First up is QuickTime Player which is already on your Mac. QTP has a built-in function which captures the Mac’s screen as a movie. Right at the top of the File menu are three selections to record a new movie, record audio, or record the Mac’s screen. And, we’re done. That’s it. No bells. No whistles.
Second on my list is a favorite old app made new. This one is called iShowU Instant which traces heritage back to the original iShowU from years ago; arguably the simplest, most elegant and easy to use Mac video screen capture app that actually came with bells. And whistles. Grab a Mac screen video in QuickTime Player and spend a week trying to make it pretty and useful in iMovie, or spend foursomes the nominal price tag of iShowU Instant and get a complicated, complex beast of a screen video editor, or just use iShowU Instant and get something done.
What makes iShowU Instant better than more expensive solutions and much better than QuickTime Player? Behold. Features. But not too many. Just the right ones.
Color me a sucker for a usable, intuitive user interface. Open up iShowU Instant and look for the big red Record button. Click it and you’re recording. Yet, there are plenty of settings to customize the recording, screen size, and even drop in the iSight picture-in-picture camera. Start and stop recordings, view recordings in real time, even record MP4 video at up to 60fps.
Talk about 2016. There’s even a built-in GIF generator in case you want to travel back to 1996 and revisit GIF animations as videos. All the recording presets can be customized to match your Mac screen video recording requirements so that one-click to Record does what you want.
Yes. There’s more.
I used iShowU to create Mac screen videos for training. It’s always been a quick and easy way to make professional-looking screen videos (handy for someone who gets paid for doing just that) very quickly. After upgrading to iShowU Instant I opted for a few in-app extras beyond the scheduled recordings, mic and OS X system audio recording, to get editing options, watermarks, and the ever important audio sweetening options.
As a good Mac citizen iShowU Instant also shares to the appropriate online resources including YouTube and Vimeo, and makes videos that work perfectly on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The only feature I really miss from the past is the option to edit fullscreen.
Remember, all you need to remember to get started is to use the big red Record button.
Configurations are many, but narrowed down to a bunch of useful presets, each easily edited via the Basic or Advanced settings. From that you will get the idea of what’s behind iShowU Instant. Usability. It’s not lacking features, but the ones you’ll use most are visible right away, and the ones you’ll need as you gain more screen video capture experience are merely a click or two away.
Nicely done. Worth every penny. But many dollars less than comparable tools.