QuickTime has not simply been updated for Snow Leopard; it has been completely rewritten from the ground up. It’s nothing like the old version 7 in Leopard and there are some fantastic new features, such as the ability to record everything that appears on the screen and save it as a movie. In this tutorial we will be creating a screen recording and then uploading it to YouTube for everyone to view. A search at YouTube reveals there are thousands of Snow Leopard movies. They include reviews, installation, hints, tips, and hidden features. Why not record your favourite tip or feature and share it on YouTube? It’s really easy and takes just a few minutes. You can even add an audio commentary and explain each step as you go. Have a practice run first, then create a movie and upload it. Announce it on Twitter, Facebook and/or your blog.
1: Audio and quality settings
Select File>New screen Recording and the controller is displayed. Click the triangle to select the quality of the movie (Medium should be fine). You can choose whether to record an audio track.
2: Record your movie
Click the Record button in the controller and then Start Recording in the message box that appears. From now on, everything that appears on the screen is recorded in your movie. Click Stop when you have finished.
3: Trim the video
The recording is displayed in a video clip window, but it’s large and cumbersome to manipulate. Select View>Decrease Size twice. Select Edit>Trim and drag the handles at each end to trim the boring end bits.
4: Save and publish
Save the edited recording. Select iPod in the pop-up menu to shrink the movie size so it’s suitable for viewing online. Reload the iPod format clip you saved and choose Share>YouTube to upload it to the web.