Screencasting with QuickTime Player

Screencasting is a real treat for me. I have a background in video production, mostly editing educational lectures from seminars. Though the material is very different, and to-the-point, screencasting isn’t all that different.

A screencast is an excellent way to share workflows and tips. Honestly, I’m surprised more power users don’t produce them. Macs have this cultural image as artsy tools, where fun work is done. PCs are still largely considered power tools. Yet, a friend is sitting on the back deck with me at this very moment writing software on his MacBook Air.

Since a tool is a tool, whether it’s a Mac or a PC, it’s great to have tutorials around for most any task using these devices.

For Screencasts with Joe Darnell I use ScreenFlow to record and edit the video. It’s a powerful editor, and I find it to be fairly reliable. All things considered though, beginners—and for those that just want to produce a simple screencast for a small audience—you can create a decent screencast with QuickTime Player. QuickTime 10 has three recording modes:

  • Movie recording
  • Audio recording
  • Screen recording

Movie recording captures video from a Mac’s built-in camera, or the external camera of your choosing. Audio recording is a simple voice recorder, letting you capture audio from your built-in microphone or the external mic of your choosing. Screen recording captures video of your screen, along with the audio source of your choice.

If you want to test the waters, use QuickTime. If you’re convinced you need a power tool, buy ScreenFlow. It’s available for $99 fromTelestream.

Joe Darnell

Joe is a UI and graphic designer with prior experience as the creative director for three media-based businesses. Joe’s passionate about web design and graphic design with about 15 years of experience in the media industry. Additionally, Joe is the host of the Top Brew and Techtonic podasts, both featured on iTunes.