Quick Time Player
If you have been using Mac for a while, you’d probably know Quick Time Player is the default Mac video player. But did you know that you could use Quick Time Player to do screen recording too? That’s right, and it’s as easy as opening the player and going to File > New Screen Recording.
You can choose to record your entire screen or just drag your mouse to only select and record a certain area. Best of all, the recording limit is only limited by the available space in your hard drive.
For more control over the recording and editing of desktop videos, the widely used ScreenFlow allows you to record everything on the desktop, and then parts of the screen recording can be cropped, zoomed, and panned for a professional looking production.
With ScreenFlow, you can add annotations, callouts, and display one or more video clips on top of the main video. The latest version of ScreenFlow includes in-app access to the iTunes and iPhoto libraries, the ability to delete unused raw footage, action templates for applying your favorite video actions to clippings in the timeline, and a long list of features you’d expect from a hundred dollar screen recording app.
ScreenFlow it’s a powerful tool and you can record your screen with high frame rate 60 fps+ but also it’s a great video edition software.
Camtasia is very similar to Screenflow in that it also records your entire screen, and then allows for editing, zooming in and and out of different parts of the screen in the recording timeline. Just like ScreenFlow, you can record at the same time using the Mac’s built-in iSight camera or an external video camera.
Camtasia also includes advanced features and tools for adding titles and annotations, transitions between clips, and zooming and panning animations. Like ScreenFlow, external video and audio clips can be imported into desktop recording projects, and final productions can be exported to Screencast.com, YouTube, Google Drive, iTunes, or exported as a web page.
Camtasia’s most useful and unique features are smart animations. For instance, you can drop a SmartFocus animation onto the timeline, and Camtasia will make some guesses about where to zoom and pan based on where you cursor was placed on the screen during the time of the recording. Of course, SmartFocus is not 100% accurate, and it can’t always predict what you want to focus on, but it makes adding customisable animations quick and easy.
Another smart focus animation, Zoom To Fit, when dropped on the zoomed in part of your timeline takes the recording back to a full screen view. This saves you the trouble of having to manually resize the clip after you’ve zoomed in on a part of the screen in your recording.
With ScreenFlow, you have to manually scale your zooms and pans, which is okay because that provides control over the look and feel of the production. But Camtasia’s smart focus tools could be huge time-savers in the editing process, especially if you produce screencasts on a regular basis.