Jing for screen capture

At the Revved Up For Reference conference last week we heard a variety of presentations about free or low-cost software that can be used for reference and training. One of these is Jing. For those of you who don’t know what Jing is, see the web site at:


Jing is an image and video capture program that is free to use and includes 2GB of online storage for your images and videos (through Screencasting.com). More storage is available for a fee.

I downloaded Jing about 10 minutes ago and have already used it to capture both images and video on my computer. You can choose to save your files to a location on your computer or network, have the image or video posted online at Screencast.com, or even FTP to a server. Jing will only record 5 minutes of video at a time, so for longer videos, you could record your screen in 5 minute increments.

Jing can be useful in both your personal and professional life. At work, you may want to use Jing to: record a short navigation video for your library’s web site, record a how-to video for a patron who needs help searching databases, or even record a short software tutorial for often-used programs to share with your colleagues. At home you may want to use Screencast.com to upload images and videos to share with friends and family.

For myself, I am excited that I can use Jing on my computer at work. We do have one license for another screen capture software, but it is not on my computer, which makes it more inconvenient when I want to use the program. With Jing, I can sit right at my desk and create recordings.

As I said, I only downloaded Jing a few minutes ago, so I don’t know the full capabilities of the software or any limitations that it might have. However, Jing is worth a look. It’s free to download, very fast, and so far has been easy to use.

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