Techsmith announced today the release of SnagIt version 11.1, free to owners of version 11, meaning everyone who has the Palomar College licensed version of SnagIt. Chief among the new features is the ability to capture system sound when capturing video. Unbelievably they released version 11 without this ability built-in, and I suspect it was the most commented on oversight ever with a TechSmith product, unless it be the unaccountable dissimilarities between the Mac and PC versions of Camtasia. Especially in view of the fact the Jing, TechSmith’s free video capture tool, is being deprecated and SnagIt is the heir apparent.
In any event, SnagIt has the ability now, and there is no longer a need to keep Jing around, if you have both. It is not apparent how to turn the feature on, however, so here is a brief how-to:
Start SnagIt. (Look it up in the Start menu; or if you have the icon on your task bar, click it; or if you have SnagIt running in the system tray—and what good is it if it is not always running—double click it).
Select the Video capture profile.
Click the capture button.
SnagIt will minimize, replaced by the SnagIt cross-hairs. Draw around the portion of the screen you want to capture. When you release the mouse button the video capture window will appear.
Depending on what you are doing, click the Microphone button to turn it off, the system audio button to turn it off, or leave them both on. If you are MAKING a video that you are going to narrate, you will probably want the mic on and the system audio off. If you are capturing an already made video, like a TED talk or YouTube video, you will want the mic off and the system audio—the sound that comes out your system speakers or your headphones—on. On rare occasions you will be making a video that contains a video, in which case you will want them both on.
How TechSmith could have released the new SnagIt without this feature set is really puzzling.
Also new in version 11.1 is Windows 8 compatibility—that’s good, because Windows 8 is out October 26, though is already being distributed by many outlets, including our Academic Alliance. There are also a couple of new stamp sets, which must be downloaded separately, one for algebra and one for geometry. And finally a spell checker for the SnagIt editor’s text tool. Pretty tame stuff all in all, except for the system sound feature, which should have been in SnagIt 11 from the get go. In all, SnagIt continues to be the most polished screen capture tool available, and is now ready to take over for Jing when it is retired.