Best screencasting app for Mac?
August 15, 2013 9:59 AM   Subscribe

This question has been asked before, but long enough ago that I'd like to see if things have changed: What's the best screencasting app for the Mac?

I teach online college courses, and want to create better educational videos for my students. Needs: record screen and mic audio at the same time, allows basic editing, including adding text, and lets me include a video of myself talking in a corner while the rest of the screen shows my presentation. Wants: user friendly, less than $100. But I could deal with a learning curve and shell out more money if a program is really work it.

Videos will be uploaded to YouTube and linked for student viewing.
posted by Pater Aletheias to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I used ScreenFlow two releases ago and liked it, despite a hopefully-now-fixed problem with my whole project file getting corrupted (should have used Time Machine, I suppose). But it was very intuitive and appealed to my laziness.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 10:11 AM on August 15, 2013

I find Screenflow to still be pretty amazing but it is kind of expensive.
posted by mathowie at 10:38 AM on August 15, 2013

I use CamTwist Studio, which is free, and very powerful. I use it for streaming, but it should be able to save to a file and allows for multiple switchable scenes with hotkeys, overlays/editing, and multiple sources (i.e. a video of me talking in the corner). The site's got great tutorials and I think the dev runs a live weekly show using it that you can view on YouTube.
posted by destructive cactus at 10:39 AM on August 15, 2013

Camtasia for MAc is the best $100 I've spent on software:

Even as a person who feels comfortable in Final Cut and Premiere, I can do good editing quickly with Camtasia.
posted by jander03 at 11:17 AM on August 15, 2013

I am extremely happy with ScreenFlow. Easy yet-powerful-enough editing interface, all around a good time.
posted by pmv at 11:51 AM on August 15, 2013

That helps narrow things down. I think I will get trials of both of those and see which I prefer. Thanks, guys.
posted by Pater Aletheias at 7:12 PM on August 15, 2013

By the way, for anyone browsing this. I noticed that Camtasia has a $75 price for educators. Makes it a bit more affordable.
posted by Pater Aletheias at 7:13 PM on August 15, 2013

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