Steve Eichert
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What's the best screen recording app for Mac?

I'm looking to provide a colleague with a screen recording app to record video walk throughs of our software and looking for the best option. Ease of use and reliability are key.
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  1. 20

    Capture your screen

    I use this one for all of my screen recording needs. A super simple free app that lives in your menu bar. Exports to GIF, WebM and MP4. 👌
    TimothyFront-end Developer / UI Designer · Written
    Timothy made this product
    I'm a bit bias since I worked on Kap; but as an actual user of it daily for my full-time job, I can't recommend it enough. I've tried many others and have never been fully satisfied as I have with the ease and quality of Kap and its resulting Kaptures. 🎉
  2. 15
    CloudApp 4.0

    Lightning fast media sharing and screengrabs

    Use CloudApp to record and share videos. I also use native QuickTime Player – just click File > New Screen Recording. QuickTime can also record iPhone/iPad screen by New Movie Recording, you will see yourself but can switch to device via arrow icon near the rec button.
  3. Mark B.
    Mark B.Product Manager, CJ Affiliate · Written
    Free. Simple. Effective. It is missing advanced features, but for simply recording the screen (or a window/area of the screen), a voice/audio stream and highlighting clicks, you can't beat it.
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    Jeff Ski Kinsey
    Jeff Ski KinseyEntrepreneur & Marketing Mad Man™ · Written
    It just works. Free with every Mac.
  4. 3

    A faster way to take screencasts Free + GIF Support

    Wojciech Kocjan
    Wojciech KocjanWeb developer / Product Manager · Written
    Simple to use and has nice function - export to GIF. It's free for <5 minutes videos.
  5. 2
    ScreenFlow 5

    Screencasting and editing software for Mac

    Jonno Riekwel
    Jonno RiekwelProduct Designer · Written
    Great app that has a lot to offer. It feels almost pro, but it stays quite simple to use.
  6. 2

    Ridiculously simple screen recording

    Antoine Yng
    Antoine Yng · Written
    I use this one. Damn simple and free!
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    • Ana Santos
      Ana SantosStarting from scratch

      A friendly request to Ilos team: for early stage startups ie. broke people ;) any chance you could come out with a reasonable price per video instead of monthly fee? Something really really simple to take advantage of the basic that ilos have to offer. Like screen recording, a few edits, GIF converter and that's it.

  7. 2

    Seamlessly record your Mac's screen, microphone and camera

    Harald Eckmüller
    Harald EckmüllerUX Lead, IdeasOnCanvas · Written
    Simple yet powerful tool if you don't need a full fledged editing suite, but rather a robust and lean tool that comes with all the necessary features.
  8. 2

    Fast & easy screenshot and annotation tool

    Ciocanel Razvan
    Ciocanel RazvanCo-Founder of EpicCoders · Written
    I use this one. It's also free and it has screenshots and video recording. As well as annotations that you can add after doing a screenshot. You can also save files to dropbox or even ftp.
  9. Simple menu bar interface for Mac
  10. 1
    Giphy Capture

    Turn anything on your screen into a GIF!

    Lim Chee Aun
    Lim Chee AunProduct Engineer · Written
    I use this pretty often. Can adjust framerate, loop and trim before exporting to GIF or video.
  11. CocoaBob
    CocoaBobLead iOS developer · Written
    It's free and does everything you expect for screen recording.
  12. 1

    The easiest way to share files

    Wilco de Kreij
    Wilco de Kreij3CEO UpViral & Connectio · Written
    Easiest way to record screen captures (both video & GIF) I came across, even after trying pretty much EVERY alternative out there.
    • Douglas Karr
      Douglas KarrMarketing Tech Blog, DK New Media, Cir…

      Tired of complex folder sharing platforms? You just want to send a file quickly and easily? Then this is your app!

  13. 1

    Seamless screen, mic, and camera recording for Chrome

    Amol Umbarkar
    Amol UmbarkarFounder, Amplabs · Written
    I used Loom recently for recording my product screens in chrome. Not sure if you are looking for something like this.
    • Adelaida Diaz-Roa
      Adelaida Diaz-RoaCo-founder @ Nomo FOMO

      Best thing ever. I use it a lot when product testing, it's so much easier to explain when I find a bug to our developers, also works great for recording calls and doing demos or tutorials.

    • Patrick Barnes
      Patrick BarnesCofounder and CEO of Advocately

      I use loom to create screen recordings to send to customers who use our software. It is the best way to answer customers questions about how to do something with a software product. Far superior to explaining via email or with support articles. Not only is it better, it is faster! Yes, it is faster to use Loom's chrome for a screen recording walking the customer through the process than it is to type an email instructing them. Love Loom.