There are a few simple screen capture apps that cost less than the premium apps so prices range from a few bucks to $100.
In between are the tools that capture both what’s on your screen, and your voice with on-the-fly audio recording. Me and my Mac have been working diligently on a training project for a civic group (be careful what you volunteer for). Being the resident Mac aficionado who also has a Mac guru husband, I got tabbed for digital duty.
After surveying half a dozen screen capture apps, I settled on Screenium. Why? It’s simple. Most of the features I thought I needed, hence a lower learning curve, and it was priced less than others with similar functions.
Screenium captures whatever is happening on your Mac’s screen. The whole screen, part of a screen, or a specific app’s window. And, it captures audio so you can narrate what’s on the screen and the audio gets recorded and synchronized with the video.
Video? Anything on the screen becomes a movie, which Screenium can edit using tools that look similar to any audio and video editor.
There’s the typical editor timeline, transport controls, and options to drop in text or shapes anywhere on top of the video.
Screenium also gives you an option to record you using the Mac’s built-in iSight camera, so your audio narration becomes video narration embedded in the video of the screen capture.
Other tools give you options to place chapter marks within the video timeline. You can have an onscreen emphasis of mouse clicks or focus in on the menu.
Video clips of the screen capture can be edited and you can add special effects and custom animations. Screenium also lets you drop in other video clips within the timeline.
And, of course, the whole shebang can be exported as a standard QuickTime movie to share with others, upload to a remote server for online viewing, or even upload to Facebook, YouTube, or Vimeo.
One thing Screenium doesn’t do on its own is recored the Mac’s system audio into the timeline. For that you need an extra app.
Otherwise, Screenium is a decent, quick and dirty, screen capture tool with the basic functions you need to create screencasts on the fly.