Screencasting is a technique used to easily teach something to someone. For example, you can show someone how to get something done on his computer or how to troubleshoot a network issue.
Whatever reason you use screencast for, make sure you are using a good app that captures your scenes properly and in good quality. If you are a Mac user, there are a number of apps that you can use for screencasting.
QuickCast is one of the best and the simplest tools to capture the screen on a Mac. With its very easy to use options, you can get started recording your screen in no time. And what’s more, once you’re done with the recording, you can then easily share it with your friends using the QuickCast URLs.
If the recording that you just did is only a few seconds long, you can have a GIF version created to be shared with your friends.
It is a status bar application that resides in your Mac’s status bar, and that’s where you can operate it from. To start the recording, simply click the app icon and hit the “Quick Record” button. After five-seconds the recording starts.
The app is available for free in the App Store.
2. Tapes: Screencast Sharing
If you don’t mind shelling out a few dollars for a screencating app, then Tapes is for you. Just install the application on your machine and start recording your screen. It allows you to select a part of a screen to record and you can take up to three minutes of video.
Once a screencast is done, it immediately gets uploaded and the link to that video is copied to your clipboard. You can then share it with your friends or on your social media profiles.
The app costs $9.99 and can be downloaded from the App Store.
3. ScreenFlow 5
ScreenFlow 5 is not just a screencasting app. It is also a fully-featured video editor. After capturing your screencast, you can edit it and add annotations, text, and so on to make your tutorial easier to follow.
The app costs $99.99 and is suitable for professionals. You can get it from the App Store.
Want to do more than just screenshots? Voila can help you flexibly capture your screen in high-quality. You can select the area of your screen that you wish to be captured using free-hand or shaped tools, and once you’re done with that, you have a host of tools to decorate your video.
When you have done a number of these screencasts, it might become difficult for you to find these videos later on. The app takes care of this for you. It tags the captured videos to make it easier for you to find them at a later time, so there is no more looking here and there for a video.
There is a free trial that you can download, and the full version costs $14.99.
RecordIt is a tiny app for Mac that lets you record your screen and even have it converted into GIFs. Once you have installed the app, it sits in your status bar and you’re just a click away to start the recording. The preferences panel in the app lets you define some settings for the screencasts that you make. This is to make your videos look the way you want them.
You can download the free trial or go for the Pro version that costs $29.
While there are plenty of screencast apps out there, choosing the one that is best for your needs is difficult. Above are some of the best ones we have chosen for you. Do check them out and let us know if they are useful to you. If you come across any useful screencast apps not in the above-mentioned list, do let us know in the Comments.