If you’d like to be able to whip up short videos and post them online but don’t quite know where to start, Blueberry’s BB FlashBack Express might be the tool for you. It records your screen activity, with sound, and posts finished videos to YouTube and other sites. BB FlashBack Express lets you create instructional videos that record every onscreen step, or narrate a slideshow or series of clips to create your own documentaries and short films. It’s designed to be as easy to use as possible without sacrificing the capabilities you’re looking for. It’s a “best-of” version of Blueberry’s FlashBack Standard and Pro tools, offering basic but most-needed features such as recording screen and Webcam images and computer and microphone sounds and saving flies in AVI or FLV format. BB FlashBack Express is freeware that comes with a 30-day evaluation period and free registration. That’s a bit different, but it lets you try the tool without sharing info. until you’re ready, so we approve.
FlashBack screen recorder captures any part of your PC screen and turns it into a video file. Draw on your screen, add notes and images.
Draw on your screen, add notes and images and easily edit your movie to make it look professional. Easily share movies with friends and colleagues.
Export your movie in any major video format, or upload straight to YouTube or Flash Back Connect.
BB FlashBack Express installed two icons on our desktop; one for BB Flashback Express Player and another for BB FlashBack Express Recorder, a simplified tool for quick recording. The Recorder is fully integrated with the Player but can run simultaneously or separately, as we learned when we opened both. FlashBack Express opened with a browser-style user interface with reassuring toolbar entries like Upload to YouTube and Export, but better still was the Welcome screen with large buttons labeled “Record your screen” and “Open a recordings,” opposite a series of Getting Started tutorials and a link to the program’s Help Manual. The FlashBack Express Recorder is the tool that lets you quickly decide which region of your screen to record and whether to record sound or Webcam activity.
This is where BB Flashback Express loses a few points. The screen recording functionality is excellent, but the player seems limited in its scope. Although it looks like a video editor, you can’t actually perform edits like cropping or deleting parts of the video. Purely as a screen capture app though, BB Flashback Express is a great piece of software.
FlashBack Express has full Media Player style playback controls and gives total control over exported sound and video quality. Because FlashBack Express records only screen changes, it is possible to make fantastic quality movies, but at a tiny file size. This allows users to record the full screen at high frame rates for smooth, professional-looking results. Thumbnail navigation makes working with larger movies no problem.
But new users could do a lot worse than simply clicking the Record button and letting the program’s wizards tell you what to do (that’s a wizard’s job, after all). Our quick test video proved the point: Many free screen recorders are more basic than BB FlashBack Express, but very few are so easy to use yet so capable.
FlashBack Express is a FREE screen recording application for creating compact, high quality AVI and Flash movies with sound. FlashBack Express is perfect for producing web-based movies for Web communities like YouTube. With this in mind, the program includes one-click uploading of movies to YouTube, Blip.tv and Revver, the ability to record and play webcam footage as picture-in-picture video, and a Vista capture driver that enables high performance recording in Windows.