OSX Screencast App with tons of specific features?
February 17, 2012 10:21 AM   Subscribe

Cheap screencast app with simultaneous webcam and audio recording for OSX? A few more catches, too...

I am doing a study where I sit folks down at a computer and ask them to perform some tasks on a website. The name of the game here is to capture everything that happens while the user sees only a regular website and cursor with no crazy things when he/she clicks or types and no image of his/her face on screen.

I will record and process all this on OSX Lion 10.7.3.

I need to record the their faces (with the isight camera?), their voices, their screen, their mouse clicks (and scrolls, if I can). (Don't worry, they'll sign a form that explains that all this is being recorded.)

I'd like the their mouse cursor to be highlighted so it's easy to follow their movements, but that's not a deal-breaker for me.

All of this has to be stored locally, and it can never be uploaded to a remote server.

In the end, I'd like all that information to be nicely viewable from one movie file (.avi, .mov, or whatever) with the user's face as a picture-in-picture.

I want it to be sub-$15.
I know Quicktime can record screen/web/audio simultaneously, but it shows the user's face on the screen if I want that to all be one file. It also doesn't record mouse clicks.

I'd accept breaking any of this process up into multiple steps/apps, but I don't know where to begin or what divisions make sense.

Is all this too much to ask?
posted by cmchap to Computers & Internet (3 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I think you might be out of luck if you want it for under $15 - but Silverback looks like it might do what you need.
posted by backwards guitar at 11:16 AM on February 17, 2012

Depending on how quickly you can get your study done, you can take advantage of the 30 day free trial here: http://silverbackapp.com/. I think sub-$15 for a really seamless solution might be a lot to ask, but I could be wrong. You can try googling "usability study software mac" and similar, as that seems to be what you are looking for.
posted by freezer cake at 11:16 AM on February 17, 2012

I used an application called ScreenFlow for work a while ago. It was $99 but it will do most of the things you are asking for. There is a free trial, so you can teste it out but until you buy it there is a watermark on the video.
posted by rip at 6:36 AM on February 18, 2012

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