Hey, even QuickTime Player can record everything on your Mac’s screen, while you work and browse, and save it to a movie. It’s free, of course, but devoid of any really useful features. Here’s one that works well, and costs less.
Mac Screen, Meet Movie
Why do you need to capture your Mac’s screen as a movie? If you don’t know, you’re likely never in need of what Screenflick does best.
What it does is capture your Mac’s screen while you’re using it, recording every movement of the screen pointer, and saving everything as a high resolution movie.
Screenflick records what you do on your Mac’s screen at up to 60 frames per second, about double standard television resolution, and not far from triple that of cinema movies.
That makes this utility one of the better values to record a Mac’s screen and audio from a mic, and save it all as a movie– perfect for trainers, software instruction, and screen casting.
Screenflick doesn’t just record the Mac’s screen. It also records the screen’s actions such as displaying keyboard commands, and highlighting clicks so viewers can see exactly what’s happening on the screen.
Screenflick records the Mac’s entire screen, yes, but it can record a specific area of the screen– perfect for displaying a single Mac application. Once you’ve recorded a screen movie you can preview it before saving as a movie file.
It comes with presets for video, audio, mouse (trackpad), and keyboard options, which can be fine tuned then saved as a preset to be used later.
Competitors in this space include Camtasia and ScreenFlow, both of which are in use in our company to create training videos. Screenflick does not have the same list of features as each, but costs about one third as much.
What it does have are the basics, including the option to export QuickTime movies, and movies specifically for iPod, iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV (and Flash and Windows formats). You just won’t be able to add text, graphic elements, or other embedded videos.