Record screen content on Mac (screencasting)

Recently I was in need of a screencasting tool for Mac to take video of the screen content on the MacBook or iMac. In my search for how to do it, and which tools to use, I found these alternatives to make recordings of the screen.

  • Jing Project – The concept of Jing is the always-ready program that instantly captures and shares images and video from your computer to anywhere.
  • iShowU – allows you to capture and record anything you can see on your screen, along with audio from a compatible source (like a microphone) as well as any audio from the mac itself.
  • Snapz Pro X – is a video capture technology, adroitly capturing full motion video of anything on your screen at a blistering pace, complete with digital audio, and an optional microphone voiceover.
  • Macvide ScreenCap – Macvide ScreenCap allows you to capture and record anything you can see on your screen to image, video or flash. You can record audio from your desktop or from a microphone or other input device. With ScreenCap you can visual tutorials based on your own desktop content and movements.
  • Camtasia:mac – Software for making a movie from content you record off your computer screen. There’s no easier way to create videos that are effective and fun to watch.
  • Capture Me – is an open source screen capture and recording utility for Mac OS X
  • QuickTime X – in Snow Leopard QuickTime got its own Screen Recording feature.
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7 Responses to Record screen content on Mac (screencasting)

  1. Jamie says:

    I’m really surprised your looked for alternatives because, I think Mac OS X has one of the most powerful built in Screenshot App’s ever.

    But good finding! :)

  2. Well, you are absolutely right, however, screencasting is about making video of the computer interaction shown the screen…

  3. Sirje says:

    Nice try!)
    I can add one more tool – Macvide ScreenCap. It captures video of the whole screen as well as of a definite area of the desktop, outputs it in various video and flash(!) formats. Moreover, it takes single frame screenshots and stores them to png, jpeg, tiff, bmp.
    Hope, it may be useful as well))

  4. goty says:

    mmm….as for me I use Macvide ScreenCap ,anybody else use this prog? :)

  5. Tay tay says:

    hey… y’know you can just open quicktime player and hit file, new screen recording! its free…. not the best quality, but still!

  6. Hello Tay Tay, you are right. However, this is a rather old post from way before Snow Leopard and QuickTime X, where Apple introduced Screen Recording in QuickTime. I have now updated the post to include QuickTime X. Thanks for the advice :-)

  7. dinadana says:

    I’m voting for MacVide ScreenCap.
    I’m using it – good quality!

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