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In this course, Macworld senior editor Christopher Breen provides a comprehensive overview of Mac OS X Lion, complete with insider tips for getting the most out of the operating system. The course shows how to configure system preferences, personalize the interface, and master gestures, as well as achieve fluency with applications such as Mail, iCal, and Preview. The course also includes tutorials on browsing the web with Safari, automating complex tasks with Automator, sharing over a network, and performing maintenance operations using the disk utility, along with timesaving techniques for using the Mac efficiently.
QuickTime can not only play media, but it can record it too. Let's see how that works. Launch QuickTime. I go to the File menu, and I choose New Movie Recording, and here I am. Hello! So I'll move the window over and you can see me, because if you have an iSight camera or another camera that's attached to your Mac, you can record your video. If you have some kind of audio input device, a microphone for example, you can also record your audio. So let's take a look in the window and see what's going on here.
You see the red record button, if you click that, you record both your audio and your video. And below that you see this meter that's kind of doing this as I speak. That's your audio level. That indicates that not only is sound going in, but you can see what the level is. We'll look at the triangle menu here, and that allows me to choose a different microphone input if I want. For example, I could use my iSight built-in microphone. Quality is not that great, so I'm going to continue to use this microphone. You can also choose the Quality, and this is the video quality, of your movie, so it can be Medium, High, or Maximum.
So let's record something. Hi! This is Chris Breen. Welcome to Mac OS X Lion Essential Training. I'm so glad that you've joined me, particularly to learn about QuickTime. Then I click the Stop button. And here's my movie, so I can play it. Hi! This is Chris Breen. Welcome to Mac OS X Lion Essential Training. I'm so glad that you've joined me, particularly to learn about QuickTime. Then I click the Stop button. And indeed I have stopped.
If I wanted to I again could play this at full screen. It's a little grainy, I'm not sure why I'd want to that, but I could. And just like with playing media files and editing media files in QuickTime, you can share just as you could otherwise. The other ways you could do recordings. I'm going to close this window. You could also record audio. File menu > New Audio Recording, here's the window. And again, you can see the meter, so you can see that I'm talking. If I want to record something, all I have to do is click on the Record button. I speak here.
Notice that it's recording. Tum da dum, dum dum. Yes, and then I click Stop, and if I really wanted to listen to it, it sounds like this. Record button. I speak here. Notice that it's recording. Tum da dum, dum dum. That's right, I'm a trained musician. So we click the Close button and that's it. Now, one other kind of recording we can do is a screen recording. So I choose New Screen Recording. This allows me to capture the action on my Mac's screen.
I will click on the Record button. All I have to do now is click on the Desktop, and I'm recording. Open a few things, drag the window around, close the window, and click Stop. Now I play it back. Now, you'll notice in my recording that when I was doing a screen recording, you could see a little circle that indicated where the mouse was.
The reason is because I'd switched on in options, Show Mouse Clicks in Recording. This is not on by default, but I think it's very helpful if you're trying to show people something that's happening on your screen. So if you're trying to train somebody to do something, that's the way you do it. There's one other option for a screen recording. I click Record. Now, I can record just a portion of the screen. To do that I click and I can drag to create a selection. I let go. Click on Start Recording.
I can move things into this window. Move them around, back up again, and click Stop Screen Recording. It finishes. Shows me the Preview window. Click to Play, and there's my screen capture.
And that's pretty much it. You can record video, audio, and screen capture with QuickTime Player. I think these are cool capabilities and I think you're going to like them.
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