If the glare from my Mac’s screen could give me a suntan, I’d look better than George Hamilton. Instead of showing off a great tan and living the life of a Hollywood legend, I’m forced to spend long days slaving over a hot keyboard. Part of my day job involves recording video and taking screen shots of what I do on the Mac. And that means more than a handful of screen capture utilities that grace my Mac.
Screen capture is easy and free on the Mac. OS X’s built-in QuickTime Player will capture video of the whole screen, but not much more. Add a few dollars to help the world’s economy and try Screen Record Simplified. This one is relatively simple and affordable, and uses the Mac’s technology to capture and record video of the screen– full screen, custom sized screen, or a full screen.
There’s no confusion about the Screen Record options, either. Click the radio button for the Record Mode. Select the Audio Device, Screen Resolution, and a few other options such as monitoring the mouse during the record process.
Everything you need is handled from one window in Screen Record. When you’re ready to record, simply select the portion of the screen to record and click the big red Record button. When you’re done recording, click again. Screen record saves the video and audio as a single movie file on your Mac, suitable for editing in iMovie or other Mac video editing apps (even the audio track can be sweetened in Garageband; video included).
Screen Record has a few nice touches to justify the Starbucks-like price tag. There’s a countdown voice to get you ready to record video. It can stop recording after a fixed time, and can record audio input or the Mac’s built-in audio. Nicely done. Quick and easy. And it’s only a few dollars.