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Quicktime Screen Recorder is a function of Apple’s Quicktime video player. Like many apps and services out today,Quicktime Logo Quicktime does much more than the primary task for which it is known. In this case, Quicktime comes with built-in functions that allow you to record audio, record from your video camera, and record your screen. It is this last function being reviewed today. How many times have you been asked a question that could be answered in seconds visually, versus many minutes through text or the spoken word? Quicktime’s Screen Recorder function, available from the “File” drop down menu, allows you to record what is happening on your screen. This allows you to walk people through applications and serves with ease. By activating Quicktime’s ability to record audio from your built-in mike you can also talk with the audience as you show them your screen.


None, really. Quicktime Screen Recorder does not have editing functions, so it is a one-take wonder. If you wish to edit, add *bling* or modify the video in some way then you will want to use a video editor. My favorite is ScreenFlow, but free video editors will suffice for many uses. MovieMaker is one choice that comes with the Mac.

Sample Uses

This function has obvious applications to trainers and EdTech Coaches. Also, it can be used to flip classrooms.

Do I plan to use it?

I frequently use Quicktime Screen Recorder to record “how-to” videos when working with teachers on how to use our LMS, SMS, and other services.

Commitment and Learning Curve

Low. Really, it is a matter of finding the function (File->New Screen Recording) and practicing the procedure that you wish to record prior to actually recording.

Best for ES MS or HS?

All. Yes, I think upper-elementary kids can use this function.


Free with the purchase of your Mac, so maybe it costs circa $1200?

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