On Thursday, Apple released the first beta of macOS Monterey 12.3 to developers. While we’re still learning about what’s new in today’s update, the release notes shared by Apple reveal a new API called “ScreenCaptureKit” that adds high-performance screen recording support for Mac apps.

As described by the company on the Apple Developer website, the new framework is designed to offer fine-grained control to select and capture only specific content on the screen, such as an app window.

This kind of option is very popular in videoconferencing apps like Zoom, where the presenter can choose to share only part of the screen. However, each app had to create its own implementation to enable this feature, which made the development process more complicated and even less reliable for the user.

Now with macOS Monterey 12.3 beta, developers will have access to this new API to capture the screen with more precise settings. Here’s how Apple describes the new ScreenCaptureKit API:

Use the ScreenCaptureKit framework to add support for high-performance screen recording to your Mac app. The framework gives you fine-grained control to select and stream only the content that you want to capture. As a stream captures new frames of video, it passes your app a CMSampleBuffer that contains the video data and its related metadata.

macOS Monterey 12.3 beta is now available for developers, while the official release is expected this spring.

FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. More.


Check out 9to5Mac on YouTube for more Apple news:

You’re reading 9to5Mac — experts who break news about Apple and its surrounding ecosystem, day after day. Be sure to check out our homepage for all the latest news, and follow 9to5Mac on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to stay in the loop. Don’t know where to start? Check out our exclusive stories, reviews, how-tos, and subscribe to our YouTube channel

About the Author

Filipe Espósito

Filipe Espósito is a Brazilian tech Journalist who started covering Apple news on iHelp BR with some exclusive scoops — including the reveal of the new Apple Watch Series 5 models in titanium and ceramic. He joined 9to5Mac to share even more tech news around the world.