Not known to many Expression Studio (Product suite by Microsoft for Designers and Developers) has Expression Encoder 3, a video editing and production as one of its products.
We don’t have many solutions by leading vendors for screen recording and editing but Expression Encoder comes with a tool called “Expression Encoder, Screen Capture” which allows you record and capture what ever is going on your screen and later its output can be opened up in Expression Encoder 3 and the Video can be further edited, encoded and can be produced out in variety of formats.
So this is a good alternative to Camtasia and usually Students and Developers have an easy access to Microsoft products through its various Programs and Initiatives like DreamSpark, MSDN-AA and Partnership Agreements etc and etc.
So start making and sharing your demos, tutorials and other videos through Encoder, Screen Capture tool from Microsoft.
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Visio & others are a great tools but don’t actually target Prototyping and then i came to know that if i was suppose to build some phase1 (RE) diagrams it was perfect, but since i had to show prototypes which are suppose to be the simulation of actual software and need to give a look & feel of reality and have to be interactive and user should be able to provide their feedback on them.
Sketchflow allowed me to do the following:
Developing a site map which cleared the site flow
UI Screens using, actual controls and drawing tools
Programming & Scripting the controls & screens
Interconnecting those screens
Developing component screens, to be called on other screens
Running the output in a test player (browser)
Getting the end user ink feedback on my screens and saving that feedback and sharing internally
Automatically generated the document of my prototype project