Screen capture apps are anything but a dime a dozen, though video recording solutions range from free and simple, to $100 and complex, to everywhere in between. The country doesn’t need a good 5-cent cigar anymore, but here’s an affordable screen video app.
QuickTime? Or, Not QuickTime
By far, the easiest and simplest way to record your Mac’s screen as a video file is to use QuickTime Player. The latest versions of Lion and Mountain Lion have a menu selection.
Whatever the size and resolution of your Mac’s scree, QuickTime Player does the job. And that’s the problem.
The video captured is of the Mac’s screen. The whole screen. If all you need is to record a portion of the screen you need a different solution.
We’ve cover a number of Mac screen video recording applications, including 4 Ways To Make A Live Movie Of Your Mac’s Screen.
New to the list is Smart Screen Capture, one of the least expensive of the video screen capture apps that still has more features than you’ll find with QuickTime Player.
Yes, it captures the full screen. Or, any part of the Mac’s screen.
Open it up, click a few self explanatory settings, select the area of the screen to record, and click the big red Start Recording button.
There’s an option to record using the Mac’s built-in iSight camera as the video source.
It can’t be much easier to record video of what you’re doing onscreen.
Videos of the Mac’s screen can be captured full screen or any size (and with pixel level precision).
Smart Screen Capture can also record audio– from the built-in microphone or an audio input (system audio recording requires a separate app– blame Apple).
This is a good application for the money. It creates movies which can be imported and edited in other video applications (sound can be sweetened or add voice over in Garageband).
My wife uses the Mac to record video tutorials for her classes classes (she’s a teacher).
As useful as Smart Screen Capture is, and it’s priced right, there are some issues. It works best with a fast Mac with plenty of RAM (typical of most video capture apps). It won’t capture Mac system sound without a third party app. The pre-recording window takes up way too much screen size.
And, it never has worked on my MacBook Pro with Retina display (but works fine on both iMac and MacBook Air at home). The price is good, though, and recording apps with similar features are usually more expensive.