Video Screen Recording Software I Use

I started This Design Girl about 4 months ago (Feb 2017), and I had absolutely no idea how to even screen record for my YouTube Channel. Well a quick google search fixed that.

Back in the day, I use to be a video editor and became a wizard at Adobe Premiere Pro. I could edit a wedding video with 8 hours of raw footage down to a completed 2 hours in about 1.5 working days (12 hours). Fast forward 12 years later, moving to an iMac, I no longer had access to Premiere. And I didn’t want to pay for any more programs! So here’s what I use.

Video Screen Recording SoftwareScreen Capture Recording

QuickTime (Came with my iMac)

Synopsis: It’s very simple to use, just hit the video screen capture option and drag the marquee to select the area of the screen you want to record.  You can record a partial screen or your entire screen. Thumbs up.

Video Screen Recording SoftwareVideo Editing

iMovie (Came with my iMac)

Synopsis: Definitely does NOT come with the bells and whistles of Adobe Premier Pro but it’s not like I have bridezilla’s breathing down my neck. This is sufficient at just doing simple video editing that involves a screen capture and a voice. It didn’t take that long to get acquainted with the program and it does what I need it to do. So double thumbs up.

Video Screen Recording SoftwareTitle Creation and Graphics

Adobe Photoshop

Besides using iMovie for titling, I also use Photoshop for the occasional title job. iMovie is a little limited at doing paragraphs, so Photoshop is the alternative. It is also good for creating custom thumbnails on YouTube, Facebook posts and Instagram posts. A good thumbnail file size for doing anything with 16:9 aspect ratio video is 1280 x 720. If you want consistent branding, make a template including any permanent graphics, logos, fonts, other design elements. Make sure you save copies with a square dimension incase you want to post that same title to Instagram. All you need to do is increase the canvas size at the top and bottom to make is 1280 x 1280 and if you have a background, just make sure it can extend to a square.

Video Screen Recording Software

Audio Recording

The key to any great video tutorial is SOUND! Nobody wants to hear awful sound. So invest in a good microphone. Since I was just starting out, I got a Logitech H800 Wireless Headset with Mic for about $99. The bluetooth part was very quirky due to connection problems, and after recording an entire 20 minute video tutorial only to find out the audio sounded like I was on Mars, I opted to just plug in the cable. If you find the audio lacking in some places, iMovie does let you play with the levels such as bass boost or base reduce etc.

So that is my very basic low cost list. You do not need anything fancy to make it work.