View Full Version : Tutorial Creation Software?

03-20-2007, 04:11 PM
I have looked through quite a few different tutorials both on the NewTek website and other sources and I'm curious, what are some of the software applications being used to create the tutorials? I've seen some that appear to utilize Flash, some are QT Movies and some are PDFs. What are the various applications (for the Mac platform) that can be used to record the action on the screen, and possibly even record audio too? Cost wouldn't necessarily be a big factor in choosing a specific program if it worked well. I've used "Grab" to pick window screen shots and then taken them into Acrobat to make a PDF, but what other options are there? Pros? Cons?

John the Geek
03-20-2007, 07:12 PM
Need a tutorial for making tutorials?

I use SnapzPro to record the screen and my audio. It's pretty nice, but you usually need to scale your screen resolution down to 600x800 or 640x480 to keep the movie files manageable. You don't need to post a movie on the web at high-def.


03-21-2007, 06:46 AM
I second that SnapzPro Rocks- not found a better screen recording utility yet!

03-21-2007, 11:43 AM
Need a tutorial for making tutorials?=)

Yeah, probably :hey: but I'm sure I can figure it out too if there isn't one.

Could you please give me a link to see the end result of SnapzPro? I'd like to see what people can do with it.

03-30-2007, 10:46 AM
I second that SnapzPro Rocks- not found a better screen recording utility yet!

John and Otterman,

Thanks for directing me to Snapz Pro

I'm still curious though, does anyone else have an opinion about other software (Intel Mac compatible) that could be used to create tutorials by capturing motion screen shots while also recording audio? I'm going to check out Snapz Pro X but it never hurts to have several options to compare.

04-01-2007, 10:53 PM
Used snap pro X loads, works great.

Give loads of Tutorials and lessons over the net, so I am a big fam, records audio, works on all my machines, and has many options. I have even used it as source material for final cut pro etc.

Happy on Intel and my g5.

04-02-2007, 01:02 AM
Try iShowU, it's cheaper and supposed to be better than SnapzPro (I haven't tried either!)

iShowU (http://shinywhitebox.com/index.html)

04-03-2007, 10:29 PM
Used snap pro X loads, works great. . .

So I downloaded the trial version of SnapzPro X yesterday and today made a quick sample/test demo movie. I have to agree with everyone that has recommended it, it does a great job. Very nice quality video even if my demo was very unpolished and rough :hey: Unfortunately the audio is terrible because I was just using the built-in microphone on my MacBook Pro. I imagine I'll be purchasing Snapz to use.

So now my question is does anyone have a recommendation for a decent microphone for the MacBook Pro? I have gathered that I probably need to get a USB microphone. I've read a few reviews about different ones, but if anyone here has a preference I'd appreciate their reasons why they like a particular one.

04-03-2007, 10:41 PM
I've used a simple desktop mic in the past with decent results.. you just have to get the "distance from mouth" right so your "p's" don't pop. :)

04-05-2007, 04:24 AM
I'm looking at my options for this too.

Snaps Pro X was good based on the trial, but even though it claims intel compatibility, I couldn't see that it's universal.

I'm also looking at iShowU (linked above), which is Universal, and cheaper to boot.
My most probable purchase, despite being PPC only, is Screenography (http://www.verticalmoon.com/products/screenography/screenography.htm). It outputs to movie files, as well as image sequences, flash files, flash video files, and even flash projectors. And it's $40 downloadable.

Other search results include:

ScreenRecord (http://www.macxware.com/candypress/Scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=25)
Copernicus (http://danicsoft.com/projects/copernicus/) ($15 despite the fact that the site says it's free.)
ScreenAction Studio (http://www.miensoftware.com/screenactionstudio.html)
AlphaCapture (http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/24262)

04-05-2007, 04:32 AM
And I just got an email from iShowU, there's is a downloadable as well. Hmm.

04-05-2007, 10:37 AM
I would recommend iShowU. I used it to make some final cut pro tutorials and the quatliy was amazing - full 1280 x 1024 at 30 fps. I burned the files straight dvd with the sound I recorded with just a regular mic. I've not tried the others...but it was well worthe the money for me.