When it comes to Mac apps that record video of the screen, there’s not much that’s new, but there is one that dares to think a little outside the box by adding an attached video camera, microphone sound, and something special.
What’s In A Name?
Apple chooses mostly descriptive names for Mac apps. Garageband for audio recording. Mail for email. Calendar for calendar. iPhoto for photos. iMovie for movies.
iTunes for, well, it used to be the place for music back in the Rip. Mix. Burn. era, but today iTunes is more like a media mall.
So, what are we to make of a new Mac video screen grabbing tool that is named Claquette? I’m thinking the little clacking board used to begin a movie scene instead of the sound that tap dancing shoes make in French.
Mac users have plenty of ways to capture video of all the action on the Mac’s screen. QuickTime Player does it nicely and it’s free.
Claquette the app takes a different approach and captures the Mac’s screen, and leaves room for video from an attached camera, and can even record audio from the Mac’s microphone input.
Here’s what it takes to get started.
Select the content to capture. Select the video source. Select the audio source. Click the big red button to begin recording all the action on the Mac’s screen.
Claquette’s claim to fame is a few extra features not found in the run of the mill screen capture apps.
First of all, it features a built-in player app.
Next, there’s a simple metadata editor to add author and recording notes. The video camera layer can also be free positioned and moved about the Mac’s screen.
What’s special is that Claquette also exports a layered video for Motion 5, Apple’s powerful animation, effects, and transitions generator.
It has separate layers for screen, front window, camera, and onscreen pointer. Plus, it exports in a variety of resolutions from 480p to 1080p HD, and ProRes. That means screencasts captured using Claquette can easily incorporate special effects.
The price tag is remarkably less than most Mac screen capture apps, too.