How to harness your vanity and record yourself doing pattern work with quicktime. For cool OSX users.

A question has recently come up at work about how better to capture the work that we do. I’m a designer at an agency where we are constantly trying to find new was of sharing work on our instagram or twitter.

Since I find a good use of my leisure time (it’s not) is writing nonsense blog posts on how to do stuff related to textiles and pattern, I knew a good/quick trick of capturing video content is using Quicktime to record yourself, as seen below.

record screen quicktime

Ah yes, so soothing, the zen state of moving around tiny points in illustrator, finally captured. See steps below to begin making your own dinking-around-in-illustrator movies!

  1. First open quicktime.
  2. Find the option in the menu that says:

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File > New Screen Recording.

3. Click that and you’ll get a box that looks like this:

record screen quicktime

4. Press the screen recording button and you’ll get the following prompt:

record screen quicktime

This is so awesome and intuitive. Basically you can choose to record your whole screen or drag your mouse across the screen, and quicktime will only record that part of the screen. So you can totally be watching House of Cards in the background and no one has to know.

5. To stop recording just find the Screen Shot 2016-03-09 at 9.18.03 AM button on your toolbar.

It’s that simple! Now you can take your video and splice it into your next tutorial on how to create pizza illustrations in vector!



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