Due to industry standards, a lot of the testing we do at my place of work requires evidence that the tests were actually executed. For this, we are trialling the idea of video recording the testing.
I’ve been using BB TestAssisstant (http://www.bbsoftware.co.uk/BBTestAssistant.aspx) but I was wondering if other testers have experience using this app or any other video recording app.
to come back to my fav BBTestAssistant (just upgraded to the new Expert version), let me give a showcase how I use it:
Lets say I have to install on a fresh maschine. I start the recording and then start setup.exe.
Whenever I see something in my work, i insert a comment and proceed. Also when I see something I want to follow up later, but dont want to distract myself now, i add a comment.
I can also check program folder installation, registry, whatever.
At the end of the testrun, I save the recording.
Then I go and do the bug reporting. Open recording and open comment section.
That way can defocus and reflect, what I found and not report the bug in the heat of the moment.
I can read my comments and since they are linked to the timeframe in the recording, I can see directly or even replay what has happened then.
If it is a bug, which can be shown easyly via screenshot, I do just that: Make a screenshot out of the recording.
If a small video sequence is needed, i just do that: Mark the time length I need and export only this few seconds.
(I have the choice of several output formats; personally I just go for self-running exe file. No worries, if other people have proper codecs or players.)
To make it short: Video recordings allow you to search (either comments or even keystrokes), it lets you report the important stuff (copy&paste also) plus you can scribble down findings for later follow ups.
And some have already bugtracking systems integrated (JIRA, TRAC for BBTestAssistant Expert, for example) and the possibility to link and embed log files, either custom logs or Windows eventlogs.
Man, I sound like a fanboy, but i really love that tool.
Mind you, I also use Excel or other tools, depending on what I need to visualize or put down.