What is Video Streaming?
By the end of 2014, you should already know what video streaming is and how it is already radically changing (and improving) the way in which we all enjoy media. If you need a refresher, we created a post a few weeks ago entailing how one can record streaming video to view at a later date. When streaming media first started in the mainstream, the A/V community online was taken by storm: here was something even better than Teevo and HDR. You were not only making a conversion from the analogue devices of the past to High Definition digital, by streaming you cut out all physical media (which ultimately is the goal of all digitalization). This practice was better because it was entirely online-based. Nowadays, streaming seems common place as it continues to change the way we interact with media on the web. We can record footage from the screen of our PC directly to a hard drive. Then, we can upload this content and everyone can instantly watch it in high fidelity without the delay of having to download or be given a physical device. We can record onscreen actions to use in a tutorial or presentation. What’s more, the year’s best video streaming apps also allow you to edit and upload all of these recordings online with just the click of a button. We’ve taken the liberty of creating our own year end retrospective: What is the best streaming video recording software of 2014? Never fear. We plan to answer that in this ensuing article.
If all you want is a basic streaming video recorder which allows you to watch your favorite Netflix show at any time, your options nowadays are virtually endless. This market is extremely competitive. So, we advise you to carefully compare audio capabilities, speed, video quality, and file format saving options at the very least. If you also wish to edit what you record, it’s important to know whether your program of choice can add text, watermarks, voices, or titles. Can you cut frames and piece them back together to create a whole new video? Last, but certainly not least, how does the software producer’s help and support system rank up?
We examine several programs and compile a list of the best streaming video downloader software in 2014. Some of the titles below are free. Others can be freely downloaded but will only unlock with the full version for a certain cost. Still, others represent a certain investment into your viewing, recording, and editing comfort.
5. Screen Recording Suite
You may freely try out this affordable program suite on any 3 minute recording (with a company watermark of course). If you decide to do so, the program will cost you $39.95 to buy. The software is light (in that it takes up less than 20MB of space) and supports various modes of onscreen recordings. You can record webcam streams, record the audio separately, edit your videos, and schedule screen recording sessions. You can record the entire screen, select parts of it, or only what’s around your mouse cursor. One great feature is the program’s ability to record sound solely from the system, from the microphone, or from both sources simultaneously. As you can probably tell, this software is incredibly versatile.
There’s few and far between what CamVerce cannot do. It can record footage from major Video Streaming Server sources such as YouTube. CamVerce includes the ability to save your video to ten different file format types. It allows you to launch all your apps from a single window. So, you can stream live drawings, recordings, and edits to an online audience. There are several options for audio recording, including the ability to add your own voice as you record other audio and video. The editing options are very powerful and versatile. The support system is incredibly prompt. Finally, this software includes a much needed scheduled recording feature. Why does this program not rank higher on our list? Simple. It lacks some essential editing tools such as zoom, crop, and audio file conversions.
3. Adobe Presenter 10
Adobe: it’s a household name. Presenter is user friendly and exceptionally straightforward to use for even the most novice of beginners who only wish to record their favorite show from an online source. The quality of the video output is impeccable. I personally believe it is nearly as good as the original source material from the web page. Keep in mind, your mileage will vary here. If you record a low quality video, the end result will obviously be low quality as well. The editing tools are professional grade and audio is recorded at the same time as video. On the downside, Adobe Presenter is incredible expensive (almost double the price you’d pay for our gold medal winner below). It also lacks one feature that people who use video streaming recorders highly appreciate: scheduled recording.
2. Open Broadcaster Software
As its name suggests, software developers devised OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) for streaming purposes first and foremost. It encodes via H264 (x 264) and AAC. It can stream from any number of sources, directly to popular video streaming platforms like DailyMotion, YouTube, and Twitch. It has been customized for game capture (it is GPU-based). However, it also offers a good alternative for those who want to record video streams. The output files are saved to .mp4 or .flv and the program also captures device videos (such as from webcams or capture cards). Not only is it free, but it’s completely Open Source. Open Source means anyone can contribute to the coding and improvement of the program.
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Hands down, the BurnWorld award for Best Streaming Video Recorder of 2014 goes to Camtasia. The software is slightly high priced and it has a sharp learning curve. This is especially true for amateur videographers. If all you want to do is record your favorite shows, you might find the software slightly overwhelming at first. But, I feel this should still be your best choice. Camtasia will allow you to schedule recordings, for your favorite show, web series, or live streaming event. It’s got some of the most complex editing features available to both pros and amateurs at the moment. Its support system works like a charm. So if you’re willing to go through a few tutorials to grasp the program’s full capabilities at first, we bet you’re going to love Camtasia.
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