CamMail is a stand-alone app that works with mail.app to quickly create and send video and audio clips by email, using AAC and H.264 compression.
The app is universal and works on Mac OS 10.4 or higher. It will only work if Apple Mail is configured to send email.
The interface is well-designed and clean.
Buttons across the top let you record video or audio clips, to register the app and to access its help files and quit the app.
The next row contains buttons to start (and stop) the recording, to change the background colour of the app’s interface, to preview the recording before sending it and, if needs be, to delete the recording as unsendable.
Of course, it is not the most bandwidth-friendly option for communicating. The FAQ on the developer’s web site promises not too much bloat:
Video movies are sized to QVGA (320×240) which provides good detail with low file size when used with H.264 compression. The resulting movies typically require less than 300 KB for every 10 seconds of video.
That seems about right to me. I recorded about three seconds of myself waving (see below) and it came to 94 KB.
It’s simple to use. Click the record button, do your thing, stop it and press the email button. Apple Mail fires up a new message with your video embedded into it, read to send. One quibble: there doesn’t seem to be an option to set which of Mail’s many accounts it should use as the default, but otherwise it does the job nicely:
CamMail is shareware (USD 15), although you can try before you buy. It is available from the developer’s web site .
Tags: Apple Mail, audio clips, mail.app, plugins, video