Your choices for screen capture on Mac OS X are increasing, both in quantity and quality. Screen capture and screen casting is cake using these low-cost (and sometimes free) applications:
Mac OS X veterans Ambrosia Software produce SnapzProX. They’ve recently updated it to overcome a nasty bug that wreaked havoc with displaying the mouse cursor due to the x86 architecture. It’s slow and pricey. http://www.ambrosiasw.com/utilities/snapzprox/.
Copernicus from Danicsoft provides a free capture utility that it claims will allow you to easily
ScreenMimic allows screen capture to Flash video, SWF, or QuickTime, supports visual clicking, and has other nice features. It’s a bit pricey compared to the competition, though. http://www.polarian.com/products/ScreenMimic.php.
ScreenCasting/Screen Capture on a Severe Budget
I built my Mac OS X screen capture/screencasting tool set on 20 bucks. It has visual mouse clicks, captures webcam video and screen shots, and outputs keyboard entries to the screen as well. Pretty slick for 20 bones.
You can add visual clicking (whereby mouse clicks are visually highlighted) to those screen capture utilities that don’t natively support it by downloading and installing 2Points5Fish.com has a great preference panel that allows you to turn on visual clicking, called MouseLocator. It’s free! Get it at http://www.2point5fish.com/download.html.
If you need to display what keys are being depressed on your keyboard, try:
- Apple’s Keyboard Viewer, formerly called KeyCaps. To activate it, open the System Preferences, then select International and click on the Input Menu tab. Check the “Show Input Menu” box at the bottom of the dialog, and check the Keyboard Viewer option box in the list. Keyboard Viewer is now available on the flag menu.
- If you want a bit more functionality (like a scrolling transcript of what is being typed), check out KeyCastr: http://stephendeken.net/wiki/software/keycastr/.
A common request is the ability to record desktop and video from a web cam. No problem. Simply use iChat AV and preview your webcam output. Put the video window in your screen capture location and you’ve got instant desktop capture and video.
Here’s an example of my screencasting setup for Mac OS X: