There must be dozens of apps that do the deed, including Apple’s QuickTime player (the easiest capture tool, but not the best). The feature laden apps cost upwards of $100, but one of the best values in video screen capture is actually inexpensive and has just the right balance of features.
Screeny Does Screencasts
Screencasts are all the rage in the age of home video productions and YouTube. Creating a screencast on a Mac is actually simple. Even QuickTime player can do it.
Unfortunately for QuickTime fans, Apple doesn’t add many screencast bells and whistles to the recording, editing, and production process.
One of my absolute favorite apps is Screeny. First, it grabs sections of the Mac’s screen in mostly any size and aspect ratio.
Second, Screeny can capture video of your Mac’s screen, including a video from your Mac’s built-in iSight camera. So, you can be on camera describing what you’re doing on your Mac’s screen as you do it.
Screeny makes selecting an area of the screen a simple drag and drop process. Well, uh, drag. Screeny’s recording area is fully adjustable.
You’re not without a few options that are standard in more expensive screen capture apps.
For example, Screeny can highlight the screen pointer when you click. Images and videos are always saved at the highest resolution, but are easily compressed for uploaded or using on the web.
Screen captures a window with a click. Images are saved to the Mac’s Pictures folder, while videos are saved to the Movies folder (but both are saved to a folder named… drum roll, please… Screeny).
There’s an option to capture audio from the Mac’s microphone while you record (but, due to a restriction from Apple, you’ll need a third party plugin to capture the Mac’s system audio at the same time).
Getting started with Screeny is a click. Well, a couple of clicks. Click the Screeny icon in the Menubar and select Start Recording, or use keyboard shortcuts.
Also impressive is Screeny’s ability to record video with multiple video frame rates. 60fps and 30fps are good for newer, faster Macs, while lower frame rates may work better for older Macs.
A few other screen recording apps do more, but few come close to the same number of features at Screeny’s price.
Caveats? A few. Screeny needs OS X Lion or newer. And, the third party plugin to record the Mac’s system audio is flakey.