Is there a way to record my the actions on a tv or laptop screen?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by macaddict23, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. macaddict23 macrumors 6502

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    I'll be doing a ton of presentations where my laptop will be connected to a high-definition TV (video mirroring). Sticking a video camera in front of the TV to record what's being outputted will not provide the best quality. Lighting issues, reflections, people getting in-and-out of their seats, etc. Is there a Mac Software that can do this?
     
  2. zblaxberg Guest

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    If you have quicktime x (comes with snow leopard) you have built in screen recording functionality. Just click file>new screen recording. Also there is a program called screenflow.
     
  3. handsome pete macrumors 68000

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    I've used a program called "iShowU" which has been pretty good.
     
  4. gameface macrumors 6502

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    Even though Quicktime X does it I use Snapz Pro.
     
  5. zblaxberg Guest

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    Often times even using quicktime x I end up having to take it into mpeg streamclip to convert it to Apple Pro Res 422 so I'm sure there are much better ways of doing it but with a 2560x1600 screen it's coming in bigger than 1080p anyways which allows for some nice scaling and basic motion control.
     
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  7. zblaxberg Guest

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    See my original posting. Already mentioned that :D
     
  8. martinX macrumors 6502a

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    There's also Camtasia which I just bought for work for making nifty presentations.

    Alternatively, you could use a scan converter with VGA loop/composite out (randomly chosen example) and a DVD recorder (as long as your display has VGA in and you have a Mac -> VGA cable) if your ultimate output is DVD.

    But I bet you haven't considered audio yet. THAT is the bit that trips everyone up.

    In order to get half decent audio, you'll need a mic. The built-in mics on laptops are "adequate" to be kind.

    I've just ordered a Rode Podcaster for my setup, but you have to know how to use this stuff to get the best out of it.

    Any reason why you're recording the presentations?
     

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