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Debut Video Capture Pro review

Debut Video Capture Pro is a solid, stable, useful screen recorder program, but it's missing important features.

Debut Video Capture Pro review
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Our Verdict

Debut Video Capture Pro is a solid choice for screen recording. It's easy, functional and stable; great for both the novice and veteran user.


  • Easy to use, but feature-packed
  • Available on PC and Mac


  • Needs separate editing software for videos

Debut Video Capture Pro is easy to use and offers nearly every recording tool you could need to capture footage – even some tools not found in any of the other applications we've reviewed. However, Debut Video Capture Pro lands in the middle of our overall guide to the best video capture software because it lacks an integrated video editing module. One big bonus, however, is that you download a free version if you're planning to use it for non-commercial purposes. Excellent.

There are several ways you can capture video using this streaming video recorder: You can record your desktop or screen, including PowerPoint presentations or steaming internet content like Hulu and YouTube. You can also record footage from a webcam, a network IP camera or even another video-input device like a DVD or Blu-ray player. Please be aware of violating copyrights in these instances, and do not republish copyrighted material without appropriate permission or credit.

Besides recording video, it's easy to record the audio you want. You can select a microphone as the audio input to provide narration to your video, speakers to record whatever audio is streaming on your computer and mouse clicks to accentuate your clicks. You can change these easily from the main screen of the application.

In addition to the desktop video-capture and recording options, Debut offers scheduled recording, something that even some of the other top capture applications don't typically offer. Scheduled recording is easy to access and use; it's located on the main page of the interface. With this feature, you can name the recording and choose the video source, audio source, date, and the start and end time. We are thrilled with how easy it is to use this feature.

Debut Video Capture Pro review

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Debut Video Capture Pro offers a simple interface that makes navigating the application easy – even for those who've never used the program before. The toolbar has a number of options: device, network, screen, schedule, recordings, options and help. Everything is clearly labeled so you can locate tools and features quickly. Even if you've never used video capture software before, you can learn how to use this program with few to no problems.

Additionally, the program offers programmable hotkeys. Hotkeys are simple keystroke shortcuts that, among other tasks, start and stop recordings, record a portion of your screen, encode, and change the edit output and file format. You can also use hotkeys to add or change text captions, color settings, and watermarks. They make the program even easier to use.

The reason Debut Video Capture Pro doesn't top our lineup is that it doesn't have editing features. You can still edit your recordings by downloading Debut's sister program, VideoPad, for free. You can do this right from Debut's interface – it's very easy to download, and you can use it to edit and enhance your project. However, it's still an extra step, and because it's technically a separate application, we can't – and didn't – credit VideoPad's editing features to Debut on our matrix. If you're looking for exceptional editing tools, take a look at the Movavi Screen Capture software.

Debut Video Capture Pro review

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In terms of quality, the finished video created by Debut was very good, but not the best. Our video experts scanned the video created with Debut and noted minor problems with pixelation and jumpiness in parts of the video. And while it's not as smooth and clear as the video produced from the award winners, it comes close.

NCH Software has a reputation for making good, easy-to-use software, and Debut Video Capture is no different. It has the important capture tools and capabilities we look for in the best video recording software. While it lacks integrated editing tools, you can download a free video editor to use. The end results were among the best we saw in our reviews, making it well worth considering.