Debut Video Capture Software

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Debut Video Capture and Screen Recorder
Developer(s)NCH Software
Stable release
Windows9.46[1] Edit this on Wikidata / 13 November 2023; 5 months ago (13 November 2023)
macOS9.40[1] Edit this on Wikidata / 14 October 2023; 6 months ago (14 October 2023)
Operating systemWindows XP and later
Mac OS X 10.4.4 and later
Size1.67 MB
Available inEnglish, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Swedish, Chinese and Portuguese
Typevideo screen capture

Debut is a video capture and a screencast program from NCH Software, available for both Windows and Mac.[2][3]

Debut integrates with other software developed by NCH Software such as VideoPad (a video editor), Movie Maker, Prism Video Converter and Express Burn CD and DVD Burner.


The user interface (UI) of Debut is divided into 4 major elements.[4]

  • Main Toolbar consists of options to select the capture method, schedule a recording, find and play recordings, and the ability to configure settings such as frame rate, hot-keys, output destination and format, etc.
  • Recording Controls consists of options such as record, pause, stop, sound output, snapshot, and the selection window that highlights the area marked for recording such as full screen, a selected area on the screen, etc.
  • Record As Section allows the user to configure the output format, encoder options, video options, and the ability to add text captions, video effects, watermark, and select the area of the screen for recording.
  • Preview Area is very large and displays the preview of what is being recorded.

Input types[edit]

Debut is capable of recording video from various sources, including an external recording device, a computer screen, a webcam, and streaming video. Debut combines two applications – screen recording and video capture from webcams and external inputs.

Controversy and criticism[edit]

NCH Software in the past had an option to download Ask and Chrome Toolbars when downloading any of their applications. These download options were checked by default, and generated malware warnings from companies like McAfee and Norton. NCH software unbundled these toolbars in July 2015, and are now certified safe by anti-virus companies like Norton and McAfee.[5][6][7]

A class-action lawsuit was filed against NCH Software in April 2016 relating to security vulnerabilities in the 2015 version of the program. The case was later dismissed.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Debut Video Capture Software Versions". Retrieved 11 January 2024.
  2. ^ Chadwick, Danny. "Debut Video Capture Pro Review – Pros, Cons and Verdict". TopTenReviews. TopTenReviews. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  3. ^ Nawrocki, Matthew (May 11, 2012). "Review: NCH Software Debut Video Capture". TechRepublic. TechRepublic. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Debut Video Capture Software" (PDF). NCH Software. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Is NCH Software Safe to Use?". Retrieved 2017-09-21.
  6. ^ "Report for". Norton Safe Web. Retrieved 2017-09-21.
  7. ^ " – Website – McAfee Labs Threat Center". Retrieved 2017-09-21.
  8. ^ "Dougherty v. NCH Software, Inc". PlainSite. Retrieved 19 September 2017.

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