Silverback is pretty cool for the price

For guerrilla usability testing (the only kind of usability testing most non-profits can afford)Clearleft’s Silverback seems like a pretty good solution. We tested it out today in preparation for some prototype testing, and once we had our webcam hooked up it worked very smoothly. The interface is simple and straightforward, and at $50 the cost can’t be beat.

On the downside, you seem to have to export your recordings to mov files before you can play them back. This can take several minutes per recording. It would also be nice if there was a way to organize all your recordings within the App more effectively. Overall, it’s a simple app that accomplishes its goals admirably.

2 comments so far

  1. universityusability on

    Hi Jason,
    We’re using Morae software – do you have any kind of opinions as to the comparison between this and Silverback?

  2. jasonwilkens on

    That’s a great question, I’ve only used Morae a little in the past, but they are very different products. Morae has a lot more features and flexibility. It also costs a lot more. If you already have Morae, I don’t think you’re missing out on anything. The upsides to Silverback are that it’s easy to use (because it’s so much simpler), and you can install it and be ready to go in a few minutes. Also, Silverback is only available for the Mac.

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