‘State of the art‘ often means a product has all the basic bells and whistles and a list of new ones that are found only in the most recent products. When it comes to Mac apps that record video of theMac’s screen, there’s not much under the sun.
Sometimes thinking a little outside the box is nothing more than rearranging components that already exist. In the case of Mac screen capture and screen video apps, here’s one that’s a bit different and adds 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. Photos 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 yet another Mac video screen grabbing tool? This one 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. Claquettes, anyone?
Mac users have plenty of ways to capture video from all the action on the Mac’s screen. QuickTime Player does it nicely and it’s free. Claquette 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, and comes with a few built-in editing tools.
Here’s what it takes to get started. Select the input options, click the big red record button and begin recording the Mac’s screen as a video.
When you’re done recording is when the cool options begin. It’s not iMovie, but Claquette comes with some rudimentary video trimming options.
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 and some editing, so it’s not just a screen capture tool.
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.
That’s a huge plus.
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, even 2k, and ProRes. That means screencasts captured using Claquette can easily incorporate special effects and be used by Final Cut Pro or Motion.
The price tag is remarkably less than most Mac screen capture apps, too. Nicely done, affordable, easy to use.