QuickTime Player, the default media player for Mac OS X, also has some powerful recording capabilities. With the recording features, you can create brief tutorials for your students that demonstrate common tasks they need to know how to complete on their computers (saving assignments, navigating the class website, etc.).

To create a new screen recording with QuickTime Player:

  1. Launch QuickTime Player and choose File, New Screen Recording (the keyboard shortcut is Control, Command, N).
    File, New Screen Recording in QuickTime Player.
  2. Press the Record button.
    Record button in QuickTime Player controller.
  3. A screen with additional instructions will appear. Choose Start Recording and begin your tutorial.
  4. When you’re finished, click on Stop Recording on the Menu Bar.
    Stop Recording option in OS X Menu Bar.
  5. To edit your recording, click on the arrow on the right side of the QuickTime controller at the bottom of the window and choose Trim.
    Edit, Trim in the QuickTime Player controller.
  6. Drag the handles to select only the frames you want to keep in your recording.
    Edit handles in QuickTime player timeline (used to trim).
  7. When you’re happy with your selection, choose Trim. The grayed out frames will be removed from the beginning or end of your recording.
  8. To save your edited tutorial, choose File, Save As.
  9. Select a format and save location, then choose Save. Your tutorial will be ready for upload to a website where students can access it.
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