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Setting up screen recording

From: Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard New Features

Video: Setting up screen recording

In the previous movie, we saw how the ability to record video and audio are now available for free in the QuickTime X Player while they were previously only available in the paid version of QuickTime Pro 7. But QuickTime X also offers a new recording option not found in any previous version of QuickTime and that's the ability to make a screen recording. A screen recording is essentially a recording of everything that's happening on your Mac's screen along with the option of recording your voice as a narration or explanation of what's happening, which is exactly what you are watching me do right now, only I am not using QuickTime to record the movie you are watching at the moment.

Setting up screen recording

In the previous movie, we saw how the ability to record video and audio are now available for free in the QuickTime X Player while they were previously only available in the paid version of QuickTime Pro 7. But QuickTime X also offers a new recording option not found in any previous version of QuickTime and that's the ability to make a screen recording. A screen recording is essentially a recording of everything that's happening on your Mac's screen along with the option of recording your voice as a narration or explanation of what's happening, which is exactly what you are watching me do right now, only I am not using QuickTime to record the movie you are watching at the moment.

But with this feature you can become your own budding computer trainer and use it anytime you need to demonstrate or explain something on your Mac. If you are watching this tutorial, you'll probably agree that there are some things that are much easier to explain through a video than through writing or verbal explanation. So to create a new screen recording in QuickTime X Player, choose File > New Screen Recording. Here we just get a single Record button. We do have the Arrow button, which again gives you some options. If you want to record your voice or some other audio source to go along with the screen recording, you can choose the Source from under the Microphone settings.

I am going to leave mine set to None for now, and you can also select the quality of the video, either Medium or High. You can see that it's telling me that with medium quality it's going to use the JPEG video compression codec, and for High it uses H.264. Again, you can choose the location of where you want the movie saved and I'll just leave it set to Desktop. So let's try creating a screen recording. And this is going to be a little weird for me because I am currently recording a screen recording of me showing how to record a screen recording. I hope this doesn't destroy the universe or something. So I am going to hit Record.

Next we get this message asking if we are sure we want to record. It's also letting us know that this window is going to disappear while we are recording. To stop the recording, you can click the Stop button in the menu bar which you can see has appeared in the upper right-hand corner. Just in case you don't know where the menu bar is, you can click Show Me, and it can't make it much clearer than that. Now that might seem a bit unnecessary or silly, but if someone were to start recording and not know how to stop it the movie could start filling up the hard drive fairly quickly. Note that you can also press Command+Ctrl+Esc to stop the recording as well.

All right. Let's give this a try. I will hit Start Recording. You can see the icon has now appeared on my Desktop, and that actually might be a good reason to not record to your Desktop if you don't want to see the icon for the movie you are recording. Well, I'll open a window here. Toggle a couple of folders. Good enough. That's my screen recording, and I will click Stop. And there it is. Now it opens up in full size. Note that you can only record your entire screen, and it will record at whatever your display resolution happens to be.

My monitor is setup for 1280x800 right now, so that's the resolution of my movie. Again, we do have different view options in which we could Fit to Screen, or I could just hit Command+Minus sign to reduce the size of the movie, but if I play that back now, you will see that's where the icon appeared on screen. And then here's where I opened the Exercise Files. I know it was a very exciting movie. Notice you can see the Stop Recording button in the menu bar when you are recording.

Alright. So there is my screen recording. I think this is great free built-in feature to have in Snow Leopard. I could very easily see myself using this feature to quickly create a small tutorial for my parents on how to use their Macs, or to send a video of a software bug to tech support. The possibilities really are endless. Again, we'll talk more about how to send these files out into the world a little bit later, but next we'll take a look at another QuickTime feature which gives us new editing capabilities.

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Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard New Features

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  1. 3m 27s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Mac OS X Snow Leopard system requirements
      1m 44s
    3. Using the exercise files
      45s
  2. 5m 23s
    1. Overview of Snow Leopard
      2m 22s
    2. Understanding 64-bit support
      3m 1s
  3. 15m 13s
    1. Using text substitution
      4m 54s
    2. Updating printer drivers
      1m 43s
    3. Working with new fonts
      1m 17s
    4. Seeing improvements to AirPort signal strength
      1m 18s
    5. Using the new thesaurus
      2m 37s
    6. Reviewing new date and time features
      1m 42s
    7. Using screen locking
      1m 42s
  4. 9m 4s
    1. Restoring deleted items
      2m 1s
    2. Reviewing icon enhancements
      3m 49s
    3. Adjusting Spotlight view options
      2m 7s
    4. Using the better drive ejection feature
      1m 7s
  5. 6m 11s
    1. Using scrollable stacks
      1m 51s
    2. Activating Exposé
      2m 51s
    3. Minimizing into application icon
      1m 29s
  6. 9m 50s
    1. Storing top sites
      4m 19s
    2. Searching through your history
      2m 21s
    3. Using full page zoom
      1m 33s
    4. Using Google Suggest
      1m 37s
  7. 20m 20s
    1. Reviewing the new interface
      3m 3s
    2. Using quick video and audio capture
      1m 49s
    3. Setting up screen recording
      3m 37s
    4. Using quick trimming
      1m 46s
    5. Sharing movies
      8m 4s
    6. A word about QuickTime 7
      2m 1s
  8. 7m 14s
    1. Viewing contact sheets
      1m 44s
    2. Using intelligent text selection
      1m 11s
    3. Working with the Annotations toolbar
      1m 13s
    4. Opening multiple documents
      1m 8s
    5. Importing from a scanner
      1m 58s
  9. 7m 48s
    1. General improvements
      58s
    2. Using the flight data detector
      2m 16s
    3. Reviewing the sidebar improvements
      50s
    4. Working with Exchange support
      3m 44s
  10. 4m 41s
    1. Syncing with Google and Yahoo
      3m 4s
    2. Viewing and editing events
      1m 37s
  11. 7m 3s
    1. General improvements
      1m 11s
    2. Displaying past conversations
      2m 13s
    3. Marking and clearing transcripts
      1m 28s
    4. Using multiple status settings
      52s
    5. Working with Quick Look integration
      1m 19s
  12. 14s
    1. Goodbye
      14s

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