Editor's Note: This review has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it no longer ranks as a top 10 product. The original review is below, but check out our current top 10 about screen capture software here.
Debut Video Capture Software Pro does what its name suggests. It captures video, which is to say it records it from your computer screen, a webcam or external devices. We tested this screen capture software by recording video from our computer screen, and tried the editing features and functions.
Debut offers quality capture and editing features. Its interface mirrors your computer screen in real time, and you can watch videos as they record. The capture triangle function lets you draw a triangle around just a portion of your screen. This is good for capturing only the video screen and nothing extra from the web browser or from your desktop. For example, if you want to record a video from YouTube, you can draw the rectangle just around the video portion on the window.
Debut Video Capture Software Pro lets you enable hotkeys for commands such as Stop, Zoom and Snapshot, and you can schedule times to automatically record videos. At the bottom of the interface is a large control panel with three simple buttons with icons representing record, play and stop. It's easy to record and playback videos. There's also a snapshot button, to take still screenshots.
You can adjust colors and apply effects to videos before you record them. You can change the brightness and contrast as well as apply filters to turn videos to black and white, negative or sepia. This software lets you flip videos horizontally or vertically. Debut records videos in several formats including AVI, WMV, FLV, MPG, 3GP, MP4, MOV and more. It stores videos, which can then be accessed through the Recordings button at the top of the Debut interface.
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This software lacks some of the features of other products in our ranking, such as screenshot editing options and the ability to capture in varied shapes, but that's because it's designed to record video. A few other products in the ranking record video, but all are designed as screenshot software.
Debut Video Capture Software Pro does a good job of recording videos and letting you alter color and contrast and add standard effects such as sepia and black and white. Its interface is clean, intuitive and easy to use. Capturing sound with streaming videos requires a workaround with an inexpensive cable, but Debut is a good choice if you're looking for a fluid way to record and enhance video.