Record a Screencast on Mac OS X using QuickTime X

QuickTimeA lot of the top bloggers have been using video as a medium to illustrate their posts for a long time now. Some of them use proprietary software to make screencasts and some of them just use digital cameras to shoot videos.

With Mac OS X latest incarnation, 10.6 Snow Leopard, however Apple has given everyone a chance to be in the select club of screencasting bloggers.

QuickTime X released with Snow Leopard contains a built-in feature for creating screencasts and uploading them to YouTube. Read on to find out how to make use of this awesome new capability.

Launch QuickTime X from the Applications folder or using Spotlight and Select the New Screen Recording option from the File menu.

QuickTime - New Recording

Click the red square button and select Start Recording to start recording the video.


Now, you can just go about doing your usual business and all your actions on the computer will be recorded.

When you’re done with the screencast, you can either press the Command+Ctrl+Esc command sequence or click the Stop Recording button in the menu bar.

When you stop recording the video, QuickTime saves it in the Movies folder in the user’s home directory and opens up the video and lets you view it. If you’re satisfied with the quality of the video, you can share it with the world using iTunes, Mobile Me or YouTube. Select the YouTube option from the Share menu.

QuickTime Share a video

QuickTime will ask for your YouTube username and password and sign you in to the service. You can now select the Category for the video, add a description, tags and give a Title to the recording. You can even, if you want, mark the video as Personal.


Click Next and Share and QuickTime will export and upload the video to YouTube. YouTube, of course, takes it’s own time to process any video and QuickTime till then, can’t do anything but wait for YouTube to finish.

Once YouTube is finished with the processing, QuickTime displays the link to the YouTube video that you can open to see the video.


Doesn’t the new QuickTime X make creating screencasts a snap ?

Have you ever created screencasts for your blog ? Which software did you guys use for the purpose before QuickTime X came on to the scene ?

6 thoughts on “Record a Screencast on Mac OS X using QuickTime X

  1. Thanks for all your tips! I teach technology to elementary students and am always looking to stay on top of what’s new and exciting (although the students are often sharing new sites with me). You have some great links. Please keep these coming!

  2. You cannot believe how long ive been searching for something like this. Browsed through 10 pages of Google results without finding anything. Very first page on Bing. There this is…. Really have to start using it more often!

  3. Question. Do you know why Final Cut won’t accept a .MOV using the above method? And is there a work-a-round so I can use this method and import into Final Cut? Thanks.

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