While searching for screencasting tools for a colleague, I stumbled across Capture Fox, a free, Windows-only (s msft) screen recording add-on for Firefox. It’s basic — it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of more advanced tools like Camtasia or even Jing, for example — but if you’re just looking for something to quickly capture a video of your screen with a voiceover, perhaps to demo a web site feature to a client, or to make a tutorial to show a colleague how something works, it’s worth checking out.
After installing the add-on (available from the Mozilla Add-Ons site) and restarting Firefox, you can start recording your screen via Tools -> Capture Fox, hitting Ctrl + Shift + U, or clicking the Capture Fox status bar button. An options screen pops up, which lets you select whether or not to record sound, the region of the screen that will be recorded (the whole screen or just the Firefox window), the framerate to use and the quality of the video, and where the movie will be saved. Click “Start Capturing!” to start recording.
A little timer in the status bar lets you know how long you’ve been recording for. To stop recording, you can either click the button in the status bar, or hit Ctrl + Shift + U. Capture Fox then pops up another dialog box, letting you review the video, save it elsewhere, or abandon it and start another recording:
That’s just about all there is to it. If you want to add fancy stuff like titles, transitions or effects, you’ll need to do it in a separate video editing app. It’s worth noting, however, that Capture Fox is more than just a browser recording tool; it can record stuff on your screen that’s not in the Firefox window — there’s even an option to minimize Firefox before recording if you want to capture something else.
Unfortunately, Capture Fox is only available for Windows currently, although the FAQ page on Capture Fox site says that the developer will get around to adding Mac and Linux support after stabilizing the Windows version.
Let us know what you think of Capture Fox below.