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In this series on productivity, author Jess Stratton takes you through the latest tools that will help you run your business and life more efficiently. Each installment covers a particular feature or technique in a different online tool, such as Google Apps, Skype, YouTube, Mint.com, Etsy, and more. Check back every Monday for tips on topics from recording and publishing video chats to managing your finances online.
Hi, I'm Jess Stratton and welcome to Monday Productivity Pointers. This week I'm answering a popular question. How can you create your own tutorials, recording your screen with audio? You may be asked to do a webinar one day or show a task on your computer that involves you showing how something's done, while you're recording audio to go with it. So today, I'm going to show you how to use QuickTime player on your Mac, to do a simple screen record with audio. You need a Mac, and you need a headset or a mic.
Now, I do suggest staying away from open spaces while you're recording. Now, I'm cheating a bit here because I'm in a soundproof booth, but if you're at home, I don't advise you doing it in your dining room, or in your office, stay away from conference rooms. Alright, knowing that, on with the recording. I've got QuickTime Player running on my Mac and let's do a simple onscreen tutorial. To start a new recording, choose File from the top menu. Now, you don't want to choose New Movie Recording because what's that's going to do is activate your webcam.
You want to do a New Screen Recording. Click this triangle to select your microphone. Change the quality of your recording. Now remember, that high-quality will look the best but it will also inflate the file size a little bit. So if that doesn't matter to you, choose high. You can also select whether or not you want to show mouse clicks in recording. And where to save the file. When you're happy with your choices, and you can tell that your mic's working because every time I talk the little bars activate. If you didn't see that, this is your mic test. You can come back in here, select a new input until you've got it right.
When you're ready to go, click the red button. And you have to choose now, what you want to record. You can click anywhere on the screen to just start recording. It will record everything with this top bar, bottom bar, side bar, everything. Or you can drag the mouse to record only part of your screen. Now think about this as an option. You can record everything but the dock in the top bar. Click to start recording. And now you can start doing your tutorial and drag your programs into the recording area. This will keep it nice and clean if you want.
It's up to you. It's a personal preference. I'm just going to start talking, and I'm clicking a bit here, because when it's all done, I want to show you what the mouse clicks look like. When you're done, click the Stop button. And once I start playing we're going to hear what I just recorded except watch the mouse clicks. Now you can start doing your tutorial and drag your programs into the recording area. You'll see everywhere I click a little black circle is going to appear. We'll keep it nice and clean if you want. It's up to you. It's a personal preference.
I'm just going to start talking. So once you're done, you've got your recording. That was quick and easy and now you can start creating your own tutorials.
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