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What's the good software to capture anything that is going on at my screen to a video file that I can later on upload to let's say YouTube? I'm using Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard).

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QuickTimeX comes with OS X and can do this for you.

Some other good 3rd party tools:

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I think Snapz Pro X is the best of the bunch for video capturing.

Scratch that! Snapz Pro X is expensive and slow and rather outdated at this point. I've started using Screeny and love it. Integrates with CloudApp for uploading if you like, has a slick easy to use UI, and most importantly doesn't cripple my machine when recording a screen cast1.

1: This could also be the 12GB of ram and quad-core processor, but I like to think it's just a better written app.

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Josh that's $70. Any justification of "is the best?" Although the others seem to be $99, s... – Dan Rosenstark Jun 7 '12 at 16:26
@Yar: I'm going to update this 2009 answer right now. – Josh K Jun 7 '12 at 16:35
Thanks, that was a comment well spent! – Dan Rosenstark Jun 7 '12 at 18:39

Open QuickTime / File / New screen recorder.

See this video

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As others have said, Quicktime X can record both sound and video. Another free option is Copernicus. I used that successfully under Leopard. I've not tried it with 10.6 but see no reason why it wouldn't work.

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Another for consideration is iShowU. It's not as heavily marketed, but it's updated fairly frequently and it's got a much more Mac-like interface than Snapz. It's really powerful without being difficult to use, too.

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+1 looks good, checking it out now. – Dan Rosenstark Jun 7 '12 at 16:29

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