Why record videos of tests?
Three big reasons why you should be recording all your tests:
- No more "works for me" – forget about those unreproducible bugs that devs reject as voodoo. If you have the bug on video for everyone to see, then it happened and deserves treatment.
- Comprehensive defect reports – textual descriptions of bugs can leave important information out. Videos recording the bugs as they happen allow developers to notice further details that may help track down the bug and get it fixed.
- Exploratory testing – relying solely on memory and note-taking in exploratory testing doesn’t really cut the mustard. A video of all your testing actions is much better than that. Use it for future reference to see what was tested, or to roll back when encountering a bug to understand what brought it to the surface.
How do I record test videos?
- Either open the test runner or use the standalone video recorder (Start > All Programs > Testuff > Testuff Video Recorder).
- Target a recording area. Either drag and drop the window target onto one of the windows on your desktop, or use the selection marker to select a recording area. Choose the recording area wisely since once the recording starts you won’t be able to change it.
- Once the recording area is set, click the record button.
- Once recording has commenced, do some testing.
- If you want to do some things "off the record", click the pause button. Don’t forget to click the record button again to get back on record.
- Attach the test video to a new defect (when recording from the runner):
- Fail the relevant step or click the Report bug link at the top of the runner.
- The video up till then will automatically be attached to the new defect, uploaded to the Testuff server, and attached to the exported defect as a link.
- Note that the video is automatically stopped when reporting a defect via the test runner.
- Don’t forget to press the record button again after reporting a defect to make the next recording.
Where are the recordings saved?
- Test runner – files are saved temporarily at C:\Documents and Settings\your_user\Application Data\Testuff\attach (or at C:\Users\User_Name\AppData\Roaming\Testuff\attach on Windows 7 and Vista). Once you open a defect the video is automatically uploaded to our server and a link to it is added to the defect report.
- If you are using the standalone recorder you are prompted on where to save the WTF file at the start of the recording.
How do I watch the video files?
Use the Testuff Video Player which comes with the Testuff installation. It is also available as a standalone version so that people can watch the videos without having to fully install Testuff.
What does WTF stand for?
Witness Testuff Files. Why, what did you think it stood for? :)