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. 22

    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. 🎉
    Simple, free, configurable output types, FPS, and size. It would be nice to see a preview of the FPS and size on the preview screen, but it is perfect otherwise.
  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.