How many ways can you capture a movie from the Mac’s screen? If you’ve never done it, never needed to, one is all you need and Apple gives you that app for free in QuickTime Movie Player app. Is there a better way?
Yes, and it’s free, too. Mostly. Check out Iris: Screen Recorder for macOS High Sierra and older Macs. It’s free to try so you might think it’s thin on screen capture features. Not so. Iris comes with a bucketful of options and functions to justify its use over QuickTime Player.
Screen capture and Mac movie screen capture utilities abound in number, price, and capability. This is about as good as it gets for the price, which starts at free, and is nominally priced to remove the built-in watermark. Iris has professional level color matching, timed recordings, presets, and an option to include a talking head– you, from the Mac’s built-in camera.
Here’s what it looks like on the screen.
Iris lets you select the video section of the Mac’s screen down to the pixel and shape. Presets make it even easier and the onscreen frame can be moved around with ease to capture only what you want to view in the captured movie.
The floating tool pad lets you setup the video, audio, and invoke a few automation routines, including the talking head, hiding the Mac’s desktop entirely, and more.
Even the talking head size– captured from whatever camera you use on your Mac, or the built-in FaceTime camera– can be adjusted for size, opacity, even border thickness, color, and radius.
I know. Sweet, right?
While Iris does not have the bells and whistles you’ll find in the far more expensive apps that capture the Mac’s screen as a video– Camtasia, ScreenFlow, and others, it does encode to H.264, ProRes, or even MotionJPEG. It also lets you record audio from the Mac’s own sound and a microphone.
Pause and resume? Check. Time lapse? Check. Tags and names? Check. Sharing? Of course– through the Mac’s built-in sharing pane for Mail, Messages, and AirDrop, but also to Facebook and Vimeo (but, oddly, nothing to YouTube). If you’ve never done Mac screen video capture, this is the one to start with first. Simple, elegant, just the right features for newbies and those who capture Mac screen videos less frequently. There is no learning curve.
Iris is try-before-you-buy from the Mac App Store and the in-app purchase simply removes the built-in watermark.