How to Screen Record Video on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Screen recording is a powerful tool that allows you to capture the video and audio of your Mac’s screen. Whether you want to create tutorials, record gameplay, or review software, screen recording can be a valuable asset. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of screen recording on a Mac.

Step 1: Launch QuickTime Player

To begin screen recording on your Mac, open the QuickTime Player application. You can find it by searching for “QuickTime Player” in the Spotlight Search (press Cmd + Space to open Spotlight) or by navigating to the Applications folder in Finder.

Step 2: Start a New Screen Recording

In QuickTime Player’s menu bar, click on File > New Screen Recording. A small recording window will appear on your screen.

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If you plan on including audio in your screen recording, click on the small downward-facing arrow next to the record button and select your desired microphone from the dropdown menu. This will ensure that any audio from your microphone is captured along with the video.

Step 3: Adjust Recording Settings (Optional)

In the recording window, you can adjust some settings before starting your screen recording.

  • Show Mouse Clicks: If you want to highlight mouse clicks during your screen recording, click on Show Mouse Clicks in Recording.
  • Show Floating Thumbnail: By default, macOS displays a thumbnail of your recorded video in the bottom-right corner of your screen when you stop recording. If you don’t want this thumbnail to appear, uncheck Show Floating Thumbnail.

Step 4: Start Screen Recording

Click on the Record button in the recording window to start your screen recording. You can choose to record your entire screen or drag to select a specific area of your screen to record.

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If you only want to record a portion of your screen, click and drag the crosshair cursor to select the desired area. Release the mouse button when you’ve selected the area you want to record.

Step 5: Stop Screen Recording

To stop your screen recording, click on the Stop button in the menu bar at the top of your screen. Alternatively, you can press Cmd + Ctrl + Esc on your keyboard.

Step 6: Save and Edit Your Recording (Optional)

In QuickTime Player’s menu bar, click on File > Save.., choose a location on your Mac where you want to save the recording, and give it a name. QuickTime Player will save your screen recording as a .mov file, which you can easily share or edit with other software.

If you want to make further edits to your screen recording, such as trimming unwanted sections or adding annotations, you can do so in QuickTime Player or import it into another video editing software of your choice.

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If you need more advanced features for editing and sharing recordings, consider using professional screen recording software like Camtasia or ScreenFlow. These tools offer additional capabilities like video overlays, transitions, and exporting in various formats.

Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to screen record on your Mac using QuickTime Player. Now you can create engaging tutorials, record your gaming sessions, or capture any screen activity with ease.

Remember to always respect others’ privacy and obtain proper permissions before recording any content that involves other people.

Happy recording!

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