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JeffrySG
12-03-2007, 11:15 AM
I was thinking of putting together a few video tutorials (especially after seeing all of the great tutorials that Proton just uploaded), and I was wondering what software people use for screen/audio recording on the Mac/Intel.

The only good one I know of is SnapzPro (http://www.ambrosiasw.com/utilities/snapzprox/), but I was curious to see if anyone used anything else before spending $70 on the software.

Thanks!
Jeff

lilrayray77
12-03-2007, 03:33 PM
Although Im on windows, I did a little searching, and found this thread on a mac forum that might be of some help: http://forums.macosxhints.com/archive/index.php/t-79303.html

EDIT: and, apparently, VLC is capable of screen capture. Might be something worth googling.

JeffrySG
12-03-2007, 05:39 PM
Andy,

I appreciate the help! I'm actually familiar with a few of those mentioned on that forum. And I've done many google searches, but I just haven't come up with anything that is a good solid application. They just don't cut the cake - so to speak. It just seems that there are many options on the PC but the only good option on the Mac that I know of is SnapzPro so far. I just wanted to see if there was anything else that people actually use on the Mac that they are happy with...

cheers!
Jeff

JeffrySG
12-03-2007, 05:44 PM
ps. I think VLC does screen capture of a playing video not of your computer screen....

JeffrySG
12-03-2007, 07:07 PM
Andy, OK. My foot is in my mouth. Jing is pretty darn cool, and it seems that it will do exactly what I need.

So.... Thanks for that link to that forum thread! :D

http://www.jingproject.com/
it's for mac and pc and is pretty darn cool....

riki
12-03-2007, 07:15 PM
I use SnapzProX http://www.ambrosiasw.com/utilities/snapzprox/

Mr Maze
12-03-2007, 10:10 PM
Jing is made by Camtasia and I can't stand Camtasia. I can't tell you how many hours I have spent coming up with a workflow to make Corel Painter tutorial vids at work (both my bosses are Corel Painter Masters). Most of my grief was centered around their proprietary codec and Adobe Premier 1.5...

However we just ordered a Mac Pro 8-core so I will be getting SnapzPro. No more Camtasia BS for me! HA HA AH ha.. oh.:D

Now if I could just get Speed Edit for Mac.

JeffrySG
12-03-2007, 10:29 PM
Right now Jing does have a 5min time limit (way too short), and it does put controls at the bottom of the swf file. But you can just simply open the file in QT and export the file in any format you want. I think I'm still really considering getting Snapz...

Phil
12-04-2007, 12:20 AM
iShowU works very, very nicely here. Cheap as well. :)

My only gripe is that it is now activation-controlled, which I loathe. I picked it up before the licensing change, though, so don't seem to be affected.

BazC
12-04-2007, 02:24 AM
iShowU works very, very nicely here. Cheap as well. :)

My only gripe is that it is now activation-controlled, which I loathe. I picked it up before the licensing change, though, so don't seem to be affected.

Are you sure? I couldn't find any mention of SW activation on their site ( I didn't search that hard though) and this post from Neil Clayton (director) suggests there's no activation involved...

"I've typically maintained that if it is guaranteed that the same license will only be used in one place at one time then it's OK to put that license in those two places. It's the same as removing the license; shifting to the new machine and using it there; except way less hassle of course.

Link! (http://forums.shinywhitebox.com/viewtopic.php?t=709)

If they have added an activation system that might put me off, I've heard that iShowU is excellent but I've had enough problems with activation systems from Microsoft and Adobe recently to make me cautious about SW that uses them.

lilrayray77
12-04-2007, 04:42 AM
ps. I think VLC does screen capture of a playing video not of your computer screen....

true, vlc is more commonly used for video capture, however, it can be used as a screen cap utility by opening "screen://" and then recording it. Check it out here: http://www.techmag.biz/capturing_screen_VLC_screencasting

Im not sure how well it works though. You may want to play with it a bit.

ramccombe
12-04-2007, 08:06 AM
I was thinking of putting together a few video tutorials (especially after seeing all of the great tutorials that Proton just uploaded), and I was wondering what software people use for screen/audio recording on the Mac/Intel.

The only good one I know of is SnapzPro (http://www.ambrosiasw.com/utilities/snapzprox/), but I was curious to see if anyone used anything else before spending $70 on the software.

Thanks!
Jeff

Sanpz Pro X came free as part of Panther and Tiger both I believe. I currently am running 10.4.11 with a licensed copy (licensed to Apple) of Snapz Pro x. I never purchased it. I used it to make a tutorial video I posted on this site.:twak:

Chilton
12-04-2007, 04:01 PM
Snapz Pro and iShowU are the current big contenders. I've used (and like) both.

'Screencast' is a newcomer. I've never used it, so I can't speak for it. Their site is inaccessible to me right now, so I've included the link off of Apple's site.

http://www.ambrosiasw.com
http://www.shinywhitebox.com/
http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/video/screencast.html

HTH,
-Chilton

JeffrySG
12-07-2007, 08:37 AM
Thanks Chilton!

I didn't know about screencast. It looks pretty nice so far. And I like the options of being able to show mouse clicks and show command keys. I'll test it out a bit but it looks like that might be the way I'll go.

cheers!
Jeff

JeffrySG
12-10-2007, 10:18 PM
Just so everyone knows, I ended up getting Screenscast, and I'm pretty happy with it so far. I used it to create the subpatch videos in my sig.

thx again for the help everyone!

Jeff

Phil
12-11-2007, 12:31 AM
Are you sure? I couldn't find any mention of SW activation on their site ( I didn't search that hard though) and this post from Neil Clayton (director) suggests there's no activation involved...

"I've typically maintained that if it is guaranteed that the same license will only be used in one place at one time then it's OK to put that license in those two places. It's the same as removing the license; shifting to the new machine and using it there; except way less hassle of course.

Link! (http://forums.shinywhitebox.com/viewtopic.php?t=709)

If they have added an activation system that might put me off, I've heard that iShowU is excellent but I've had enough problems with activation systems from Microsoft and Adobe recently to make me cautious about SW that uses them.

Yup, but it's something like 5 or 10 activations at the same time - I complained vigorously when they made the change. You see reference to it in the changelogs as they tried various options to appease ill-contents like me :)

If you have an old license, it does not use activation (I think). That said, like most Mac apps, activation seems to be easy to manipulate because of the lack of an obfuscating device like the registry. Backing up /Users/Shared and both preference locations is often enough to make things happy.

I only discovered this by accident when backing up prefs, etc. before reinstalling Tiger, but it also remains true for Leopard. Putting everything back afterwards, Vue 6 et al were all working without issue. As well as iShowU and TheTube/MediaCentral.

My big pile of loathing remains in place for MacDrive 7, though. They have done nothing to make me ever recommend it to people who want to use their software after a reinstall.

BazC
12-11-2007, 01:23 AM
Thanks Phil, I actually bought iShow you a couple of days ago, it's so cheap and good that my objections about the license activations seemed less important! I also read on the forums that version 2 may have compositing capabilities!

Chilton
12-11-2007, 04:01 PM
Hi Jeff,

The underlying technology in these screen capture apps ain't rocket science. After all, Apple does have a demo of exactly how to do this in Cocoa, on their site. I assume everyone is just using some version of that code these days.

There's another, waaaay more obscure way to do this in Carbon, but only a handful of people know how that works these days. Knowing what I do about iShowU and Screencast, I'd say those two don't use that technique, and probably did go the Apple suggested route.

FWIW, while the Mac iVGA is a Cocoa app, I used an entirely different technique to get at the screen for that. It should be quite fast as well. So... if you need a way to record the screen and do ton of things to that video feed in real time, I highly recommend a thing called a TriCaster. :devil:

-Chilton

JeffrySG
12-13-2007, 11:23 PM
^Thanks Chilton... very interesting info... makes me realize that I truly know nothing of software programing and I'm glad we have people like you around here working on LW for us! :thumbsup:

If I need to really UPGRADE my screen capturing I'll look into TriCaster. ;)

jrs0000
03-21-2009, 08:31 AM
Screen recording software for OS X Try our computer question and answer forum today ... Techsmith made a light screen recorder for the Mac.





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cresshead
03-21-2009, 10:00 AM
can't find screencast..no links working now...maybe they got bought out by someone..

Chilton
03-21-2009, 10:41 AM
Hi jrs0000,

I'm a little confused by your post. While Techsmith did make a screen recorder for the Mac, I think it was covered on the prior page.

But Jing's approach is an interesting one. You can't edit your videos, but you can host them for free on Jing's server, and you can pay to have more storage added there. It's an interesting revenue stream to be sure.

Regarding the install feature, on the Mac, I find it slightly humorous that they have both an AppleScript that you can run, or just drag and drop the file.

AppleScript: Double-click, then click through a series of dialogs.
Drag and drop: One click + drag + release. So really, one click.

Did they think the drag and drop style would be somehow confusing to the user?

And to the larger question in this thread, it appears that Apple uses only ScreenCast now for their videos, as evidenced by its presence in the dock, in every demo video that shows the desktop these days.

-Chilton

realgray
03-21-2009, 12:59 PM
Screenflow is currently making some waves. 2008 winner Apple Design Award for best Leopard application. 2009 "Best Screencasting Application" Macworld, MacWorld Editors Choice award winner. Plus its only $99.


http://www.telestream.net/screen-flow/overview.htm

Check out the demo video at the bottom. It has a Motion/Final Cut look to it which I love. (Part time editor)

Chilton
03-21-2009, 01:52 PM
Sorry, that's the one I meant. Screenflow is the app that Apple seems to have landed on.

-Chilton

JeffrySG
03-22-2009, 01:25 PM
Screenflow is currently making some waves. 2008 winner Apple Design Award for best Leopard application. 2009 "Best Screencasting Application" Macworld, MacWorld Editors Choice award winner. Plus its only $99.


http://www.telestream.net/screen-flow/overview.htm

Check out the demo video at the bottom. It has a Motion/Final Cut look to it which I love. (Part time editor)

That looks pretty cool, especially for 99 bucks! I used Screenflick (http://www.araelium.com/screenflick/) for my videos (they changed the name recently). It did what I needed it to and it was only 25 dollars.