Both of those methods are simple screen capture tools.
What if you want to capture your Mac’s screen in a movie? Even QuickTime Player does that. Click File. Select New Screen Recording. But there are no bells and whistles. It’s just a raw video recording of the Mac’s screen.
Professional screen capture tools record every action on your Mac’s screen as an editable video clip. Once the screen is recorded, clips can be edited, transitions can be added, and special effects dropped in.
The classiest, most feature laden way to record movies of your Mac’s screen requires a dedicated app. Here in the office we use Camtasia for Mac.
What sets Camtasia apart from other screen grabbers and QuickTime Player are the options. Not only does Camtasia capture what’s on your Mac’s screen as a video, it can also capture a picture-in-picture video of you and your audio. That’s a perfect way to narrate what you’re doing on your Mac as a video within a video.
Camtasia records every action on your Mac’s screen as a video clip, but also gives you a traditional video and audio editing timeline. That means you can drop in text, graphics, static photos, even other video clips.
The latest version adds an attractive Green Screen effect (chroma key) so you can be dropped in over the video on your Mac’s screen. Screen captures can be edited in size, color and audio can be enhanced.
Clickable hyperlink hotspots can be dropped into the video so when a user clicks, a web page opens. Video clips can be edited for length by changing the clip speed.
All these features make Camtasia the app of choice for creating interactive video training and promotional videos where your Mac’s screen takes center stage.
Once a video is captured, edited, and combined with special effects, it’s easy to share it on Screencast.com, or your YouTube account.
The thing to remember about using Camtasia is that it’s a professional tool, more akin to using Final Cut Pro X or Logic Pro than using QuickTime Player or Garageband. The feature list is extensive and you’ll need to devote time to learning even the basics.
The end result of a recorded and edited video is high quality video, high quality audio, all combined with standard video and audio editing in a production recording that’s broadcast quality.