Flash Video on Screencast Discussion

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Hello Screencast users!

As many of you have probably heard and experienced, Flash is on its way out completely. Microsoft has provided an easily digestible timeline that all the main desktop browsers are following. Flash video has had limited or no support on mobile browsers, so it hasn’t been a great format for those devices ever. It’s end of life on desktop browsers is a staged approach, but it’s effectively dead in mid-2019 when browsers will require you to enable it deep in their menus.

What does that mean for TechSmith customers?

Flash was a video format for Camtasia in years past and is currently the video output format for Jing. And a good chunk of those videos were shared to and stored on Screencast.com. We investigating what it would take to update Jing to upload and record to MP4 video. MP4 video has been the ubiquitous video format for years. It’s the most widely shared and viewed video format for desktop, laptop, and mobile devices.

So if we are able to make the change in Jing, that will handle all new created videos from Jing. And Camtasia dropped support for Flash video in Camtasia Studio 7, so any videos created since then are likely MP4. But that still potentially leaves you with Flash videos on Screencast that you’ve created in the past. You can see how many SWF and FLV videos (the two types of Flash video) are in your Screencast Library by sorting your videos by File type.



We have some questions for you

So with this information, we wanted to start a conversation with you about whether or not you’d value a Pro feature on Screencast that would give you the ability you to convert your SWF and FLV videos to MP4. Allowing them to be viewed by modern desktop browsers and mobile devices. Or if you the videos you’ve created don’t need to be converted and you’d rather have other improvements to Screencast.com.

Based on our conversations with customers so far, Jing video tends to be more short lived and consumed content. But there are some that create videos with the intention of them being more longer lived.

What do you think?

If you are a Pro customer, is this something you would use?

If you have thought about converting to Pro, is this something that would be enough value to do so?
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Chris Larson, Snagit Technical Product Manager

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There does not seem to be much interest in this, but I use Jing all the time and flash video is becoming a problem --- mobile use is just the most obvious. Soon, there will be no market for the product, sadly. 
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Chris Larson, Snagit Technical Product Manager

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Luckily, we'll be making some changes soon to Jing to have it produce MP4 video. So producing more Flash videos from Jing won't be a problem much longer. :)
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Do you know when this will be available? I'm about to close my account and start using something else since I keep getting emails that people can't see my screencasts.
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Chris Larson, Snagit Technical Product Manager

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No date just yet. Snagit also has image and video capture, easy sharing to Screencast, and a free trial. That might hold you over for a bit. You can use your same Screencast account to log in to Snagit. And if it's not worth it to you after the trial, you could switch back to Jing once it supports MP4.

https://www.techsmith.com/download/snagit/
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PatGilbert

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We would pay for this service.
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PatGilbert

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Can this just happen automatically? 
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Maria Spelleri

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Made a Jing video today and extension is still swf- flash.  I am getting blowback from students about this. 
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Rick Stone

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Perhaps you could save it down and convert to video?

I notice that today, a site named "Giveaway Of The Day" is offering a free Flash to Video converter. I have no clue how well it may work, but it may do what you need.

The trick is that you have to download and install it on the day it is offered. You cannot wait until tomorrow to download and install. You also can't download today, then wait until a later time to install.

https://www.giveawayoftheday.com/thundersoft-flash-to-video-converter-3-1-0-0/

Cheers... Rick :)