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

macaddict23

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Jun 20, 2006
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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?
 

zblaxberg

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Jan 22, 2007
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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.
 

zblaxberg

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Jan 22, 2007
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Even though Quicktime X does it I use Snapz Pro.
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.
 

martinX

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Aug 11, 2009
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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?