One of my favorite and most used Mac apps to capture a video of the screen is called iShowU. It doesn’t cost much and it is not the screen capture tool with the most features.
What iShowU has is an elegant, straightforward, highly usable interface, thanks to an abundance of presets, all of which combines to make it easy to capture the Mac’s screen as a movie and do so without endless fiddling around in settings. If you need more features you’ll need the classy little brother app.
Features By The Dozen
iShowU has been around a few years and while it works very well it’s become long in the tooth and the world of feature creep is passing it by.
It takes just a second to begin recording a section of the Mac’s screen. Need to capture a video clip of a smaller area of the screen? Can do. Drag and select.
Got a Mac with multiple displays? iShowU doesn’t care and works on both. Need to record high quality H.264 video and upload immediately (great for training and customer care, by the way)? Can do, too.
Basic user friendly options abound including instant recording, add audio or drop audio, setup a scheduled timer recording, and more. All from a simple interface. What else would you need?
If features in bullet point form help to drive your purchasing decisions, there’s iShowU Studio, which seems to be multiple steps up from iShowU, iShowU HD, iShowU HD Pro. It’s like going from a trusty Toyota Corolla to a Lexus LS and paying the obvious difference in price for a huge difference if features.
This is bells and whistles personified. Think iMovie meets Quicktime Player.
iShowU Studio rides on the same feature filled highway as veterans Camtasia and ScreenFlow (I use both) which not only capture videos of the Macs screen in action, but let you edit and produce a more complex video project.
iShowU Studio captures the whole screen as a video and then gives you tools to pan, zoom, fade, drop in other videos, add text and audio annotations, and edit the whole shebang as if the app was related to iMovie.
Because the app captures the Mac’s entire screen, videos can be saved and uploaded as high quality 1080p video with a single click. My initial time with iShowU Studio gave me the same feeling as the original iShowU. It’s comfortable and inviting like the original and the video clip editing timeline is actually easier to use than the more expensive competition.
iShowU Studio is also try-before-you-buy so you can check out the long list of features. This is well done, similar to Camtasia and ScreenFlow, but less expensive and with a friendlier interface.