If necessity is the mother of invention, then someone has had a problem with the past. At least, the past 60 seconds. Enter Rewind, a cleverly designed Mac app that acts like instant replay for whatever was on your Mac’s screen the past 60 seconds.
Whatever you just did in the past minute on your Mac is captured and you can rewind the video of screen actions to see what you just did. Again.
Not many recording utilities are as easy to use as Rewind. It works in the background and continually records the Mac’s screen so there’s a momentary record of everything you just did; all the clicks, all the website page views, videos watched, email written, code entered. Whatever.
It’s all there and can be rewound and viewed, and even edited and shared. Setting up Rewind couldn’t be easier with a few selections in preferences.
Your Mac, if it’s relatively new, can record the scree at 60 frames-per-second, double standard broadcast quality, and at higher resolution. Select with audio input to use. That gets recorded, too. And, that’s about it.
Use the basic transport controls to view the recorded video as a movie. And movie clips can be shared through the Mac’s drop down sharing box.
Not only is Rewind good to use for your own needs– like when you saved a file but cannot remember when (Rewind shows you where)– but is very useful when showing someone exactly how to do something on a Mac. Do it on yours, then share the video to show someone else.
I can see a great advantage to using Rewind as a programmer or developer where something happened and you want to see exactly what led up to the event. Rewind can display the steps in a video. It’s also useful for gamers who want to know what happened before something epic happened. Epic as in good or bad.
Rewind runs fine on most Macs made in the past five years. You get controls for system audio, video size, frame rate recording, and more, but set up takes seconds. My only beef with Rewind is that sometimes 60-seconds is not enough so I would like to see a setting for a few minutes longer.