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Giveaway of the day — FileStream Take-1 Recorder

FileStream Take-1 Recorder is all-in-one screen capture, video recorder and mark up tool.
$49.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 353 (45%) 426 (55%) 44 comments

FileStream Take-1 Recorder was available as a giveaway on April 16, 2013!

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FileStream Take-1 Recorder lets you easily create tutorials and How-To videos or capture anything that you see (and hear) from your screen with one click. Take-1 Recorder lets you capture an entire Webpage and save it as an image. Take-1 captures the full page, on screen and off screen. Take-1 also lets you capture windows by captions - including those hidden or partially visible, from your screen with one click. It comes with built-in on-screen markup tools.

Top features:

  • Video Recording. With Take-1 Recorder, you can record how to use buttons, menus, icons, or any parts of your screen to illustrate the steps in the tutorial that you want the users to follow. You have the options to include sound from microphone, speakers, or both.
  • Image Capture. Take-1 Recorder supports single and dual monitors with ability to capture extended screen. The precision-engineered screen capture is designed to take snapshots of any portion of the computer screen visible or not visible.
  • Screen Markup Tools. With the ScreenDraw Tool, you can draw all kinds of lines, arrows, frames, highlights, circles, add markings, or write text on the screen to emphasize or clarify the text or diagrams to make your interpretation or demonstration clearer.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8

Publisher:

FileStream

Homepage:

http://www.filestream.com/take1recorder/

File Size:

14 MB

Price:

$49.95

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Downloaded and installed this yesterday, and tried it out today. Unfortunately the program I was trying to record doesn't work properly while the Take-1 Recorder is recording.

I was trying to drag an image from one tab to another in GIMP - works fine normally, but not while the software is recording.

I just tried MS Expression Encoder screen recorder, and that also has the same problem as Take-1 Recorder. So while it is a problem, it seems it is one that other screen recording software has as well.

Reply   |   Comment by Dave  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Ugg, sound capture is to raw uncompressed PCM inside the AVI! That means with the right video codec the audio stream will be larger than the video stream in the AVI file!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Did not bother with the registration process and fished the keys out of the installer 5000 of em stored in there! I was hopefull that this would do as it says but it does not.

It states clearly:
"•Video Recording. With Take-1 Recorder, you can record how to use buttons, menus, icons, or any parts of your screen to illustrate the steps in the tutorial that you want the users to follow. You have the options to include sound from microphone, speakers, or both."

It distinctly states you have the option to include sound from microphone, speakers, or both
Well the version I downloaded from here and just installed without error only offers me the default windows sound recording tab on the standard sound device selection applet indicating that the program will only use whatever is selected as the default recording device, therefore it won't record the output to the speakers UNLESS you have a stereo-mixer or wav-out input pin on your default output device, and many modern computers do not have such a device. ALSO by limiting one to the default record device one cannot select both microphone AND speakers/stereo-mixer inputs at the same time as windows won't do that! Only way that could be possible is if the sound chip allowed the microphone input to be echo'd through to the speakers via a stereo-mixer input pin. Again that facility is NOT provided by the program but might be available in some hardware and driver configurations but it's NOT a nice way to record demos for youtube to have to balance the sound levels to avoid feedback because you have to have microphone looped back through speakers.

They should (seeing as it is a comercial product) have got to grips with windows HD Audio subsystem and offered the record source selection within the program and offered all the input and output pins as recording sources in any and all possible combinations, like Audio Record Wizard given away several months ago did/does. There is also a (primarily) games video and sound capture program that was given away several months ago too that offered the same plus allowed recording different devices into different sound tracks or downmixing them into a common stereo track...

So in my opinion regardless of look or feel or any bells and whistles this needs to be brought up to date and cease relying on MCI to capture sound!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

This is quite late in the day, but my comments should still be helpful after the Giveaway period.

The easiest registration was achieved by following the instruction in comment #3. Thanks dadams !

I have absolutely no issue with the GUI (interface). It is clean, easy to read and straight-forward. There are a number of options available, mainly for control over quality, but also where to save your work. There is a full roster of fonts and font-sizes for use in comments/titles/etc. Lots of room for creating a nice output and lots of capability to grow into.

However detailed the options may get, they never get in the way, and I must say that my learning curve took about 45 seconds ... it's that comfortable. What's more, the output is very good indeed ... very impressive.

As you can tell, I do like this software tool and it will be very valuable to me. So far, it is the easiest tool of its kind to use IMHO. So a thumbs up from me and a big thank you to Filestream and GOTD for the opportunity to test and use this.

Reply   |   Comment by Paul  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Softwaare giveaway should not accept participation by developers like these who make registration near impossible (you cannot even paste in but must enter manually each letter or digit of the password aquired with such difficulty.)

This looks very much like a developer seeking maximum exposure while giving away the least possible actual programs (keys-passwords) In the future give these the boot !

Reply   |   Comment by Brian loring  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I started the download about 1pm and still don't have an email with password at 10:45 pm. Very odd.

Reply   |   Comment by mimi  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

HELP!! I downloaded, got the key in about 5 minutes, installed all with no problem. However when I tried to run the program (several times) I get the same error

"the instruction at "0x005a662c" referenced memory at "0x00000011". The memory could not be "written"."

I tried rebooting the computer, download the program and reinstalled again, didn't change anything. I'm running Win XP.

Any suggestions from anyone?

Reply   |   Comment by Gerry  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Screen capture? Ashampoo Snap5 is free (other software too).

https://www.ashampoo.com/en/usd/lpa/gift

You need to register to get your code/key, so use an e-mail address that you don't mind getting a lot of offers on.
The $8 upgrade offer to Snap6 is not bad.

Reply   |   Comment by goo  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

There is a 7,200 second or 12 minute limit on what can be recorded.
I am uninstalling this program. No good to me.
'Nuff said.

Reply   |   Comment by Bubba  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

I downloaded and installed today's giveaway fairly early this morning, first sent the blank email to request a password at 8:15 a m but got no response. At 9:45 a.m. I sent another. It is now 7:24 p.m. and still no password. Can you help?

Reply   |   Comment by Peggy Landreth  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Okay, I'm no technical eggspurt or reviewer, but after pulling out many strands of hair over the past couple years trying to figure out why SnagIt and Camtasia just wouldn't reliably record the screen (not to mention they're a complicated pain to use), all I can say is the reg info arrived instantly as promised and I got Filestream/Take-1 Recorder to work right out of the box so I'm happy as a clam in unpolluted water! It captured my impromptu tutorial, my voice and a bouncy ball cursor. I am going to have a lot of fun with this. Thanks GOTD and Filestream!

Reply   |   Comment by GreeneyedNewbieNovice  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Installed and registered on my Toshiba laptop running XP Home Edition, but there is one problem though: it will not launch. I get a following warning:
“The instruction at “ox005a662c” referenced memory at “0x00000011”. The memory could not be written.
I am an older fellow, and I do not have the slightest idea what these warnings mean. Could someone lend me a helpful hand and tell me how I can solve this issue. I would very much like to use this giveaway.

Thank you in advance for your help.

Bob.

Reply   |   Comment by im  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#23, #28 and everybody:
No need to do the registration (give your name, mail adress or other...) like it's asked by Filestream.
During the installation, you just have to copy/paste the following licence key : GMBG-GSCW-2EYM-UEAK-GQ9Q. Only this, more simple is impossible! It's works fine.

Reply   |   Comment by jipy  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I visited filestream website hoping to see some examples of video clips achieved with the program. There is none ! Seems odd that they don't use their own product to market it.

Reply   |   Comment by Bapegual  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

My previous comment @ #17 was for my installation on Windows XP. Just installed in on Windows 7 (64) and my comments are the same as I posted in comment #17.

Reply   |   Comment by aswegohomestead  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Installed OK. Took some screenshots OK. But I could not make the Webpage Capture work--which is what I wanted it for. Uninstall.

Reply   |   Comment by Tom  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Downloaded and started the install process. No email with the password received. I guess I don't get to check this out.

Reply   |   Comment by Dave  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

If you use FireFox I recommend using FireShot and Awesome Screenshot.

Reply   |   Comment by KK  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I don't want to kiss my wallet goodbye! Ever! GOT IT?!

Reply   |   Comment by Alexander the Grape  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-22)

Downloaded and registered on the page, only thing required is the email, guessing they store that on your database so when yous end the email to get the key it sees that your email is registered. Send the email from your mail and with nothing but the 'to' filled in, everything else blank. I got my key instantly. I have not yet installed yet or tried, the process was pretty straight forward.

Reply   |   Comment by eripey  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

#14 -- If I may be so presumptuous as to speak for our good friend Giovanni: I think he means "kiss your wallet goodbye" because you won't need it with the freebee's he recommends. ;)

His english is good, but I don't believe it's his first language.

Regardless, his reccomendations are usually spot on!

thanks as always to Giovanni (Crazy Super KING of FREEBIES)

Chuck

Reply   |   Comment by Chuck  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)

Downloaded earlier this morning but still no email received :(

Reply   |   Comment by Lorie S  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

I got this. it was fast and easy. it took me a moment to realize that i needed to send them a blank e mail to get the password after i gave them my email address. all i filled in was my name and my e mail.

It works rather well. Not too bad.
I did make a video to test it ( warning language) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaV6XvxjuIw&feature=youtu.be

To be honest i would not pay that much for it.. however it is not that bad for free XD

Reply   |   Comment by jezdamayel  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Not bad , works slow even on my quad core system , A usable app but not as good as Farstone Capture , Snagit or PicPick . Needs work on interface . Would recommend it as long as it is free . :-)

Reply   |   Comment by James Nell  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

To you all..

To capture the whole/complete website, just use Firefox addon Screengrab (fix version) - assumed you use Firefox to browse the internet. :)

Reply   |   Comment by rudinshah  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

Downloaded and installed but when registration started asking for more than just an email address I uninstalled it. Why should give a ways need such information the chances are that everyone receives the same registration code anyway.

Can't and won't comment of the software as I never tried it out - Simplify the registration process, include the serial nos. etc. in the readme filesa .... Simples!

Reply   |   Comment by Lenny  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)

Basically for those who are waiting for their emails, the email cannot have anything in it, no subject, no message, if i sent one with a subject, no email was received, but when i sent a completely blank one, the email was instantly received. First i thought perhaps it might need a subject, but i was mistaken on that.

Reply   |   Comment by insanity414all  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)

Thanks to comment #3 for the registration tips! Followed your advice and registration fast and immediately received registration code. Did a very quick test of both picture capture and movie capture of the take1 recorder screen with me moving the cursor around, pulling down menues and such. Worked just fine. Thanks GAOTD and Take!.

Reply   |   Comment by aswegohomestead  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Lynn,
Over the years, I have saved 'millions' of web pages.
Often I see others desiring the ability to save an entire web page as an image. Even if I found an easy reliable way to do that, I would still save them the way that I always have (not as an image).
If you have IE, it has the ability to save a web page into one single file, with an extension of .mht
FireFox now has that ability.
Double click a .mht file and it will open up in your default browser.

Reply   |   Comment by Rob  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

Like Lynn #12 "Special Capture" does not work. This would be a great program if it did. As it is it's worthless. Two thumbs down.

Reply   |   Comment by diehard  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

#11 - "kissing your wallet goodbye" when using www.screenr.com? Either you think the phrase means something other than what it really *does* mean or they stole you money.

Explain please

Reply   |   Comment by V  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-19)

Installed and registered OK, although there's nothing that says it is registered that I can see. It seems competent enough, but it seems you will lose it if you need to reinstall Windows, so while I am grateful for the chance of the program, I'll stick with Ashampoo's offering which I can reinstall.

Reply   |   Comment by banditrider  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-14)

I downloaded this mostly for the function that captures an entire webpage as an image. Unfortunately that one thing doesn't want to work for me. :(

I opened the help page and followed the instructions but the "Special Capture" dropdown choices will not select and the window to enter the URL for the webpage to be captured does not come up. Not for me anyway.

Everything else seems to work fine but I really wanted to be able to capture a webpage as an image - that one thing would save me a lot of time piecing several screenshots together.

The software itself looks very nice. Now if I could just figure out how to get the webpage capture to work it would be perfect! Any suggestions would be very much appreciated. :)

Thank you!

Lynn

Reply   |   Comment by Lynn  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)

Well, if you need a tool to create tutorials, e-learning courses and How-To videos, this GAOTD does this job pretty well: can capture windows by hidden or partially visible captions, with built-in on-screen markup tools designed to add text, lines, arrows, frames, highlights and even circles over an object of your tutorials, so as to make them more appealing, clearer and easier to understand for your audience.

It's also able to add WATERMARKS over images in real time, applying different transparencies for it, as well as record what you see & hear from YouTube, Skype (chats, video conferences etc...), Webinars, WebCam chats etc... saving the output as an AVI file.

So overall, for what it does, I give it a THUMBS UP and highly recommend it to all of you (after all updates should not be necessary in the short-medium terms), even though an easier GUI would have been a better option for the average Joe users out there.

50 BUCKS?? Come on...you are too expensive dudes, especially when a crazy man like me is wandering around the web and in this forum....LOL!!

BEST (and easier to use) FREE ALTERNATIVES (Dadams?? Hello?? Yes, you are wrong...LOL!!)

* (Portable) WINK (==> Softpedia Editor Pick)
http://www.debugmode.com/wink
http://www.portablefreeware.com/index.php?id=981

* Active Presenter
http://atomisystems.com/activepresenter/free-edition

* Portable CamStudio
http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTABLE-SOFTWARE/Multimedia/Video/Windows-Portable-Applications-CamStudio-Portable.shtml

Then GOOGLE these apps (cannot post any other link due to damn filters):

* (Portable) Easy Screencast Recorder + (Portable) Screenshot Captor + FlipSuite
* ScreenTwin (Can create online and offline video lessons and tutorials and then broadcast them on any other PCs having network access)
* SSS Screen Video Maker
Brilliant and very powerful brand-new multiplatform Java-based FREE app designed to create professional video tutorials with ease.
It can record both the movements of your mouse cursor and every action taking place in a certain area of your screen, as well as hide the mouse cursor, highlight it or even replace it with a more visible one, should it be very important for your presentation.
With this magic FREE tool users can record videos, with sounds captured from their microphone, with the additional ability to add a caption message (ADS, domain or company name etc..) while recording their videos.
* Ezvid
* BB FlashBack Express
* SMRecorder

But if you love creating great screencasts to share everywhere (Facebook, twitter, iPhones etc...) without installing anything in your PC, then look no further and use this excellent FREE WEB BASED screen recorder app kissing your wallet goodbye:

http://www.screenr.com

Enjoy!!

Reply   |   Comment by Giovanni (Crazy Super KING of FREEBIES)  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+164)

You don't need to put in all your information in the registration list.. just email. they will send you a password when you send them an empty email. It was sent instantly to mine, so if you don't get it right away I would try it again. I have not been able to video capture yet. I try it and when it opens the folder that is supposed to contain the video, it is empty.

Reply   |   Comment by kefin  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

OK. Received key in mail 20 minutes later. Don't have time to fully test this now, but be aware of one thing: even though you "close" the program, it still keeps "take1rec.exe" running silently in the background. You'll see it in Windows Task manager.

Reply   |   Comment by CJCotter  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+26)

Yeah, like dadams, i've got the key real fast too! the app installed smooyhly on win7-64. hav not tested it yet. anyway, thanks gotd and filestream!

Reply   |   Comment by billd  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-30)

I installed this on my computer( win 7 64bit) in my administrator account.after install & registering
I tried the program using the shorcuts in start menu but they didn't work so i switched over to the user account
& tried shortcuts there & they worked.
latter I switched back to administrator account & tried shortcuts again they still don't work.
then I searched program files(86) for filestream folder & looked for take1rec.exe ,then I right clicked on it
& ran as ADMINISTRATOR the program opened I closed it & tried the shortcuts & they were now working.

Reply   |   Comment by ty friend  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)

I'm still waiting for the e-mail.

Reply   |   Comment by Jorge  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+25)

To all: Just because dadams said "my key appeared instantly..." into his email box, doesn't mean that it will happen to you. I'm still waiting for mine.

Reply   |   Comment by CJCotter  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+33)

Simplify registration process. Why do you collect phone number and adresses?

Reply   |   Comment by labeo7  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+59)

This one has a rather unusual registration process. you are asked to visit this link...

http://www.filestream.com/register/take-1-gotd-register.php

You enter your name and email address. It also asks you for your mailing address but I left this blank and the process completed without a problem. Make sure you enter "Take-1 Recorder GOTD" as the Product Name.

You are not done yet. Now you must send a blank email to the following address...

ppss@filestream.com

When I did, my key appeared instantly into my Hotmail inbox.

So how does this one work? Well I did not try all of the features but I tried the screen capture and that worked pretty well. I am sure you can find alternatives both free and paid for each element of this program. I may be wrong but I don't believe there are many alternative that can combine all of the components of this program. For that reason, this will be a keeper for me. Thank you to the GOTD team and to FileStream.

Reply   |   Comment by dadams  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+88)

I have not tried this giveaway but I see no reason to get this, it cant do anything special. I suggest everyone read two articles by our good friend Ashraf for great freeware programs that do everything this giveaway does

http://dottech.org/91103/windows-best-free-screen-recording-program-aka-best-free-video-capture-program/


http://dottech.org/92975/windows-best-free-screenshot-tool-review/

Reply   |   Comment by Ash fan  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-87)

Does anyone know if this program can be used to record power point presentations that you make? Or can it only record single images?

Reply   |   Comment by Mark  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-60)
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