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I found a screen recording feature of QuickTime X very useful. Except you can't pause the recording, as in most other screen recording programs. Or can you?

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  1. record as usual
  2. when ready to pause, move your mouse over to the recording box and click anywhere to activate that box (the Quicktime Program)
  3. press "option button" on keyboard and the record bar will change to Pause ||
  4. BUT, this DOES NOT PAUSE the timer, to do that,click the Pause ||
  5. Now, it's truly PAUSED and you can let go of the "option" button
  6. Now, the record button turns RED, when in this mode, it's PAUSED
  7. To restart recording, simply click the RED button
  8. Do steps 2 to 7 all over again for another pause in your recording
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Are you sure about this? Doesn't seem to work in Mountain Lion. Besides you then still have to edit out the mouse movements to/from the QT window so I don't see a benefit to recording individual segments. – patrix Oct 31 '12 at 15:16
I tried this with success on Mountain Lion. @patrix, you need to make sure that you focus on the quicktime window (click on it) before option button will have any effect. – Halst Jun 18 '13 at 8:57
but I wish there was a keyboard shortcut for pause/resume – Halst Jun 18 '13 at 8:57
This only worked for me if I during step 2 clicked Qucktime and then pressed ESC to bring up the recording box. Without the ESC there is no recording box on newer versions. – Christopher Käck Sep 1 '15 at 12:58

There are two options you can exercise, and they both involve post processing.

You could either stop the recording in lieu of a pause, and start a new one, then splice them together in post; or, keep recording, and manually trim/cut out the middle aspects you wished to pause through.

If audio accompanies these recordings, I suggest using an audible cue that you've reached a pausing point. Anything sharp such as a clap is a great marker to remind you down the road where exactly to trim the fat.

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