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Screenium for Mac

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As screencasting software gets better and easier to use, people have found more and more uses for recording and sharing live video from their Mac's screen--from hands-on tech support to online gaming braggadocio. Screenium has long been one of the best options for Mac users who want to record video and audio captured from their desktops, and the jump to 2.0 has made the app even better.

Screenium can help you record full-screen, or in a single window or prescribed area, and the app captures anything and everything -- including streaming video, microphone audio commentary, picture-in-picture of your iSight or other camera, and a virtually unlimited number of video sources. The best improvement in the updated Screenium is an integrated, multitrack video and audio editor, so you don't need to rely on a separate editor or iMovie to clean up and organize your screencasts. Screenium also makes it easy to export your finished product (in any format supported by QuickTime), and Screenium add lots of cool extras, like options that let viewers know what's happening with your mouse clicks while you're narrating the onscreen action.

With its easy interface and copious capabilities, Screenium is still one of the best values out there for screencasting software.

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All User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It does everything I need, now and well into the future"

    August 26, 2013  |   By ETS1

    Version: Screenium 2.1.5

    Pros

    Very flexible configuration and excellent quality audio and video capture.
    Visualization of cursor and mouse clicks can be very useful when documenting "how to" video.
    User interface provides helpful hints without clutter.
    The video library is any folder you can select in the Finder, including network drives.
    The PDF manual is helpful and well organized.

    Cons

    It is complex and takes some time to learn. New users may get frustrated.

    Summary

    The very negative reviews I have seen so far are (a) for early versions; and/or (b) by users who seem to think they could just jump in and drive a complex piece of technology. Take some time to read the manual if you are a new user. Learn how to select exactly what audio you do and do not wish to capture along with the video. Also, you can configure keyboard shortcuts for several functions. If you are a power user documenting or making a training video, plan ahead so that the keyboard shortcuts you use of in your video do not conflict with the ones you want to use with Screenium while it is in recording mode (especially the Record, Stop, and Pause functions).

    Updated on Aug 26, 2013

    I misspoke about the video library location. It is always in the user's home "Videos" folder. The home folder can be moved but that's not something I would recommend. What I said was valid for versions 1.x. You accomplish nearly the same result through the Export function in 2.x. There you can specify any available directory.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Horrible experience"

    November 20, 2012  |   By Daniel Buus

    Version: Screenium 2.1.1

    Pros

    It is able to capture video.

    Cons

    The interface is terribly confusing. You start out in what looks like a settings page with tabs. If you click a tab, the program seems to crash, but apparently it starts capturing. You don't know where it writes its files (and cannot control it), you don't know how to stop it (but find out eventually that it's a right-click on its icon in the dock), and then you wait while it says "embedding watermark" and hangs indefinitely untill you have to kill it from a Terminal window. If it doesn't hang there, it'll hang after a "successful" capture saying that it's an "unregistered copy" giving you two buttons two click on, Buy... or OK, both of which just say, "Boing" and do nothing. Again, you have to kill the application from a Terminal window.

    Great. Now I have to search for the files that it has written somewhere on my drive... But first, to uninstall this app.

    Btw, if your display is 800 pixels high or less (like my Macbook Pro or an 11" Air), the windows are cut off.

    Summary

    Sucks

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Quicktime 7?"

    November 16, 2011  |   By Ondrax

    Version: Screenium 1.5

    Pros

    It seems equipped with appropriate set of settings. It also can record audio internally, which is good when recording presentations.

    Cons

    I didn't manage to record my Keynote presentation. It requires so much VRAM that the slideshow won't play. Also, for some reason, playing the recorded movies requires Quicktime 7 which I really don't have on my Mac anymore. It's QT 10 time today...

    Summary

    So my trial wasn't a success - I didn't manage to record a keynote slideshow. Pity. I'll look further.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Affordable, capable, & well maintained capture software"

    July 12, 2011  |   By brunerd

    Version: Screenium 1.5

    Pros

    Great interface! Option are well laid out and easy to choose. The mouse area capture with preset sizes and title safe zone HUD while recording is nice.

    Cons

    Video compression is always a dark art, would be nice to see preview of settings, and perhaps more templates.

    Summary

    What a refreshing price compared to other products and it's updated often, in fact it's already 10.7 compatible before 10.7 has come out! Way to go, German developers are the best!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This is absolutely amazing."

    February 1, 2011  |   By lolfacehead

    Version: Screenium 1.3.3

    Pros

    This is a very good quality recorder, enough to satisfy me.

    Cons

    Nothing is bad about this product.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "had to switch to iShowU"

    January 31, 2011  |   By shishdim

    Version: Screenium 1.0.7

    Pros

    it got job done for me for a while

    Cons

    a resource hog: I would have to restart as it was slowing down the cursor on my Smart Notebook application. My tutorials would get out of sync when uploading to Vimeo at some point. Had to convert them before uploading.

    Summary

    Not much time here, but I just wanted to warn others. I make online tutorials for my classes, and I bought Screenium several months ago based on good reviews I found online. It turned out to be a bad choice. It was slowing my Mac if I did too many restarts of a video, I had to convert originally created videos in QuickTime or they would show in black on Vimeo, and what finally made me give up on it and just buy iShowu HD was that my videos would get out of sync with the sound after I uploaded them online. I got tired of trying to figure this problem out and just bought iShowu a few days ago. It works like a charm. I wish I went with iShowu from the beginning.

    Cheers,
    Dmitry

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good enough with small errors"

    January 1, 2011  |   By Miss_Nothing_x

    Version: Screenium 1.3.3

    Pros

    This is a very good app to download with good quality and simple to use!

    Cons

    I'm using iMovie and sometimes, when I've recorded something from YouTube on the app, it comes up that I've just recorded something black and it takes at least 15 - 20 mins to get it working again...

    Summary

    It's a good app but with the problem I explained, it makes it very annoying at times! Please fix it!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Issues with Audio Capture"

    September 13, 2009  |   By Jason20001

    Version: Screenium 1.2.2

    Pros

    Works well if you are creating a tutorial and want to capture your voice.

    Cons

    Tried to capture audio from a youtube clip. The video recorded perfectly. The audio is silent. The only way to capture it is via a mic (built-ins work fine), but you pick up all the background sound in the room.

    Summary

    If you want to capture video directly from an application or website, this software is not recommended. I am very disappointed because I have a project to work on and I'm out $29 US. There are several posts in their community forum and several users have the same issue despite the nonsense troubleshooting advice being offered by their Support team (i.e. erase and reinstall the software, check Sound in System Preferences, etc.). Seems like this is a known issue but the company does not appear to be forthcoming with full disclosure. I have a new mac with extra ram, etc. This software should work as described.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Wow! Nice!"

    May 30, 2009  |   By RayCon

    Version: Screenium 1.2b1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I saw a note on one web site that said this application had been updated. It was impetus enough to download it and give it a spin. I have been using SnapzPro X for eons, and Screenium would need to really impress if I was going to spend $29 for capabilities I already had in other software. Well, Screenium did just that. Clean, polished, intuitive, Mac-quality software, it is loaded with features and packaged well. SnapzPro X remains useful for still captures, but I am happy to acquire Screenium for my video capture needs. If Screenium were to add still capture, it would be that only tool I'd need.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "this is very good"

    May 1, 2009  |   By musthaq1234

    Version: Screenium 1.0.7

    Pros

    because i can do what i want

    Cons

    new softwear update demo version

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