How to Take Video of Screen on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Are you a Mac user looking to capture video of your screen? Whether you want to record a tutorial, create a software demonstration, or simply share something interesting happening on your screen, capturing video on Mac is easier than you might think. In this article, we will guide you through the process step by step.

Step 1: Built-in Screen Recording Tool

If you have macOS Mojave or later installed on your Mac, you’re in luck! Apple has included a built-in screen recording tool that makes capturing video of your screen a breeze. To access it, follow these steps:

  • Press Command + Shift + 5 to open the screenshot toolbar.
  • Click on Options.
  • Select whether you want to capture the entire screen or just a portion of it.
  • Choose whether you want the recording to include audio from your microphone and/or from your computer’s system audio.
  • Adjust any other settings according to your preference.
  • Click on Record.
  • To stop recording, click on the stop button in the menu bar or press Command + Control + Esc.

Step 2: Third-Party Screen Capture Software

If you have an older version of macOS that doesn’t include the built-in screen recording tool, or if you prefer more advanced features, there are several third-party software options available:

  • ScreenFlow: A popular choice among Mac users for its powerful editing capabilities and professional features.
  • Camtasia: Offers a wide range of tools for capturing and editing screen recordings.
  • QuickTime Player: Although primarily a media player, QuickTime also has screen recording capabilities.

These software options typically offer more flexibility and customization than the built-in tool, but they may come at a cost or require a separate installation.

Step 3: Editing and Sharing Your Screen Recording

Once you have captured your screen recording, you may want to make some edits or enhancements before sharing it. If you used the built-in screen recording tool, the recorded video will automatically appear as a thumbnail in the bottom-right corner of your screen. Click on it to open it in the Preview app, where you can make basic edits like trimming or cropping.

If you used third-party software, follow their instructions for editing and exporting your video. Most software will allow you to add annotations, captions, or even overlay your webcam feed onto the screen recording.

In Conclusion

Capturing video of your screen on Mac is no longer a challenging task. With the built-in screen recording tool available in macOS Mojave and later versions or by using third-party software options like ScreenFlow or Camtasia, you can easily create professional-looking screen recordings for various purposes.

Remember to edit and enhance your recordings as needed before sharing them with others. Happy recording!

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