The release of a free new Mac App called Screeny now makes it even easier to record on you Mac. Screeny gives you the ability to record part or all of your screen, plus automatic uploading of the QuickTime file when you finish. It will record the audio from your Mic but depending on your Mac hardware you may still need to use a loop back cable to route the speaker audio to your Mic input, as detailed below.
What you need:
Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
A male to male loopback cable (It’s that 1/8 inch stereo cable with the jack on both ends)
Before you start:
+ This workaround allows you to record from any participant’s computer,
+ You do not need to be an organizer This will capture both the video and audio of a meeting/webinar and it should be in sync
+ Recorded files are in QuickTime format instead of Windows Media Player format
– Setup requires a loopback cable
– This does not hide the participant’s control panel. It’s a good idea to minimize it to the dock, if at all possible or move it to a 2nd monitor if you have more than one on your Mac.
It’s possible to record meetings and webinars on a Mac and get both the video and the audio to capture. Snow Leopard has a free program bundled with the operating system called QuickTime X. QuickTime X offers screen and audio capture. Here’s what you do:
- First plug in your loopback cable. Make sure that your Mac has a separate audio input jack (sorry 13 inch Macbook Pro)
- Open up your system preferences and select sound, in the sound preferences select the input tab and select the Line In, Built-in input
- Make sure that your setup is working okay by playing some recorded audio (a YouTube video, iTunes, etc.) If the loopback is picking up, you’ll see a blue bar go across.
- Now open up GoToMeeting and do a quick meet now.
- Select to use mic and speakers, click on the microphone icon and select “Built-in input”, click on the speaker icon and select “Built-in Output”
- Play some audio on your computer and see if the input bar lights up. If it does, great, if not, you might need to quit and relaunch GoToMeeting for it to pick up. Once it does, you should be ready.
- Open up QuickTime Player in the applications folder, select File and select “New Screen Recording”
- When you’re ready start recording. Also you can specify the recording quality and the file destination Click on the white arrow that’s pointing down Below where it says “Microphone”, select Built-In Input Line-in
- Now once you’re in the meeting, select to use the Mic and Speakers and start recording with Quicktime. If you plan to record from the organizer’s computer, get the dial in number for the conference call before switching to the Mic and Speakers.Regardless of your role in a meeting/webinar you can hear all unmuted attendees and since the loopback cable captures this input, it will record everyone who speaks just like our own recording service does.You should now have a half decent recording of a meeting that’s roughly comparable to what you get using our service on a PC.