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08-05-2009, 01:38 AM
Hi there I'm looking to do some short LW tutorials for a friend of mine who is just starting out and I can't find any screen capture software for mac. I know that there is Grab but I need something that does video and preferably audio as well. Basically I'm looking for camtasia for mac which unfortunately doesn't exists. Does anyone know of any options??

08-05-2009, 05:09 AM

Free demo so you can check it out. I played with it, seemed to work pretty well

08-05-2009, 05:12 AM
there are iShowU (http://store.shinywhitebox.com/home/home.html), iShowU-HD (http://store.shinywhitebox.com/ishowuhd/main.html), Screenium (http://www.synium.de/products/screenium/index.html), Screenflow (http://www.telestream.net/screen-flow/overview.htm), Copernicus (http://www.danicsoft.com/projects/copernicus/) (no audio), CaptureMe (http://www.chimoosoft.com/products/captureme/) and some more.
Some offer demos, some are free, some are buggy, some offer this, some that, so you will have to compare what suits you best.
iShowU and Screenflow are the "pro" tools.
For the future, QuickTimeX (coming with SnowLeopard) will have screen recording capabilities too.

08-05-2009, 08:59 AM
I use Screenflow often and love it. I have some beginner tutorials if you are interested, and I did them with Screenflow:


08-05-2009, 09:06 AM
There's also Snapz Pro X (http://www.ambrosiasw.com/utilities/snapzprox/), which is what I use at work. Haven't tried capturing full screen LW windows, but I've gotten great results capturing other stuff. 30 day demo period available.

08-05-2009, 10:13 AM
Viewer, converter, screen grabbing, multi layer files to folders, etc etc etc.

08-05-2009, 10:14 AM
You could also do a screencast with Jing for example : http://www.jingproject.com/

One click workflow, easy upload and automatic links on your clipboard (free account goes up to 2GB storage i believe)

08-05-2009, 11:21 AM
Wow guys, outstanding response. I guess I have some research to do. Thanks for the links are advice.

08-06-2009, 05:50 AM
I got iShowU and iShowU HD. Love it. But the fact that Screen Flow has editing possibilities.... It's over the top EXTREME in what you can do.. make the cursor disappear, enlarge it, make it more visible, zoom in on the active window etc... That's just too incredible to be true. I WANT IT!!! The downside of Screen Flow is that it takes some time to export to a compressed format. And afaik, it won't use all of my 8 cores. But I dunno that for sure though. *mumbling something about buying it*

What I think is the most powerful part of iShowU is the files are instantly ready right when you click STOP ! Either it's saved as a Prores 422 or H.264 - the file is ready for upload or editing.

08-17-2009, 07:32 PM
Thanks a lot for pointing me in the direction of IshowU HD. This software is amazing and very cheap. I love how it records not only mic'd audio but also the audio of things your listening to. Great product, tusen takk olahaldor.

3D Kiwi
08-17-2009, 07:42 PM

Free and very good.

have been using it to make tuts for the guys here at work to help the transition from LW to XSI.

08-17-2009, 08:48 PM
It does not look great but it does the job and has nice control over the video. And its free.
But till, SmithTech codec is preety cool.

08-20-2009, 03:59 AM
and coming soon (announced for August 25th):
Techsmith Camtasia for Mac

08-20-2009, 07:23 AM
I did something last night. Pretty cool actually. I found an application which will let me chose a portion or use the whole screen as a webcam source. I called a friend of mine in Spain, and I sat in Norway, flicked the switch to start webcam, and he was looking at my screen and what I was doing in LightWave! This way I got instant feedback on what I was doing right or wrong. We're working together on a project, so this is crucial and makes it right the first time.

The app is called CamTwist.

08-20-2009, 07:35 AM
I use Screenflow often and love it. I have some beginner tutorials if you are interested, and I did them with Screenflow:


Great bunch of tutorials there! You should put a link to them in your signature. :) Thx for sharing!