My review methodology is simple. I review what I like, what I use, or what I would recommend to family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers (knowing that there’s a certain amount of personal support that comes with a recommendation). Here’s an interesting Mac app that I’ve never seen elsewhere.
It’s called Rewind. Think of it as an instant video replay for whatever just happened on your Mac’s screen. There is precedent for instant replay and we see it everywhere in sports. But on a Mac’s screen?
Rewind efficiently and continuously records your Mac’s screen so at any moment you can rewind to see an “instant replay” movie of the last 60 seconds of what was shown on screen.
That required me to try it out and all I can say is, ‘it works.’ Rewind constantly records what is happening on the Mac’s screen and saves it as a movie that you can stop and rewind to see what just occurred. Settings are basic and expected. Choose the video recording frame rate and the video size.
Rewind comes with Mac power user controls and settings, too– the keyboard shortcut that hits the Rewind button to rewind the last minute of screen video.
There’s no need to export a video file, save a video file, or even open QuickTime.
Rewind also makes it drop dead simple to share your Rewind video via the Mac’s built-in Sharing button. Save the video to the Mac and Photos, email with Mail, send as a Message attachments, move it to notes, or hit the social network buttons; YouTube, Flickr, Facebook, and Vimeo.
What’s really nice with Rewind are the little features you would expect. For example, Rewind lets you open the video recording, play it back, of course, but also trim and edit the video clip– it’s only 60-seconds, so it’s a clip– so you can view only the highlight of the rewind that you want.
The only real question or concern I have about Rewind is this.
Why do you need a 60-second video rewind of what’s going on with whatever is on the Mac’s screen? Alright, not every needs this, but those who do will know it right away. Mac app developers or programmers who try to track down bugs will love it. So will Mac gamers who don’t want to record an entire game session but want to see exactly what happened when they didn’t make it to the next level.
You get the idea, right? Different strokes for different folks but Rewind is unique, works very well, doesn’t cost much, and is try-before-you-buy.