Screen Recording Performance Issues

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jotade11, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. jotade11 macrumors regular

    Feb 2, 2009
    Hello all,

    I have been trying out all the normal programs for Mac screen recording (iShow U HD, Snapz Pro X, Screenium, Screenflow, even Adobe Captivate!) but not of them run smoothly at ~30 FPS on my 2009 MacBook Pro, they are very choppy and inconsistent. Is this just an issue of lack of hardware, and if I get a beefier machine, it will run better?

    The MBP specs are: 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo w/ 4GB RAM


    P.S. Also, on a slightly different note, when I go to upload some of the more simple, less choppy videos to Youtube, they lose a LOT of quality. Any tips on uploading? I use .FLV or .MOV typically, but they never look very good at all xD once they upload.
  2. neutrino23 macrumors 68000

    Feb 14, 2003
    SF Bay area
    Did you try asking the people at SnapZ or others for help?

    I've used SnapZ Pro for a long time. Seems like it ran well on a 2006 MBP with 2GB of memory. Now I have a 2010 17" i7 MBP and it runs well there as well. Of course, I usually don't capture at 30 fps, but when I do I haven't noticed any problems.

    I'm guessing something else is going on. Are you capturing full screen or a smaller area? I don't capture larger than 1280 x 1024.

    I don't think it is an issue of the hardware you have.

    Are you running other programs in the background? Try opening Activity Monitor (in your utilities folder) and see who is using CPU time. Sometimes it helps to log out and then log in to get best performance. Maybe even a restart.

    Can't help with Youtube.
  3. jotade11 thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 2, 2009
    Aha! I've been capturing at 1440x900.. perhaps that is why. Let me check on that and I'll post in a few minutes :)

    Thank you very much!

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