How to Screen Record on a Mac With Audio

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Screen recording on a Mac is a handy feature that allows you to capture and save everything happening on your screen. Whether you want to create tutorials, record gameplay, or capture important moments, knowing how to screen record with audio can be incredibly useful. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps of screen recording on a Mac with audio.

Step 1: Open QuickTime Player

To start the screen recording process, open QuickTime Player. You can find it in the Applications folder or search for it using Spotlight (Cmd + Space).

Step 2: Click on ‘File’ and Select ‘New Screen Recording’

In the top menu bar of QuickTime Player, click on ‘File’ and then select ‘New Screen Recording’ from the dropdown menu.

Step 3: Adjust Settings

A small screen recording window will appear on your screen. Before starting the recording, you can adjust some settings by clicking on the small arrow next to the red record button.

  • Select Microphone: If you want to record audio along with your screen recording, click on the small arrow next to the record button and select your desired microphone from the dropdown menu. This will ensure that any audio playing on your Mac will be captured during the screen recording.
  • Show Mouse Clicks: If you want to highlight mouse clicks during the recording, check this option.

    It can be helpful when creating tutorials or demonstrating specific actions.

  • Quality: By default, QuickTime Player uses high-quality settings for screen recordings. However, if you want to change it, click on ‘Options’ and select either ‘High’ or ‘Medium’ quality.

Step 4: Start the Recording

Once you have adjusted the settings according to your preferences, click on the red record button in the screen recording window to start recording your screen.

Step 5: Select Recording Area

After clicking the record button, a message will appear instructing you to click anywhere on the screen to start recording. You can either click on a specific window or drag your cursor to select a custom recording area. If you want to record the entire screen, click anywhere on it.

Step 6: Control and End the Recording

While recording, you will see a small control bar at the top of your screen. This bar allows you to pause or stop the recording, access more options, and control audio settings.

  • Pause and Resume: Click on the pause button in the control bar if you need to temporarily pause your screen recording. To resume, click on ‘Resume’.
  • Stop Recording: To end your screen recording, click on the stop button in the control bar.

    Alternatively, you can press ‘Cmd + Control + Esc’ (Escape) on your keyboard.

  • Saving Your Recording: After stopping the recording, QuickTime Player will automatically open with your recorded video. To save it, go to ‘File’ and select ‘Save’ or use ‘Cmd + S’ shortcut.

Congratulations! You have successfully recorded your Mac’s screen with audio using QuickTime Player. Now you can edit or share your recorded video as needed.

Tips:

  • Use Headphones for Audio Recording: To ensure better audio quality and minimize background noise, consider using headphones with a built-in microphone instead of your Mac’s internal microphone.
  • Check Storage Space: Screen recordings can consume a significant amount of storage space, especially if you record for an extended period. Make sure you have enough free space on your Mac before starting a recording.
  • Trimming the Recording: If there are unwanted sections at the beginning or end of your recording, you can trim them using QuickTime Player’s editing tools before saving the final video.

Now that you know how to screen record on a Mac with audio, you can start capturing and sharing your screen effortlessly. Whether it’s for work, education, or entertainment purposes, screen recording is a versatile feature that can greatly enhance your digital experience.

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