How to Record a Youtube Video on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Are you ready to start creating amazing content for your YouTube channel? One of the first steps is learning how to record a YouTube video on your Mac. In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the process step by step.

Step 1: Prepare your Mac

Before you start recording, make sure your Mac is ready to go. Ensure that you have a stable internet connection and enough storage space for your video files.

Step 2: Set up your recording software

To record a YouTube video on Mac, you’ll need screen recording software. One popular option is QuickTime Player, which comes pre-installed on most Macs.

To open QuickTime Player, simply click on the “Finder” icon in your dock, then navigate to “Applications” and choose “QuickTime Player”.

Pro Tip:

If you prefer more advanced features or additional customization options for your recordings, consider using third-party software like OBS Studio or ScreenFlow.

Step 3: Configure recording settings

Once you have QuickTime Player open, select “File” from the menu bar and choose “New Screen Recording”. A screen recording window will appear.

Before you start recording, take a moment to configure some important settings:

  • Select the audio source: If you want to include audio in your video, click on the small arrow next to the red record button. Choose an appropriate audio source from the dropdown menu.
  • Adjust microphone volume: If you plan on doing voiceovers or commentary during your video, make sure your microphone volume is set correctly.

    You can adjust it by clicking on the volume icon in the menu bar and selecting your desired input level.

  • Select recording area: Click on the red record button, then drag your cursor to select the area of your screen you want to capture. You can choose to record the entire screen or just a specific portion.

Step 4: Start recording

Once you’ve configured your settings, it’s time to start recording! Click on the red record button in the QuickTime Player window, and a countdown timer will appear. After a few seconds, your screen recording will begin.

Pro Tip:

Consider creating a script or outline for your video before you start recording. This will help you stay organized and deliver your content more effectively.

Step 5: Stop and save your recording

When you’re finished recording, click on the stop button in the menu bar or press “Command + Control + Esc” on your keyboard. A window will appear asking you to save your recording.

Choose a name and location for your video file and click “Save”. Your YouTube video is now ready for editing, exporting, and uploading!


Congratulations! You’ve learned how to record a YouTube video on Mac using QuickTime Player.

Remember to double-check all settings before starting each recording session, as well as ensuring that you have enough available storage space for large video files. With practice and creativity, you’ll soon be producing high-quality content that engages and entertains your viewers!

We hope this tutorial has been helpful. Happy recording!

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