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Mac Screen Recording - Is There a HD Free Software?

Anthony Parsons

Well-known member
#1
I want to do some screen recordings on my mac for a person I am doing a few bits and pieces for, and want to make HD quality video's for them to insert into their pages so they can quickly reference them as a how-to guide.

I used the built-in quicktime, and it does an ok job, but it doesn't do it in HD. It says it can export in HD, and I did that, but when played at like 800 x 600, its not the best quality.

Is there an actual HD screen capture for mac that's free / cheap, as I don't plan on doing many of these.

Any help from mac guru's much appreciated, as I am still a newbie to mac.
 

Kier

XenForo Developer
Staff member
#2
I use the built-in Quicktime X (OS X 10.6) screen recording system. The quality is very very good indeed and it records at whatever resolution your primary display is running, so if you run at 1920 x 1200 it will be recording at better than HD resolution.
 

Anthony Parsons

Well-known member
#3
I thought that was what you used from reading previously... but I trimmed it up in iMovie and exported it... which is where I think I did the damage to the resolution. I just found export in quicktime, which I think may fix it and keep it at its original resolution.
 

Kier

XenForo Developer
Staff member
#4
What is the destination for the movies? If it's YouTube or Vimeo, don't export them at all, just upload the full size originals.
 
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Floris

Guest
#5
iShowU HD from a shiny white box is what I use, alongside the qt7 screen recorder.
 

Anthony Parsons

Well-known member
#7
Thanks... will do just that. They are going on my site and using a Joomla plugin that embeds them directly. They aren't for public, just for the staff of a company to view on how to do things. A video is way better than obviously even a picture, so I am just making how-to videos for them on how to perform tasks with their clients within the software.

I looked at vimeo and using the password option, but then I found a direct embed which is nice, considering it would only ever be staff viewing under private circumstances... I figure external hosting just isn't required.
 
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Floris

Guest
#8
Hm, good point .. let me check.

Ah - it's because I always use QT7 to edit imported .mov files for family members (something qtx is quite horrible at) yeah: .. Version 10.0 (118) QTX


 
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Floris

Guest
#12
I've always used it for Mac screen recording. Because it writes it directly to disk, and you can set the size or just select a program, has presets, etc.
 

Anthony Parsons

Well-known member
#15
iShowu HD is unbelievably awesome and sooooo simple that even I can use it. HD 720p videos done in minutes, uploaded to youtube HD... embedded back into site/s. Much easier than writing tutorials or explanations with snapshots.
 

Anthony Parsons

Well-known member
#17
The results become quite impressive with the HD technology for screen capture... I must admit.

A little xenforo test, view it fullscreen in the 720p, and its quite clear.