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Mac OS X has been rewritten from the ground up, and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard New Features highlights all of the most important and user-relevant aspects of this release. Experienced instructor and lifelong Mac user Garrick Chow introduces current Mac users to the improvements in the latest OS. While not a complete overhaul of the operating system, this update does address a fair number of internal systems and external user features. Garrick explores all of these updates, including enhancements to the Finder and the Dock and a completely revamped QuickTime player. He shows the wealth of improvements to built-in applications like Safari, Preview, iChat, and Mail, and explains the updated 64-bit support within Snow Leopard.
QuickTime player in Snow Leopard now allows you to easily capture live audio and video directly from your Mac's iSight Camera, FireWire Camcorder or Microphone. This is a capability that was previously only available to people who upgraded to Pro version of QuickTime 7, but now anyone with a copy of Snow Leopard can record video and audio in QuickTime for free. Just go to the File menu and choose either a New Movie Recording, or a New Audio Recording if you only want to record sound. I will choose Movie. Here I am on Camera in my dark, dark booth.
I have a FireWire Camcorder connected to my Mac right now and this is what we are looking at. Now if you have more than one camera attached to your Mac, you can choose which camera you want to record from by clicking the little Arrow button here and you can choose the camera. I only have the one here in this case. You can choose your Audio Input, the quality of the movie: Medium, High or Maximum, and where you want to save the movie to. In this case I am just going to choose to save to the Desktop, and once you have those settings set, all you have to do is hit the Record button, and now we are recording a movie.
So here I am sitting in the booth recording a movie, and I think that's enough. There is my movie sitting on the desktop, really doesn't get much simpler than that. It works pretty much the same for audio recordings. If I choose File > New Audio Recording - let's close this for a moment - you see I just get an Audio window here. And all I really have here is the Record button, but I can still choose what my input device is going to be, the quality of the recording, and where I want to save it. We'll talk about what you can do to share these recordings with friends and family in a little bit, but first you might have noticed that we have another option under the File menu labeled 'New Screen Recording' and we'll take a look at that in the next movie.
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