Best screencast / screen recording apps for mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by resting, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. resting macrumors member

    Aug 15, 2011
    So far from my research, Screenflow is the most recommended and feature rich. But as expected, its also the most costly.

    My primary aim is just to record HD videos for youtube.
    Some features that I prefer to have is as below:

    • 1024p resolution
    • selection recording
    • shows keys pressed
    • basic editing like blur, zoom, custom text

    Next on the list I have is iShowU HD and Screenium.
    But I'm not sure if they have the features I want.

    Anyone who has used them could share whether it has the features above?
    If possible, pls provide a link to youtube, or whichever to have a look at the video quality.

  2. Ddyracer macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2009
    You're not going to be able to get editing timeline and effects unless you get Camtasia or screenflow. Both are 100$.

    There may be something that can do editing in the recorder for cheap but I haven't heard of any other than what I said.

    Your screwed. Just get Ishow u (screenuim sucks for frame rate) or maybe something called screeny in the Mac app store. Its 15 bucks. But you only record and select what region of the screen you want.

    I haven't tried it, so I can't say how good it is speed wise in capturing moving video and games.

    But it looks good from a couple of YouTube vids I saw. When the wifi comes back in from hurricane sandy I'll try and look for a demo.
  3. resting thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 15, 2011
    Yes. Sadly, after reading and watching so many reviews. The ones that has editing features are Screenflow and Camtasia. Both which are very costly.

    Guess its better to save some bucks to get a good one than to get one with limited features and regret later.
  4. That-Guy macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2012
    Screenflow is amazing! Especially v4 which has just been released.

    Well worth the money for the number of features you get.

    Plenty of tutorials on YouTube too :)
  5. James Craner macrumors 68000

    James Craner

    Sep 13, 2002
    Bristol, UK
    Yep, another vote for Screenflow, the best Mac Screencast App out there. Have just published my first screencast with it.
  6. resting thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 15, 2011
    There's a camtasia bundle going on for $49.99 at

    And a 30% off all telestream apps, screenflow included of course, going on at

    Camtasia is winning in price. But I'm not interested in the rest of the apps in the bundle, so I'm willingly to pay a bit more for screenflow if its better.

    I'd watched a few youtube comparison between the two, for example. Those that compares the 2 recommends Camtasia although they cite there's no big difference between the two but personal preference.

    But many individuals seems to prefer screenflow more.

    Pls post links to your screencast you did? Just get more reference.

    Does screenflow have audio editing features? I'd not seen that before. But I know Camtasia is able to increase/decrease volume for the audio.
  7. resting thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 15, 2011
    I just tried trail versions for both. Maybe its the settings? But Camtasia seems to have a better mp4 output, although its size is like 50% more than Screenflow.

    But Screenflow's "web - high" output isn't impressive.

    High chance I'm going for Camtasia in that case.
  8. steveoc macrumors regular

    Nov 6, 2007
    Adirondacks NY

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