How long will screencast be available?

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How low will screencast be visual? We want to use it as a documentation tool. So the content should be avaible 'forever' but at least 5 years. 
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f.mutsaers

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Paul Middlin, Employee

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This is the applicable bit of our current Terms of Service:
TechSmith provides online storage of content to its members. If, however, for a period of 12 months: (a) your free account has not been logged into (“an Inactive Account”) or (b) content associated with your free account has not been viewed or accessed (“Inactive Content") , TechSmith may, at its option, reclaim and terminate access to the free Inactive Account altogether (including deletion of any account information held by TechSmith and the deletion of any Inactive Content associated with the same); or delete any Inactive Content from the Service. By way of clarity, the preceding Inactive Account and Inactive Content provisions shall not apply to Pro (paid) accounts. TechSmith may change this policy at any time, upon reasonable notice to you.
Bottom line: on free accounts, if nobody views the content for a year, it will be deleted.
On paid (pro) accounts, it will be viewable forever.

Full terms here:
http://www.screencast.com/tos.aspx
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Paul Middlin, Employee

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We noticed that you posted this in the Jing forums, so there is something else you should know-
While Screencast would host this content for a long time (for Pro users or regularly viewed content), you will not want to use Jing to make your content. Jing's video format (SWF) is dying and will not be playable 5 years from now. Instead, I suggest you use Snagit or Camtasia to make this content. Both have free trials you could use to try them out.
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Thanks for the feedback! All clear! Just two questions:

1) We used Jing for the last year for documentation of video content. Can we download the video content made in Jing? In that way we do not lose our history of the last year. 

2) What is the difference between Snagit or Camtasia? If we use the Pro Account will video content be forever visible and reachable? Which program do you advise and why (what are the benefits)? 

Thanks!

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Paul Middlin, Employee

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In answer to your question about downloading content: yes, you can download these videos, if you decide not to use Screencast Pro. But, they will still cease to be useful, because browsers will stop playing SWF videos over the next year or so.
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Hi,

I think you will find this post helpful:
https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/camtasia_vs_snag_it

Overall, a simple answer is Snagit is most like Jing. Only you have more screenshot choices, image editing features, and various documentation features and outputs. There are no editing features for video but the quality of the video is very good. 
Camtasia is our Video recording and editing tool that let's you make more professional, edited, videos. 
You can also go to our website to learn more about Snagit and Camtasia. www.techsmith.com
Kelly