If you spend lots of time conducting tutorials, it can get a bit frustrating when you have difficulty in getting your point across to your audience. After all, certain things just can’t be explained through images and text. Sometimes, what you need is to record the sequence of actions in a video, so that anyone can both see and listen to the steps in your tutorial to better understand the process.
Today we are sharing with you a list of the top 5 screen recording tools for Mac that you can use for free. It will make the process of creating lessons, tutorials, product reviews, and even presentations a lot easier. If you are looking for free screen recording software for Windows, check out this post here.
Jing is a screen capture tool that allows you to capture images, but it also has video recording capabilities. To begin recording, just use the capture tool and drag it to the area you want to record. Once you have selected your area, you can start recording.
Jing includes the option to use the mic when recording, so you can narrate through your steps if that is necessary. It is the perfect tool for creating video tutorials of up to 5 minutes. While you can record your voice, unfortunately, you can’t record your sound system because it’s not designed to capture the system’s audio.
2. Quick Time Player
If you have been using Mac for a while, you’d probably know Quick Time Player is the default Mac video player. But did you know that you could use Quick Time Player to do screen recording too? That’s right, and it’s as easy as opening the player and going to File > New Screen Recording.
You can choose to record your entire screen or just drag your mouse to only select and record a certain area. Best of all, the recording limit is only limited by the available space in your hard drive.
3. Screen Recorder Robot Lite
This is a simple app that you can get from the Apple App Store. Just as one would expect, it lets you select any part of your screen to have it recorded. The video recording only lasts for 200 seconds on the lite version of this app.
The good thing about this app is that your video won’t get watermarked. Besides that, you can also enable the mouse click feature, so that it can detect every mouse click that happens and have them included in the recording.
4. Apowersoft Screen Recorder
This software gives you the ability to do screen recording that can record both your mic input as well your system’s sound. By just clicking on the record button you can then choose to record in full screen, a specific region or only using your web camera. Although the recordings are limited to only 3 minutes per video including watermark, they have a lot other features to justify these limitations.
You can have your videos converted into AVI, MKV, WMV, ASF, 3GP, FLV, SWF or HTML5 directly using the software converter feature. Moreover, you can also create a task schedule to automatically trigger recording at a day and time of your choosing.
Monosnap is a screen capture application that is on par with (or probably even better than) the once free Droplr. We say better because unlike Droplr, Monosnap is free and includes features like in-built image editing, the option to upload your files to your own server and finally screen recording.
It also comes with option of turning on your webcam, mic and system’s audio all at the same time before you start recording. If you are connected to your Monosnap account, once you’re done recording, you can immediately upload and share the link with your friends so that they can stream or download it.