Video Capture Software Updated

Ben Software has released an update to BTV, bringing the video capture software to version 5.1. The update includes a host of new features and other enhancements. From Ben Software:

Announcing BTV 5.1, an update to the popular shareware video display and capture software for the Macintosh, written by Ben Bird.

BTV costs $20, but can be downloaded and used free of charge for an evaluation period before purchasing.

BTV is an application for the Macintosh that allows you to easily view and capture video from any video input source. It works with any Macintosh compatible video input source such as video input cards, TV cards, built-in video, USB, and FireWire video sources.

Main features:

  • Works with any Macintosh compatible video input source
  • View live video in a window or full-screen
  • Capture video to disk as a standard QuickTime movie using custom compression settings
  • Capture frames of video to disk in many different file formats (PICT, JPEG, TIFF and more)
  • Save captured files to a pre-defined destination with an automatic name
  • Capture movies to several hard disks in sequence
  • Multiple monitor support: play video full screen on any monitor attached to your computer
  • Automatic monitor resolution switching
  • Channel changing on ixTV and TurboTV tuner cards
  • AppleScript support
  • Includes the macgix LiveCam AppleScript to turn BTV into a Webcam application

Improvements of BTV 5.1 over the previous version (BTV 5.0):

  • Captures video even when the video input window is completely obscured
  • New option to capture a single frame after a specified delay
  • New shortcut keys for adjusting brightness, contrast and saturation
  • New AppleScript command to set the recording time limit
  • The numeric naming format now has a maximum of 10000 instead of 1000
  • Fixes some bugs with recording
  • New graphics and icons designed by Mitch Black

You can find more information on BTV at Ben Softwareis Web site. The product is priced at US$20 and the update is free to registered users.