The Jing Project is a simplified or lite version of screen capture and screencasting tool from TechSmith, makers of Camtasia Studio and SnagIt. Both Camtasia Studio and SnagIT are my favorite tools for creating screen-captured instructional materials and I wrote about these tools in my blog last December. The Jing Project aims to make screen capturing and screencasting easier by providing these tools in one program. The best part of Jing is free. It is very simple to use and runs on both Windows and Mac machines. Jing allows you to capture video/screencast with good results. Unfortunately, it produces video/screencast in Flash (swf) format only. This may not be a problem for most users since the Flash file is small and is a popular format on the Web.
The concept of Jing is the always-ready program that instantly captures and shares images and video from your computer to anywhere. The Jing Project has a built in sharing function that allows you to upload your files free of charge to Screencast.com, a screencast hosting site owned and run by TechSmith. Once a video is created and uploaded to Screencast, you can get an embed code to put it in your blog or Web page. Jing users can get complimentary Screencast.com accounts with 2 GB of storage and 2 GB of bandwidth per month. You can save images and videos on your own computer. In addition, you can share your content with others by uploading to an FTP server, a network drive, Screencast.com, and Flickr account.
My experience of using Jing has been very positive. The interface is clean and simple. It is very easy to grab screenshots and videos straight from a PC or Mac, and then save them or share them on the Web. I strongly recommend the Jing Project to teachers and students who need to capture screenshots or create screencast. It is hard to beat the Jing Project particularly it is free.
MacApper.com produces a video review on the Jing Project. You can learn more about the Jing Project and see exactly how it works from MacApper.com’s video shown below.