Capture video from Mac, iPhone and iPad – how it works!

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Pictures say more than words – but films are sometimes even more meaningful than pictures. Therefore, the screen of your Mac, iPhone and iPad can also be filmed and not just “photographed”. We’ll show you how to do it and also introduce you to some apps that will help you accomplish your Mac more comfortably than with Quick Time.

Anyone who is even halfway familiar with the Mac, iPad or iPhone knows the problem: Family members, friends or acquaintances often seek advice. In many cases, however, a briefing by phone or e-mail, whatsapp or iMessage not enough and screenshots are not always meaningful enough – whether you want to illustrate several steps in a row or create a small tutorial to someone about new features of the operating system or to teach an app. The same applies to error messages that you have to send to the hardware manufacturer or software developer. And last but not least, you can use a small movie to introduce games or tips on how to move up a level in a game.

Both on the Mac and on the iPhone and iPad, it’s enough to make small screencasts , Apple’s on-board means off. In macOS you can use the QuickTime Player to film the screen, on iOS 11 using the new screen capture. If you have higher demands, then there are numerous apps for the Mac, which make not only the recording, but also the further processing of the films more comfortable and professional.

Advantages of Screencasts

  • Several Worksteps Show
  • Processes Clarify
  • Visualize Error Messages and Errors
  • Show New Functions
  • Show Games
  • Give game tips

Mac Capture

The quickest way to “film” the screen of your Mac is with QuickTime Player. You will find the well-known app in the “Applications” folder. Open it and select “New Screen Capture” in the “File” menu. Start the recording with the red record button. If you want to create the video with sound, click on the white arrowhead and then on the entry “Internal microphone”. If you want to film the entire screen, just click with the mouse.

To select only one section of the screen, drag the mouse over a frame over the desired section and then click on “Start recording”. Carry out your work steps. To stop recording, click on the record button in the top right corner of the menu bar. Then play the video for a short time and save it under the name you want. You can also use the Export As command to save the video in a format other than Quicktime Movie encoded with the H.264 codec.

Please note that you are watching the video with the Can not edit or even trim QuickTime Player. To do this, use Apple’s iMovie app or third-party screencast software, of which we’ll show you a small selection on the following pages.

iOS Capture

With QuickTime Player, you can capture not only screen captures from the Mac, but also from create an iOS device. If you have an iPhone or iPad that runs on an earlier version of iOS up to and including version 10, this is the only way to work with the on-board tools of your Mac. To do this, connect the iOS device to the Mac with a Lightning to USB cable.

Start QuickTime Player and choose New Capture from the File menu. To record the screen of the iOS device instead of the screen of your Mac, click on the white arrowhead and then on the entry “iPhone” or “iPad”. Click on the record button to start the recording. Please unlock the iPhone or iPad beforehand and carry out the corresponding work steps. To stop recording, proceed as if you were taking the screen of your Mac.

iOS 11 makes it easier

If iOS 11 is already installed on your iPhone and / or iPad as the operating system, then the Screen capture even easier and is possible directly with on-board means. However, you must first add the corresponding function to the control center. Open the “Settings” and select a entry “Control Center”. Here, tap “Customize controls.” Use the green plus button next to the Screen Capture control to take it to the Control Center.

To take the screen capture of your iPhone or iPad, do the following: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to the screen Control Center display. There you will find the white recording switch on the bottom right. Start recording by tapping on it. The recording starts after three seconds and the recording switch turns red. Now run all the apps and steps you want to show. To stop recording, touch the record button again.

The video is automatically backed up in the Videos album in the Photos app. Here you can forward or send it to iMovie for processing. If you only want to shorten the beginning and the end, then you can also do this with the photo app. Select the video and tap the white arrowheads left or right. A yellow frame appears and you move it right or left to cut the video at the beginning or end. With a tap of the “Done” button you can “Save as a new clip”.

Screenshots on Mac: Professional Tools

Capto: Capto – formerly Voila – is not just a screencast Software, but also serves to create, edit and present screenshots and videos. In addition to the extensive functions for screencasts, the app has numerous functions for managing and publishing.

When the on-board tools are not enough: selected screencast apps

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