Sometimes choice is a good thing. Especially when free is involved. Take Mac screen recorders, for example. How many are there? A dozen? Two dozen?
What they do is record a video of whatever (almost) is on your Mac’s screen. That’s great for creating training videos, instructional videos, or videos of videos. But there are a few secrets for cheaper screen video recording.
Ahoy, Matey! Capture That Screen!
Mac screen capture tools range from free to almost free. And from not so free to how much? Along the way, each app adds more features. Audio capture. Video capture. Editing. Text and graphic overlays.
macVCR doesn’t do any of that. It’s like a VCR for your Mac’s screen.
Or, in 21st century parlance, a digital video recorder (DVR) for your Mac’s screen. Our readers prefer modern terminology.
macVCR is simple. You set the recording length. Choose which codec to use. macVCR records whatever is on your Mac’s screen. Full screen. It handle multiple monitors and live camera feed.
Some of the animation is a bit sophomoric, and the slide out preference pane is oh so last year, but it works.
macVCR records the Mac’s screen and saves it as a QuickTime movie. Nice, huh? And cheap. Even cheaper is this free solution, minus a few features.
That’s QuickTime. It’s already on your Mac. For Snow Leopard and Lion users, QuickTime now has a full screen record mode.
And, if you’re into exporting the resulting QuickTime movie, it’s loaded with options. Did I mention that QuickTime is free?
You can’t specify a recording length, but the movie quality is just as good as with any other screen recorder for your Mac.