Jing is a free application from TechSmith, which allows us to capture a still or video session of onscreen action from our computer screen. We can then share it with others, as a link, or an embed on a web or blog page.
A couple of years ago we used an old PC magazine trial version of TechSmith's "Camtasia" to do similar things.
(Camtasia is the "big brother" application to Jing).
The Jing website is located here:
Jing can be downloaded from this site, and only takes about 5 minutes to install onto a computer.
To find out how to use Jing, it is best to go to the page: http://help.jingproject.com/
and start reading and watching the excellent “How To” videos.
The following PDF document gives a review of getting started with Jing and making your first screen captures movie.
If you would like to have your own full size copy of this PDF, then simply click the save disk icon button on the PDF viewer, and you should be able to save it to your own hard disk.
Alternatively, you can view or save the full size PDF by clicking the link below:
Here is a five minute Jing video that we made here at Passy World. It is all about how to make a Pie Chart in Microsoft Excel 2007.
(The screen will go white for a few sections while the video loads in from the Jing screencast site).
As soon as the video starts playing, click the very bottom right hand corner "full screen" icon.
This should make the movie full screen so that it can be viewed clearly.
You might have to also turn up your speakers to hear the audio narration.
To return back to this Blog, press the Escape key.
Here is a separate link to go view the above Jing video full size on the "screencast" website:
See the "How to Pie Chart" video full size at Screencast
The other really cool thing about Jing is that we can also save our Video as an SWF file, (about 12 meg for 5 minutes of video). We can then have this on a USB memory stick, and run our presentation on a laptop any time, without having to connect to the internet.
There is also the Jing Pro upgrade, (which costs around $15 US per year). It provides MP4 quality, with direct upload to You Tube. We might upgrade to this at Passy World just to try it out, but for what we are doing at present, the free Jing is probably good enough.
So that’s about it for Jing....It is indeed a wonderful thing !
Big Passy Wasabi