Apple simplifies screen recording on MacOS Mojave

At WWDC 2018 in June, Apple announced MacOS Mojave that will succeed High Sierra and become the 15th major release of MacOS. Among its features is a new screen capture interface that is set to significantly simplify screen recording on MacOS.

In the new version of MacOS users will be able to bring up a dedicated screen capture interface by pressing ‘Command-Shift-S’ on their keyboards. The interface itself is a floating bar with several icons to enable users to take screen shots and record videos with a single click.

Prior to Mojave, MacOS users only had the option of using QuickTime for screen recording, which required several additional steps to set up. The new interface will streamline screen recording and simplify it significantly by making it easier to access the feature and start recording.

MacOS Mojave 2The icons in the new screen capture interface primarily determine the capture area. For screenshots the icons will let users capture the entire screen, a program window, or a specific selected area, whereas for screen recording the options are for a selected area or the entire screen.

The only other item on the interface is a small ‘Options’ menu. In that list there are several basic options, such as to specify a location to save screenshots or recording, set up a short delay timer, or to show or hide the mouse pointer.

Aside from that the other inclusion to the ‘Options’ menu is an item to ‘Show floating thumbnail’. Enabling that feature will result in screenshots or recordings being displayed in a small thumbnail after they are complete so that users can click and open them up to edit or add Markup to them.

If the thumbnail feature sounds familiar it is probably because Apple has lifted it directly from iOS 11 along with enabling Markup for screenshots and screen recordings. Both features along with screen recording were well-received when iOS 11 was released, and it comes as no surprise that Apple has incorporated them into MacOS.

Some of the same speculation regarding how screen recording will be used when it was released on iOS 11 has accompanied its inclusion in MacOS. In particular the possibility that it could be used to copy YouTube video or videos from other streaming platforms has been raised.

Following the release of iOS 11 last year Snapchat started notifying users of screen recording, and Instagram began doing the same earlier this year. It is still too early to determine whether the new screen capture interface in MacOS will give rise to other platforms introducing measures to protect the content or privacy of users.

The reaction of MacOS users to the new screen capture interface has been overwhelming positive so far however, with many citing its convenience and functionality. Being able to use Markup on screenshots and screen recordings is also being welcomed. While it is still early days in the public beta and some features may change, so far Apple seems to have done good.

Anand B


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