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Screen Movie Recorder for Mac

CNET Editors' review

For a number of reasons, people may want to create videos of their computer's screen activity. Screen Movie Recorder for Mac performs this function poorly, if at all.

Available as a free trial, the program does not list any restrictions or limits on the use of the demo version, but also does not show the full program price. Instead, upon starting the Screen Movie Recorder, a registration pop-up box appears and prompts you to go to an outside Web site for a full version registration code. The program was small in size and easy to download and install. The interface is nonexistent in that there isn't one outside of the drop-down tabs at the top of the screen. As indicated in the sparse instructions, a menu selection starts the recording. After this is selected, you can designate which part of the screen is to be turned into a video. Unfortunately, this is where the program's functionality ended. After we selected the start button and chose the screen size, it no longer functioned. No stop button appeared and we were forced to quit the entire application from the bottom menu.

Despite being a free demo version, Screen Movie Recorder for Mac fails to perform even its limited function. People seeking to record their computer screen should look elsewhere.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Screen Movie Recorder for Mac 4.1.

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All User Reviews

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  • 1.0 stars

    "B-A-D WILL NOT WORK"

    September 10, 2012  |   By ninja91214

    Version: Screen Movie Recorder 4.1

    Pros

    None..... NOTHING

    Cons

    This product is SLOW, UNRESPONSIVE, WON'T QUIT, FREEZES MY COMPUTER, OPENS RANDOMLY. i wasted too much of my time, believe me and everyone here DON'T WASTE YOURS ITS NOT WORTH IT.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Complete rubbish"

    May 23, 2012  |   By dudeishfish

    Version: Screen Movie Recorder 4.1

    Pros

    None whatsoever

    Cons

    Extremely slow
    Records with massive jumps and skips
    Huge file size
    Menubar freezes! Won't stop recording!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Piece of garbage"

    March 9, 2012  |   By camoo33

    Version: Screen Movie Recorder 4.1

    Pros

    None that I can see since I could not get the product to function

    Cons

    Product froze continuously, acted slowly (brand new souped up 8GB ram macbook pro), slowed other applications, would not produce recorded videos, stupid interface, window would appear and disappear seemingly at random, lack of any help or troubleshooting, wasted 20 minutes of my life trying to make it work don't waste yours

    Summary

    Piece of garbage

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Doesn't even work"

    January 18, 2012  |   By Finchopotamus

    Version: Screen Movie Recorder 4.1

    Pros

    Absolutely nothing

    Cons

    Doesn't launch
    Slows computer down
    Doesn't do anything
    Waste of time

    Summary

    It doesn't do a damned thing and slowed my computer down despite the fact that I have a Macbook Pro that can run far superior programs without slowing down.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Works for me"

    April 3, 2011  |   By jacksoncmc835

    Version: Screen Movie Recorder 4.1

    Pros

    this seems to work well , im only using the free trial version which doent seem to expire but am still unsure if it will stop working after so long it doenst say to be honest.

    Cons

    doesnt seem to be sound but i didnt need sound for what i needed it for

    Summary

    If you need a quick video without sounds it will work

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It's Great"

    April 27, 2010  |   By partnershipmedia

    Version: Screen Movie Recorder 3.2

    Pros

    SUPER easy to use. Good quality captures.

    Cons

    Limited configurations but not enough to make it an issue.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Downloaded it, opened it ,all dead even purchase option"

    February 27, 2010  |   By aubweaver

    Version: Screen Movie Recorder 3.2

    Pros

    Could not get it started no response ? no purchase, no register, no nuffin just the general interface which was dead

    Cons

    Then I had trouble getting it off my screen and removing it...??!!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Screen Recorder Review: NO SOUND!"

    February 3, 2007  |   By gusdeneg

    Version: Screen Movie Recorder 2.2

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    As other users noted, a very large file gets created. But, more importantly, THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY SOUND! There is no mention of sound concern anywhere on the site or the included documentation, and, trying to communicate with them sends a Maeler-Daemon response. In the spirit of fairness, this app should be called Soundless Screen Movie Recorder to help folks save time. It does, however, work as far as recording images goes, if you don't mind spending some time with it and accepting the resulting low quality images.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Good software with one drawback"

    April 12, 2006  |   By nistech

    Version: Screen Movie Recorder 1.16

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    In trying to make small fixed movies for training, this seems to make great quality movies. The only drawback is that I can't choose the cursor that shows; a crosshair is the only option.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Tiger/QT7 update?"

    May 9, 2005  |   By lupe

    Version: Screen Movie Recorder 1.10

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    since tiger and QT7, the program fails.

    great program, otherwise. Easy way to grab any animated (or not!) motion on the screen. Sizable window lets you capture the action to QT for as long as you like, it seems. I didn't trt to use it for long movie capture, but an animation on a webpage was captured (without sound).

    I would love to be able to grab a video window from any app, and also capture the sound to a QT movie.

    This program goes part way there.

    Thanks for writing it and please continue to support it.

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