Jing Goes Pro and Animoto On the Go

Today, I received two updates in my inbox. The first came from Animoto. The second was from TechSmith.


Animoto has updated it’s great service by adding two important features (well, one is important to me; the other is only important to those with iPhones). First, they’ve added what they call “Image Pacing“. Basically, now you can choose how quickly or slowly your images transition to each other in a full-length video. The other update from Animoto is that they’ve released an iPhone app, allowing iPhone users to create Animoto shows on the go. This is what Animoto had to say about it:

“Just snap photos and use the app to turn them into vids right there on your phone.”


TechSmith also unveiled Jing Pro. Jing is the free desktop capture application from TechSmith. Jing Pro is available for about $15/year (who knows why they went with the annual pricing structure rather than a simple one-time licensing fee), and allows you to record higher-quality, more compressed video. It also allows you to publish videos directly to YouTube.

Of course, as with any self-respecting licensing fee, when you upgrade to Pro, you can de-brand all of the videos you produce with Jing (remove all of the Jing logos and watermarks from your videos).

Screencast Goes Out of Beta

I received an announcement from the team at screencast.com in my e-mail the other day. Screencast is now officially moving out of beta and into version 1.0.

For those of you that are not familiar with screencast, it is a file organizing and sharing site for online videos. The Web site is owned by TechSmith, the company behind Camtasia Studio, Jing and many other multimedia applications.

With an account at screencast, you can easily save your videos and upload them directly from your desktop. Once the file has been uploaded, you can share it across the Web.