Screenium 3: Tom's Mac Software Pick

Capture Gameplay, Create Tutorials, Direct a Screencast

Screenium screen recording app
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Screenium 3 from Synium Software is a screen recording app that can capture any video (as well as audio) on your Mac’s display. Screenium is designed for ease of use, but it packs all the capabilities needed for turning the recordings into a professional screencast.

Screenium includes a built-in editor that allows you to edit your recording by adding text, images, videos, voiceovers, animations, and other audio and video effects.

When you're ready, you can export your recording to a file, upload it to YouTube, or send it via Mail, among other possibilities.

Pro

  • Can record up to 60 fps.
  • Works with 4K and 5K displays.
  • Record audio from apps as well as from a microphone.
  • Record screen as well as video from a camera.
  • Lots of mouse capture options.
  • 4 capture modes, including capturing an iOS device connected to your Mac.
  • Editor provides multiple tracks in the timeline.
  • Multiple video effects and transitions available.
  • Supports chapter markers.

Con

  • Some common file formats not supported.
  • Requires Soundflower for advanced audio recording.

I’ve used a few screen recording apps in the past, but I've always found Screenium to be one of the easiest to use while retaining many of the advanced features needed for complex workflows.

That makes Screenium a great choice for everything from tutorials to capturing gameplay in your favorite Mac game.

Installing Screenium 3

Screenium 3 installation is basic drag and drop. Put the Screenium app in the Applications folder, and for the most part, you're ready to go. There is, however, a gotcha. Screenium can capture audio from your Mac mic and some Apple apps. But if you want to include system sounds, or the audio being produced by any app on your Mac, you need to install a third-party audio driver from Rogue Amoeba called Soundflower.

Currently, Soundflower for Yosemite and El Capitan is in beta. If all you need is the ability to record audio from your Mac’s built-in mic, from iTunes or from a game, you should be able to do so without having to install the beta version of Soundflower.

Using Screenium 3

Screenium opens with a simple interface that invites you to select one of four different presets for starting your screen recording. You can select an area on your screen to record, record the full screen, record any one window, or record the screen from a connected iOS device.

Underneath these four options are the recording configurations you can select. For instance, opening the Video settings lets you select the frame rate. Open the desktop item, and you can choose to hide the desktop background and replace it with another image or fill the entire desktop with a selected color. Mouse lets you include the mouse in the recording, or highlight when the mouse is clicked. The other options available cover selecting audio input, camera, and setting up a timer to use while recording.

Once you have the settings the way you want them, you can start the recording by picking the type: Area, Fullscreen, Single Window, or iOS Device.

When you're done recording, you can turn the recording off from the Screenium menu bar item, from the dock icon, or with a keyboard combo you set up.

Screenium Editor

The Screenium editor is where you'll spend the most time, editing your screen recording. Screenium uses a full-featured editor that allows you to cut, move, and insert items into the one or more tracks on the timeline. At a minimum, you'll find a video track. In addition, there may be audio tracks, a track for a camera, and tracks for stills, text, animation, and more.

The editor supports adding images, text, video snippets, shapes, transitions, and video and audio effects.

There's also an option to add a voiceover while viewing the clips. You can even generate speech using the Mac’s text-to-speech system.

The editor is easy to use and has advanced capabilities, such as creating dependencies between items, building animations within the editor, and inserting chapter markers.

Exporting Your Screen Recording

Once you've completed your recording, performed any needed edits, and added your voiceover (if any), then you're ready to export your screencast to share with others. Screenium can upload your creation directly to YouTube and Vimeo. In addition, you can export it to Mail, Messages, Facebook, and Flickr, send it by AirDrop to another device, or simply export it as a video file that can be used in other video apps.

Final Word

Screenium is an easy-to-use screen recording app, but its ease of use doesn't mean it lacks features and capabilities. Screenium easily performs on par with much more expensive screen recording systems and is capable of producing professional results.

Screenium is $49.99. A demo is available.

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