can see on your screen, along with audio from any compatible source. Ever been in the situation where you wanted to show someone what was going on, but couldn't? Either the person is not right next to you, not around, in another country (the list goes on). Now just record what you're doing and what you want to say, and stick it in an email!

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I needed to rip a continuous 3 hours worth of system audio/video so I went on the hunt for screencasting software. I downloaded all the demos and gave them a go. Most couldn't use system audio so they were out of the running immediately. Of those that could handle system audio, only iShowU encoded on the fly and gave me a wealth of options for tweaking the size, compression, codec, audio quality. Best of all, iShowU made that easy with a bunch of useful presets. I just did a few test runs with different presets and picked the one that worked best for my application.

I've now got a gorgeous 3 hour video that was a snap to make. Woohoo!

If I have one gripe it's that it doesn't run great on a PowerBook G4 1.5GHz/1.25GB. It works, but combined with the already resource intensive Java app that I was recording it overtaxed my system. On my Core 2 Duo iMac, however, it's a screamer.

iShowU is a fantastic piece of software and is dirt cheap for what it does and how well it does it!

I just created my first screencast this weekend using IShowU and iMovie - IShowU ended up working great (better than snapz pro). I set one of my monitors to 1280×800, and had IShowU capture the top 1280×720 (turn off the "divisible by 32" setting, or you get 1280×736). This then imported into iMovie at 720p, and edited there. To give you an idea of time involved in making a quality screencast, this six minute movie took me about 16 hours to build.

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Already own and have used Snapz Pro for over a year. I use it for recording training videos for Ruby/Rails, Photoshop, Linux etc...
iShowU is much better, more options, better recording, all round better product. I purchased after making a dozen or so sample movies at all definitions from 1920×1280 down to 320×200.

Great application. I use it for creating screencasts for my clients' webapps.

The problem with this app is it encodes video on the fly, this means that while recording your computer is slightly slower and worse, the actual recording has a slow frame rate. On a 2ghz macbook I could not get a solid 30fps even on the lowest setting, best I could get was 8-10fps.

In contrast SnapzPro managed a silky smooth 30fps, it does this because it does the encoding after the recording is done. It's a shame because IshowU has the best interface and is much easier to use, if only it produced the same results as Snapz.

extremely resource-hungry, when I tested it a little while ago... but effective.

It makes me wonder if there isn't something faster out there (as in, I can't help but feel there should be).

I can't tell you what's wrong with iShow but I just recorded an iFilm movie with SnapzPro, so it can be done.

Sorry but if I understood my problem, too,
it would NOT be happening.
But it just does. So apologies to you lucky guys.
If you have suggestions as to what is happening...?
Have you tried these with an iFilm video...?

I've been using iShowU on my Intel iMac for several months and the developer has been very receptive and prompt in dealing with support issues. It's recorded anything I've thrown at it.

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