In the past, like many others, I’ve used various screencasting tools on my Mac while making demos or tutorial videos, but was never satisfied with the tools available. Most tools lacked in some aspect or the other, and when it came to sharing most tools had major downsides. At the most they would upload to a file sharing service like Dropbox after the video was recorded, there was no compression or any other sharing features of that sorts, and the whole process was time consuming.
Screenmailer, a product from a Denmark based startup, tries to solve most of the issues I have faced in the past. It is a free screencasting or screen recording tool for OS X Mavericks users. It records videos, quickly renders them and uploads it to their servers for users to share through private links.
The tool can record up to 45 minutes in a single video and is a lot leaner and smoother to run as it is built natively for the OS X platform.
The best feature of the app is that, it starts processing and uploading your video as you’re recording. For instance 30 minute recordings will complete processing and upload in about 10 seconds after recording completes on a normal Mac with a reliable Internet connection. You can share the video with a link instantly after recording is stopped.
How Screenmailer Works
You need to be online to be able to use the tool. Once you’ve logged in, you can start a new recording session or access your previously recorded videos, play them, delete them, email the link, or copy the link.
Post recording, the video is uploaded to the Screenmailer’s servers in Germany and a backup is kept with Amazon’s storage system in Ireland.You will be given a private link for sharing your video with others.
Screenmailer can be used in a variety of contexts. For example, in order to provide a customer support or guidance, for teachers to record video lessons for their students, slideshow presentations and product demos. The uses can vary according to the situation.
The tool is currently free to use, but the startup also plans to offer a monthly paid service for Pro users. The Windows version of the tool is currently under development and you can register your email with the site to be notified when it launches.
The app currently lacks the ability to allow users to download the video from within it, a feature which the startup is currently working on. For now you can use video download extensions in your browser to achieve the same.
A major drawback of the tool is the requirement to be connected to the Internet in order to use it, but this is the price you pay for being able to share the video link soon after recording.