I’m not sure it pays to conduct an app survey or audit on my Mac. It might pay Mac app developers because I tend to have two or three apps in every category. There might be some kind of hoarding issue going on, thanks to 3-terabyte Fusion disk drives. The latest duplicate to be added to my Mac is Screenium, a Mac screen capture tool that lets you capture the Mac’s screen as a video, the edit the video clips into a screencast, or presentation video.
What sets Screenium apart from other Mac video screen capture tools is the speed, features, workflow capability, and price. It’s actually one fourth the price of Camtasia, one of my favorites. Screenium doesn’t have all the same bells and whistles but the ones it does have are the ones you’ll use.
Screenium records everything on your Mac’s screen and does it at 60-fps, including Macs with Retina displays. Yes, it records the screen on an iMac with Retina 5k display. It’s easier to setup and use than iMovie with options that favor screencasts, instruction videos, or tutorials.
Screenium lets you record the entire screen, a selection on the screen, or any specific app window.
For most screen capture projects you won’t need to dump the recorded video into another Mac app to add effects. Most of what you need is built in, including frame stroke, corner radius, shadows, editing tools, video effects, and animation.
You can also do a voice over of the captured video and have it recorded into the video timeline. Should you prefer to use the Mac’s system audio there’s a free add-on utility which makes that happen (a problem with most screen capture utilities).
Three of the most important aspects of screen capture apps include the ability to do what is called a housepainter visualization so viewers can see what the mouse is doing onscreen when clicked, picture-in-picture, and an option to zoom in on a portion of the captured video.
Unlike iMove, Screenium uses the time honored horizontally scrolling video and audio track timeline with standard editing tools and transport controls.
Also built in are the necessary sharing tools. From within Screenium you can upload finished video projects to Vimeo, Facebook, YouTube, and Flickr. Which is better? Screenium, ScreenFlow, or Camtasia?
The value app is Screenium. It does not have all the features of the other two, but what it has are what most of us use for screen casting, and it’s priced much less.