If you have ever wanted to make a quick and easy screencast on the Mac but do not have software like Camtasia or Jing, try using the tools already on your Mac. QuickTime Player is an application that is already on your Mac and it allows you to make screen recordings. If you want to take your screencast to the next level, edit it in iMovie and add titles, transitions, zoom to text, etc. Below are are some steps to get started along with a screencast about screencasting:

In QuickTime Player:

  1. Select File -> New Screen Recording
  2. In the Screen Recorder box, select the triangle drop down tool on the right to check features like sound, quality, and mouse clicks
  3. When you’re ready, click the red record button
  4. Click the screen for full screen recording or click and drag to select a specific area to record
  5. At the conclusion of your screencast press the stop button
  6. From File in the menu bar at the top select Export … and Export the screencast as a video
  7. Once the video is exported, it can be shared or you can take it to iMovie for editing (see the video below)

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  1. where can I find this quick update you are using I have quicktime 10.0 which comes with snow leopard and it does not update to 10.2. Is there some where i can download the this quicktime 10.2 you are using?

    • Quicktime updates with your Mac updates. To get the newest version of Quicktime you would have to upgrade from Snow Leopard. Mavericks is a free operating system upgrade now but we have not recommended it to our staff just yet as there are some management bugs to work out. On a personal computer it would be worth updating if your Mac can be updated. Here is a link to verify: http://www.apple.com/osx/how-to-upgrade/ Hope that helps!

  2. This is a really helpful video. One question: My quicktime does not seem to give me an option to select a screen size to record. It immediately starts recording. Is yours a different version? Mine is quicktime 10.0

    • The newest version of QuickTime is 10.2 and it should update to the newest version for your Mac when you do software updates. You can click on the Apple (top left) -> Software Update and you will be sent to the App Store to update your Mac.
      Just to double check, when you click the record button a message should come up on the screen that says, “Click to Record the Full Screen. Drag to record part of the screen.” I missed that the first dozen times I used it. You should be able to click and drag to select a small part of the screen to record. Hope that helps!

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