For reasons too detailed to go into, I collect Mac video screen capture tools. Some are expensive and loaded with every video and audio tool you can imagine. Others are elegant, quickly useful, and inexpensive one-trick-ponies. This is the story of one of the best ever, if it were not for a single deadly flaw.
Video Capture Is Oh So Easy
The app is Screeny. It’s inexpensive. It’s easy to use. When opened, you get a pop up panel and a big red Record button. Screeny also has a grabber box with adjustable handles which can be stretched and moved to any size and location on your Mac’s screen.
Click the red Record button and Screeny records whatever is within the adjustable grabber handles, including movies (and at up to 60 frames per second).
This is just too easy, and the quality of the screen capture is superb.
Screeny comes with presets for specific sizes (good for HD capture, so you don’t have to remember the resolution). Since it lives in your Mac’s Menubar, Screeny is easy to implement. Just click, select the screen size (by preset or simply drag and adjust), click the Record button.
System Audio, Wherefore Art Thou?
Screeny also records your voice from the Mac’s built-in microphone, so you can add voice while you’re recording the screen as a video. That makes it quick and easy to record training and instruction videos.
What’s missing is an option to record the Mac’s system audio. Screeny makes it so easy to record whatever is on your Mac’s screen. I’m thinking YouTube videos, online videos, movies, etc. Those all use your Mac’s system audio and Screeny won’t record that.
Why? Because Apple doesn’t allow apps in the Mac App Store that record system audio. Why? Because that would be a good way for people to rip off video and audio from movies, DVDs, and any other quality media with merely a few clicks.
Thanks to SoundFlower, there’s a free way around that, which then makes Screeny an elegantly useful and inexpensive app to capture screen video (and audio) on your Mac.
Here’s the developer’s video demo of what Screeny can do.
There’s also an option to use CloudApp to share images, links, music, videos, and files via drag and drop, but no option for the more popular Dropbox.
Screeny has an odd snap-to on the drag handles (a built-in problem of Mac OS X Lion), but I would like to see some sort of auto snap-to when the adjustable capture handles bump up against the side of the Mac’s screen.
This is a nicely done, highly Mac-like app, at a remarkable price (when compared to traditional video screen capture apps).