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Why can’t I select an audio input?

By Uncategorized

Iris doesn’t support audio capture with time lapse recordings. To fix this:

  • Click on the format and frame rate popup.
  • Select any frame rate except Time Lapse.

You should now be able to select audio inputs for your recording.

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When should I use Encode Later?

By Iris FAQs

There are some Macs that do not support hardware accelerated h.264 encoding. For the best possible frame rate try using “Encode Later”. Then bring up the History where you can save the encode the recording as an h.264 or Apple ProRes movie.

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Are we there yet?

By Iris Beta Blog

Beta 13 was sent out to testers today. With some luck it will be the last beta build and we can send out a GM build soon and shortly after that submit it to the Mac App Store.

It’s been a long road. As usual, the the last 10% takes 90% of the effort. Hopefully we’re 99.9% complete and only the final touches remain.

We set out to create a new high performance screen recorder with a UI that makes sense. I think we’ve accomplished that. Here are some highlights of what sets Iris apart.

– Simple UI.
– Records directly to h.264.
– Can record your Mac’s audio, even targeting specific applications.
– The best color management available.
– Time lapse recording.
– Timers for starting/stopping a recording.
– Presets for saving/loading commonly used settings.
– Powerful auto-naming and Finder tagging.

Purchasing Iris

Early on we made the decision that Iris should be useful even without purchasing it. Our goal was to design a product that you’ll purchase because you want to, not because you have to. With that in mind we designed a tasteful watermark that is placed on recordings and a nice outro.

We plan on offering Iris exclusively through the Mac App Store. Iris will be free to try. An in app purchase will remove the watermark and outro from new recordings.

Before In App Purchase
Screen Shot 2014-05-05 at 10.02.37 PM
After In App Purchase
Screen Shot 2014-05-05 at 10.12.54 PM

Even though we’re nearing the end of Iris 1.0 development we still appreciate any feedback. Also, you can still join the Iris beta at for early access to Iris.

The basics

By Iris Beta Blog

We’ve been hard at work on Iris for a while now. As development of 1.0 nears the end we’ve started working on demo videos and marketing materials as well.  Here is a quick demo of Iris.

Big Buck Bunny video clip from

This demo of Iris was recorded with another copy of Iris.

And the beta goes on.

By Iris Beta Blog

The Iris beta has been in full swing for about 2.5 months now. The core of the program has firmed up a lot, stability and performance are up, and many enhancements have been implemented to make Iris not only powerful, but a joy to use.

Changes since last progress update.

  • Recordings to native Iris format now use delta frames to save on disk space
  • Encoding and decoding native format are now massively parallel to take advantage of more CPU cores
  • Decoding native format is now 25% faster
  • Cursor can now be enabled/disabled during recording
  • Mute button can now optionally function like a cough button
  • Talking head now has additional appearance options: border thickness, border color, corner radius
  • Can now record and export to h.264, Apple ProRes and JPEG
  • Audio can now be recorded as mixed, discrete channels, or separate tracks
  • Added window and freeform selection
  • Added settings presets
  • Other bug fixes and improvements

Notably, the Iris recording UI was overhauled. It looks nicer and the item grouping makes more sense.


We’re looking forward to releasing Iris. There a few things to wrap up before we can ship it.

You can still participate in the Iris beta at

Please sign up if you want early access to Iris and a chance to give us feedback.

Colors colors everywhere…

By Iris Beta Blog

Many screen recorders have come and gone over the years and there has been one thing that has united them all.

Poor color matching.

Iris is here to end this sad state of affairs. Iris’ video processing pipeline ensures a high degree of color fidelity from end to end resulting in recordings that are as faithful as possible to the original material.

Color Matching Done Right

Color Bar

Iris Recording
Go ahead. Launch DigitalColor Meter and compare the color values for the color bar on the left and the recording of it on the right. Note: color samples vary from screen to screen.

The Result

Shown here is the *worst* color match we were able to find in this sample.

Color Bar Sample
Iris Recording Sample

Everybody Else

Below you’ll find color samples taken from 2 popular screen recorders on the market. Note the extra green and lack of red in both of them.

Competitor 1 Sample
Competitor 2 Sample


We are striving to make Iris the best screen recorder possible. Iris is currently in beta at Please sign up if you want early access to Iris and a chance to give us feedback.