Communication in the online world is rapidly moving from text based content to more interactive content such as screencasts and videos. However, most video recording software tools are either too pricey or offer limited features in the free version. TinyTake is a Windows utility that lets you capture cool screenshots or videos for up to 120 minutes (if you fulfill certain conditions), annotate and share them with others. In this week’s app review, we take a look at the free screen capture and video recording tool TinyTake.
TinyTake Screen and Video Capture Tool Review
TinyTake is the brainchild of MangoApps, a unified collaboration company serving over 7500 companies globally on its corporate Intranet platform. TinyTake works on Windows 7 and Windows 8 devices and requires at least 4GB RAM to get started. TinyTake is free to download, but you must create an account with your email address, password, and custom domain URL if you want to get use it.
You will receive your login details via email and once you input the data, you will be asked to set up your own password. Once that’s out of the way, you can get to the My TinyTakes Uploads dashboard where you can start recording your screen and video captures.
Taking Screen Captures with TinyTake
To start a screen capture, you first need to make sure you are on the Images tab (at the top left of the window). To select a capture area, click the drop-down button at the far right of the window and select an option. When your cursor turns into a cross hair icon, just click to capture.
TinyTake also has a simple image editor that allows you to add annotations and other effects to your screenshots before saving or sharing them.
Since TinyTake is cloud based, all your shared screenshots are automatically stored and organized in the cloud for you.
Taking Video Captures with TinyTake
To record a video capture via TinyTake, you need to select the Video Icon tab and then select a video capture option from the drop-down menu on the left of the screen. You must then click and drag on the screen to select the video capture area and hit the Start button to begin recording.
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By default, you can record a narration along with the video. Once its done, you can click the Preview link and share it locally or upload it to YouTube directly. All video recordings have a 5 minute limit, but you can extend it all the way up to 2 hours by getting your friends and social followers to sign up.
The Settings section shows you all account related information such as storage space available, the maximum recording time available, YouTube upload settings, hot key settings, proxy settings and default download location options.
Apart from using TinyTake to capture screenshots and do video recordings, you can also bulk upload files and folders for sharing with others. Here’s a quick look at TinyTake’s key features.
FEATURES OF TINYTAKE FOR WINDOWS
TinyTake allows you to:
- Record a video of your screen
- Record a video using your web cam
- Capture screenshots of a specific region, a window or an entire screen
- Capture photos using your webcam
- Annotate images
- Save images locally or in the cloud
- Share images with others
- Assign custom shortcut keys
- Work with proxy server settings
While TinyTake offers a clean installation option, I found that it was difficult to do a normal uninstall. The only way I could get it uninstalled was using the utility Should I remove It which completed the removal in a flash. You can learn more about the cool tool here.
TinyTake has plenty of great features and it is definitely one of the better free tools I have seen for capturing screenshots and doing video captures. There are no purchase options though, which means you must get people to sign up if you want more storage or video capture times.
If you need a great free tool to grab screenshots that you want to annotate and share with others, or take quick 5 minute video captures on your desktop, be sure to try TinyTake. Its easy to use interface and wholesome features makes it a great tool to have in your toolbox.
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