QuickTime - Recording Video and Audio

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Recording Video and Audio

With a video camera and a Macintosh computer you can use QuickTime Pro to record a
movie. QuickTime Pro can capture video from most FireWire-equipped sources,
including the Apple iSight, DV cameras, and some webcams. With a Macintosh or
Windows computer, you can also record audio using a built-in or external microphone.

To record audio or video with QuickTime Pro:


Connect the camera or microphone to the computer (unless you are using a built-in


In QuickTime Pro, choose File > New Movie Recording (or File > New Audio Recording).

A preview window appears, which you can use to adjust settings such as camera
position, lighting, and audio level before you start recording.


To start recording, click the Record button at the bottom of the window.


To stop recording, click the button again.

The movie you just recorded appears in a QuickTime movie window. By default, the
movie is saved on the desktop, but you can choose a different default location in the
Recording pane of QuickTime Player Preferences. To see where the movie has been
saved, Command-click the icon at the top of the window.

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Chapter 2

Getting Started with QuickTime Pro

Setting Recording Options

When you first use QuickTime Pro to record video or audio, settings are automatically
chosen for you. If you want, you can change settings such as which recording device
and format to use, and where recorded movies are stored.

To change recording options:


Choose QuickTime Player > Preferences.


Click Recording (or Audio Recording in Windows).


Choose the desired options for your video source, microphone, and quality, and then
choose a default location to store recorded files.