Annotate Jing videos with ZoomIt

I really like Jing. Sure, you could dish out hundreds of dollars for Captivate or Camtasia and get a bit more robust set of features (including the ability to create videos over 5 minutes and post production editing), but in terms of value, it’s hard to beat this free, simple and easy to use piece of software for creating videos of screen captures.

One feature I would like to see in Jing that it currently doesn’t have is the ability annotate content on the screen as I create screenshot videos. Well, this week I came across a free tool called ZoomIt from the Sysinternals group at Microsoft. Here is another handy, free tool that allows you to do simple annotations on the screen, and also allows you to zoom in. Put Jing and ZoomIt together and you’ve got a handy screen video capture that allows you to annotate videos. Here’s a quick example of what you can do with Jing and ZoomIt.

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Clint Lalonde

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9 thoughts on “Annotate Jing videos with ZoomIt

  1. Thanks for the great post, but I still need a feature to blur certain login area in my presentation so that I could hide personal login information!
    without this feature making screencasts is a real pain, so if you have anything that I could make use from I would be very grateful.

  2. or… you can just have a notepad running and toggle back and forth between the windows to write a message. Thats what we do and it works great.

  3. Dear Clint…once more you provided an excellent link to an excellent product….I can use that tool in my teachings no problem. I have many ideas, my students will LOVE it because it will be very useful to THEM and not only to me! Thanks again!

  4. Is Screencast free? When I looked at it it I thought it was strictly a subscription service? Hmm, might have to take a closer look. If there is a free option then that would be the way to go.

  5. That’s very handy! Thanks for the tip, Clint. Jing has annotations for their “still” captures, but not for video, so it’s great to add that functionality. And yes, I wish YouTube took .swf files. You can upload to for free, but I don’t know if there’s some limit to the number or whether it will flip over to paid at some future time.

  6. I agree. Another file format would be great. What would be even better is if sharing services like and YouTube would support swf files, which is the business model I think TechSmith, the makers of Jing, is trying to exploit with Jing. They make it easy to upload your screen captures to, their (paid) hosting service that does support .swf files.

  7. Zoomit: cool tool. Thanks. Jing also needs the ability to save as something other than .swf. That would also make a great difference.

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