How to Screen Record a Video on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Screen recording is a useful feature that allows you to capture and save video footage of your screen. Whether you want to create tutorials, record gameplay, or save online videos for offline viewing, learning how to screen record on your Mac can be incredibly valuable. In this article, we will guide you through the process step by step.

Step 1: Open the Screen Recording Tool

To begin the screen recording process on your Mac, you need to open the built-in screen recording tool called QuickTime Player. You can find it in the Applications folder or use Spotlight search by pressing Command + Space and typing “QuickTime Player”.

Step 2: Start a New Screen Recording

Once QuickTime Player is open, navigate to the top menu bar and click on File. In the dropdown menu, select New Screen Recording. A small recording window will appear on your screen.

Step 3: Configure Your Recording Settings

Before you start recording, take a moment to customize your settings. To access these options, click on the small arrow next to the red record button in the recording window.

  • Show Mouse Clicks: If you want clicks and taps to be highlighted during the recording, enable this option.
  • Microphone: Toggle this button on if you want to include audio from your microphone in the recording.
  • Show Floating Thumbnail: By default, your Mac captures a thumbnail of your recorded video in the corner of your screen when you finish recording. If you don’t want this thumbnail to appear, disable this option.

Step 4: Start Recording

Once you have configured your settings, it’s time to start the actual recording. To begin, click on the red record button in the recording window. You can choose to record your entire screen by clicking anywhere on it or drag to select a specific area to record.

Step 5: Control and End Your Recording

While recording, a small control bar will appear at the top of your screen. From this bar, you can pause and resume the recording, as well as stop it altogether. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Command + Control + Esc to stop the recording.

Step 6: Save and Export Your Recording

After you have finished recording, QuickTime Player automatically opens your recorded video in a new window. To save it, click on File in the menu bar and then select Save... Choose a location on your Mac where you want to save the file and click Save.

Tips for Successful Screen Recording:

  • Clean Up Your Desktop: Before starting a screen recording, tidy up your desktop and close any unnecessary applications to ensure a clutter-free video.
  • Avoid Interruptions: Make sure to silence notifications or alerts that may interrupt your recording.
  • Create Scripts or Outlines: If you are creating a tutorial or presentation, having a script or outline prepared beforehand can help keep your content organized.
  • Edit Your Recording (Optional): If necessary, you can use video editing software (such as iMovie) to trim or enhance your recorded video before sharing it.

By following these steps, you can easily screen record on your Mac and capture high-quality videos of your screen. Whether it’s for work, education, or entertainment purposes, the ability to record your screen can be a valuable skill to have. So go ahead and start recording!

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