Free Screencast Software Built Right Into Mac OS X

By March 16, 2016 2 Comments

I love creating video training tutorials for my clients. I find them to be very effective at demonstrating features or functionality quickly and effortlessly. If you own a Mac, did you know that you too can create these video without any additional software? Enter QuickTime Player.

QuickTime Player is used primarily for video playback but, hidden behind a simple menu, you can also record video. This feature is one that I find many people do not know about. So, I’m here today to show you exactly how you too can create simple video tutorials, or screencasts, for free!

Getting Started

Fire up QuickTime Player and go to File > New Screen Recording

New screen recording

Yes. It’s that simple.

Now, click the record button and drag the boundaries you’d like to set for your screencast.

Recording boundary


Click the ‘Start Recording’ button to begin recording your screen.

Want to record your voice as a part of the screencast? No problem! Just select the dropdown arrow next to the record button to select your audio input device.

Audio input


Now that you’ve recorded your video, let’s get it hosted on a video streaming service.

From you recorded video window, select the Share dropdown and choose Vimeo or YouTube. *Note you will need to linked your Vimeo or YouTube account to your Mac in order to upload directly to your online space.

Video options


And that’s it! Easy, right?

Do you have any other free recording screencast tools that you like? Let me know in the comments.

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  • zippy says:

    I just discovered this tool myself today. But there is a small drawback with the built-in Quicktime solution… it records at your current screen resolution, at 60 fps, and in stereo audio. That is a lot of unnecessary data and bandwidth if you want to produce a small file that is easily transferred and downloaded. You can down-res the file but if you want to reduce the frame rate and audio channels you must modify it in another program.

    • Wendy Pitts Reeves says:

      Zippy, would that be taken care of by running the file through a video converter? I was looking at using Screenflow or Screenflick for slilde-based on-line training, but perhaps Quicktime would work just as well….

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