Understanding Capture Modes

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Understanding Capture Modes

Postby vmarm » Thu Aug 20, 2015 8:20 am

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Viewlet Authors should have a solid grasp of the three different 'Capture Modes' available in ViewletBuilder to use during their on screen recording sessions. Surprisingly, there are still Viewlet Authors out there that don't. So, this week, let's revisit the topic of Capture Modes.

What is a Capture Mode?
When you create either a Screen Capture project or a Video Capture project, you have to determine the method you want to use to record the on screen actions during the capture session. The method (or mode) you choose is referred to as the Capture Mode. There are two capture modes available for Screen Capture projects/slides and one capture mode available for Video Capture projects/slides.


What are the Names of the Different Capture Modes?
The three different capture modes are: Video Capture, Smart Capture, and Manual Capture.

What is Video Capture Mode?
This capture mode allows you to record on screen actions and audio in real time to produce video demos, simulations and assessments. It is only available when creating new Video Capture projects/slides.

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What is Smart Capture Mode?
This capture mode is driven by mouse clicks and key presses. Once the capture session starts, ViewletBuilder will automatically start taking screenshots (based on the selections made in the Capture Profile you are using). Each time a screenshot is taken, you will hear a camera shutter sound (if the On Screen Capture option in the Feedback tab is selected). Smart Capture records a minimum of three screenshots for each capture and will embed them as background frames on a single slide. This mode is only available when creating Screen Capture projects/slides.

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What is Manual Capture Mode?
This capture mode is the legacy or 'old school' approach driven by hotkey clicks (and mouse clicks, if this option is enabled). Once the capture session starts, you use your designated Screen Capture hotkey (and mouse clicks, if applicable) to capture individual screenshots manually. This mode is only available when creating Screen Capture projects/slides.

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Is One Capture Mode Better to Use Than Another?
This will depend on your preferences. If you want to be able to record audio, let's say, for voice narration, DURING a capture session, then you would have to use Video Capture (though if you use Smart Capture or Manual Capture, you can add sound/audio while editing your project inside ViewletBuilder). If you want ViewletBuilder to handle the actual capture of on screen actions, but don't want to use Video Capture mode, then Smart Capture might be your choice. Smart Capture allows you to concentrate on going through the steps you want to illustrate in your video, but editing the project is a bit more work due to multiple background frames on individual slides. If you want to keep it simple or want total control over the recording session, then Manual Capture mode may be for you. You control when a single, static screenshot is taken via a hotkey click. During the on screen capture session, though, you have to make sure each time there is even the slightest change on the screen you click your hotkey to capture it. For Manual Capture projects/slides, the editing process inside ViewletBuilder is a lot easier since you only have to deal with one background frame per slide. The choice is really up to you.

What Qarbon Product is Capture Mode Used in?
The Capture Mode option is used in ViewletBuilder only when creating Screen Capture and/or Video Capture projects/slides.

Learn more about Screen Capture projects (and related capture modes) by viewing the demo in the format of your choice.

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And, if you missed our last post, which focused on creating new Video Capture projects (using Video Capture Mode), click here to check out all the details and to learn more about Video Capture Mode.

Take the time to learn all the options available to you BEFORE you jump into your screen capture sessions. It will be well worth the effort.

Until next time...
Happy Viewleting!


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