How to make a video tutorial on a Mac using Quicktime

In the past week or so, I have been asked a few times how Mac users could create video tutorials of their desktops. Fortunately, Snow Leopard includes the latest version of QuickTime, which, while I do have some complaints about Apple having removed a slew of useful features, they did add one that is extremely handy; Screen Recording.

To demonstrate, I’ve made a video tutorial for your viewing pleasure:

Once QuickTime is open, simply go to File –> New Screen Recording (or press Control-Command-N) and the simple interface will appear:

The small triangle on the right side of the window will open the options window, allowing you to select the microphone, quality of the recording, and where the resulting video will be saved.

Once the video is recorded, you can bring it into iMovie, Final Cut Express/Pro, or other editing software and make any additional changes, if you so desire.

Let me know if you have any questions or requests!

2 thoughts on “How to make a video tutorial on a Mac using Quicktime”

  1. Have you ever tried Camtasia, or other software for screen recording? Do you do the audio and video at the same time? I always found it easier for editing to do them separately.

  2. I also use Telestream’s ScreenFlow for screen recording (does an amazing job). Depending on the video, I may record the audio separately.

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