Despite the misnomer, Quicktime Player actually does a lot more than play videos. You can use it to make screen recordings, and it’s oh so easy! Here’s the method I recommend, which involves recording and saving your video using Quicktime, then compressing to an mp4 of reasonable file size using MPEG Streamclip.
Install this software to record from your computer OR reserve time to use the Digital Union recording studio, where we have all the software, hardware, and staff assistance to help you get the job done. Either way, here’s what you’ll need to do.
The resulting video can now be posted to YouTube, uploaded to Mediasite, or wherever you choose to stream or host it. My personal preference is to post on YouTube, for its amazing built-in captioning tool and seamless streaming and sharing functionality. I know a lot of us don’t think about captioning as part of our process, but it is a very important step, and a required one according to the OSU accessibility policy. Here’s a recap of my process:
- Record using Quicktime
- Compress using MPEG Streamclip
- Upload to YouTube for captioning and sharing
This is my go-to method for recording Powerpoint/Keynote presentations, explaining work processes that involve a web component, and making software tutorials for my staff. I love it, and now you know how to do it too! Go forth and enlighten the world, with yo bad self.
*Windows users: I haven’t tried this, but looks like you can use CamStudio in place of Quicktime for screen recording.