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I've used http://screenr.com/ before but for company things it's not appropriate since it becomes public. I need something that lets me record my screen and gives me a small well encoded file that I put into dropbox.

What's my options?

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Quicktime

You can use QuickTime Player to record everything that happens on your computer’s screen or on a portion of your computer’s screen, along with your narration, if you’d like. This is called a screen recording.

  1. In QuickTime Player, choose File > New Screen Recording.
  2. Choose options for the screen recording from the arrow pop-up menu.

    • If you want to record yourself speaking as you use the computer, choose an audio input source below Microphone in the pop-up menu.

    • Choose whether you want the recording to be medium or high quality. High quality results in a larger file size.

[Edit/update by Helen Ayres: Jan 2020] You can no longer choose screen recording quality up-front in Mojave, unfortunately. A workaround in QuickTime (without having to download or purchase any additional software, so all done in <1 minute!) is to record your full-fat version - 1 minute averages about 100Mb - then open the movie in QT.

  1. File

  2. Export As

  3. 480p

This reduced my 107Mb file to 17.7Mb so I could then email it, and didn't need to bother with Dropbox etc. You can only do this when the QT file is open; you can't perform this file size reduction in eg Finder as the 'Export As' option will be greyed out.

Screenshot showing the steps above:Screenshot of simple steps to reduce QT screen recording file size [End of edit - Hope I've followed edit protocol correctly folks, as this is my first post, it's a little long for an edit I think; I would have posted a comment underneath but being a newbie, I'm not allowed to yet ;o) ]

  • If you want mouse clicks to be visible in the recording, choose “Show Mouse Clicks in Recording.”

  • If you want to change where the recording is saved, choose Choose, and then select a new location.

    1. Arrange the computer windows as you want to capture them, and then click the Record button.
  • If you want to record only a portion of the screen, drag the pointer to select the portion of the screen you want to record, and then click Start Recording.
    To adjust the portion of the screen you selected, drag the small gray circles along the edges of the screen recording rectangle or drag the entire screen recording rectangle to another location on the screen.

    • If you want to record the entire screen, click anywhere on the screen to start the recording.

    4.To stop the recording, click the Stop button, or press Cmd ⌘ Ctrl ⌃ Esc .

Source: Apple KB - QuickTime Player 10.x: Record your computer’s screen

From comments…
If the file sizes are still too large, there is Apple's own excellent Compressor ($49.99) or for a simpler approach, still with many possibilities, you could look at SmartConverter (freeware)

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    That's what I would go with too. If you want very small video files, you should try compression softwares like Compressor to reduce your recording file size. In general, Quicktime will make video files that are small enough, but if you need additional control, Compressor is awesome for that. – LaX May 16 '15 at 10:30
  • Good suggestion - I'll add that into the answer with another, freeware possibility. – Tetsujin May 16 '15 at 10:38
  • I don't see the recording quality option on my QuickTime (Version 10.5, Mojave) and the option isn't listed on the KB article support.apple.com/guide/quicktime-player/…. An hour long recording of a portion of the screen is 13GB! BTW, there's also an option to record sound from the computer if you install Soundflower. – RubberDuckRabbit Dec 23 '19 at 7:20
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Actually, with Mojave, you can just press Command-Shift-5 and select to record either a single screenshot, or a screen recording.

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(Picture taken from https://www.macrumors.com/how-to/take-screenshots-in-macos-mojave/ which also offers more details on how it works)

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    This is awesome but lacks any quality settings. To be honest, most times it records at a quality that is MUCH higher than I need. Which makes the video files massive. – Frank Apr 2 at 12:11
  • @frank There are various ways to reduce video size afterwards. If you need help with that and don't find a solution, please consider asking a new question for this. – nohillside Apr 2 at 12:16
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Update Jan 2020: You can no longer choose screen recording quality up-front in Mojave, unfortunately. A workaround in QuickTime (without having to download or purchase any additional software, so all done in <1 minute!) is to record your full-fat version - 1 minute averages about 100Mb - then open the movie in QT.

  1. File

  2. Export As

  3. 480p

This reduced my 107Mb file to 17.7Mb so I could then email it, and didn't need to bother with Dropbox etc. You can only do this when the QT file is open; you can't perform this file size reduction in eg Finder as the 'Export As' option will be greyed out.

Screenshot showing the steps above:enter image description here

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iShowU can do screen recordings. You can ajoust the framerate, resolution and whether it should track mouse movements or not for a smaller file size. It is $29.95.

If you need to convert, compress or crop an existing recording, try Handbrake (it's free).

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