Screen capture software?

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  1. Da Citizen macrumors newbie

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    Guys,

    I need screen capture software that also captures system audio and allows me to specify what area of the screen i need to capture.

    Thats free/cheap

    And lightweight.

    I used Camtasia on the PC, but its not lightweight, takes an eternity to cache a recorded file, then again if i want to actually save it!

    Help/ideas/suggestions welcomed.

    Thanks!
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    Its not free but I use LittleSnapper From RealMacSoftware

    It offers a lot of flexibility and options
     
  3. Da Citizen thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Cool, thanks dude. Gonna gave a peek now :)

    EDIT: Is this just for stills?? Or do movie also?
     
  4. Da Citizen thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I use it with great pleasure, though I do my effects/explanations in After Effects after the record is exported. But ScreenFlow offers very nice tools for describing what is happening on the screen.
     
  6. Da Citizen thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks. Im not after something thats effect heavy, just that captures my screen in an area i speficy, with system and/or mic audio.

    Any others you can recommemd?
     
  7. steveoc macrumors regular

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    Voila is a more light-weight. It does screen recording and capture. I've only used it for capture so far. It has a nice quick and easy set of editing tools for the still images. I think it just has whole screen or selection recording then allows you to send it to QuickTime for minor editing.

    QuickTimeX is free and comes with the Mac OS. It too can do screen recording.
     
  8. sumone macrumors regular

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    Well I know that if you are really interested in something free Quicktime has a built in screen capture option. It does also allow you to specify a specific area to capture. However, I don't believe you can capture audio. If you wanted to do a voice over I suppose you could just screen record and then add your audio when editing.
     
  9. Da Citizen thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks both.

    Ive used Quicktime on a few occassions recently, and it crossed my mind to do the audio separatly (either my mic, or create a loop between line in and headphones to capture system audio) but it may be more time than its worth...

    Ill look up Voila,

    thanks!

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    Voila looks great! Lightweight, screen capture, video, mic or system audio, lots of setting.
    Trial being downloaded tonight!!!!!

    Many thanks all :)
     
  10. steveoc macrumors regular

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    It can record the screen with audio. There is a triangle on right side of the screen recording interface that lets you select the audio source. It does not, as far I can see, allow recording of a section of a screen.

    Jing has a free version that allows 5 minutes of screen recording:

    http://www.techsmith.com/jing.html
     
  11. bmcgonag macrumors 65816

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    Quicktime can record a specified section of the screen, or the whole screen, and can record from the mic, or specified input. I don't know (but don't think it can) if it can record the system audio without a loop from output to mic input, but you could turn up speakers while recording, the mic should pick up the system sounds then.

    Jing is the same issue with 5 minute limit on free version, and limited to flash version only.
     
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  13. Sam2lucky13 macrumors 6502

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    I use screenflow a lot and love it, well worth the price.
     
  14. bmcgonag macrumors 65816

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    I forgot about iShowU, but it has great video quality, very customizable, and pretty easy to use. Good catch.
     
  15. pchipchip macrumors regular

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    As mentioned earlier QuickTime is built in and it works pretty well and can go into iMovie to edit.
     
  16. Sgt. Raven macrumors member

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    For basic screen capture does anyone use Seasoft's Screen Capture X?
     
  17. MathRulz macrumors regular

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    Camtasia for Mac 2 ?

    Anyone have or try Camtasia for Mac 2 that just came out? I am newly in the market for this or Screenflow 3. From what I have read, Screenflow beat Camtasia for Mac, but that was for the 2009 version of Camtasia.
     

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