QuickTime Player – Movie, Audio, Screen Recording

QTPlayerGiven the “Player” in its name one might not suspect that the QuickTime Player (v10.x) application can capture video and audio streams, and screen animation. While not as full featured as Adobe Captivate it may be all you need for simple media tasks.

The recording features of the application are available under the File menu.

  • New Movie Recording – Camera input
  • New Audio Recording – Microphone input
  • New Screen Recording – All or portion of Finder screen

Need to convert a Flash movie clip to QuickTime? Just use the screen recording option on a portion of the screen. Click the Record icon, define the region, and click the Start Recording button. To stop recording click the Record icon on the menu bar.

Note: The QuickTime Player application will not natively capture sound from an application. The workaround for this is to use an OS X extension like Soundflower. Soundflower acts as a virtual audio device that can redirect audio inputs and outputs.

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OS X QuickTime

QTQuickTime X is Apple’s next-generation media technology that powers the audio and video experience in Mac OS X v10.6 and later. QuickTime X is fundamentally different from previous versions of QuickTime and unfortunately does not implement all of the past functionality (e.g., export formats).

Because of this you may want to install QuickTime 7 Pro. Previous versions of QuickTime are available at


The Pro registration code can be purchased at


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