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Voila 3.3 Review

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PROS / This software takes excellent screenshots and has some good tools for editing them.

CONS / It lacks editing tools, and the recording settings are very limited.

 VERDICT / Voila does a great job recording videos and screen activity and taking screenshots, but you'll need other software if you want to edit your captured videos.

Voila video capture software for Mac offers a fair number of recording tools, but it falls short of other products on our lineup. This Mac video capture software records video, screen activity and screenshots – and it does screenshots particularly well. Voila's biggest weakness is its almost complete lack of editing tools.

The user interface for recording is modern and intuitive. It's easy to use and uncluttered, with simple tools and a built-in search feature that references an online guide.

You have several video recording options. You can select full-screen recording or just select sections of your monitor to capture. You can record browsers and video feeds from an iSight camera or other USB-connected cameras. Voila captures video well. Its video quality is very good, and editing the footage in another application produces great visual results. The timed capture option sets a specific recording duration via the software's preferences menu and the capture settings submenu.

There are no video editing tools in Voila. This video recording software does offer many useful tools to keep things organized, such as the organizer in the capture tray at the bottom of the user interface. If you need to edit any of your captured videos, you may want to use video editing software such as iMovie or a professional application such as Final Cut Pro or Premiere Pro.

This Mac video capture software lets you take quality screenshots. There's a selection of shapes for recording onscreen content, including a rectangle, circle, polygon and freehand. The user interface has a toolbar across the top that offers an easy-to-access assortment of recording options, including options to take still-image screen captures. These options are for full screen, selection (in which you set the capture shape you want), object (to capture anything on the screen, such as a finder window) and menu, which captures menus of other software.

This video grabber for Mac does have some nice screenshot-editing tools, such as vector annotations, marquee, resize, rotate and crop. Sharing options in the toolbar include exporting to iPhoto and email, as well as printing and publishing. You can configure the project to share it on your Flickr account or upload directly to YouTube, or use FTP and SFTP to send your screencasts to a website.


Voila isn't the best video capture software for Mac because it lacks video editing tools. However, it is great for taking screenshots. You can edit screenshots within the application, but you'll need separate software if you want to alter your videos.