How to record screen on Mac

When you want to capture something on your screen, a screenshot does. However, screenshots do not work in all cases. Sometimes you may need to grab a clip, record a tutorial, or record something as it happens on your Mac.

Luckily, Macs have a native screen recording feature that lets you record and save part or all of what’s playing on your screen. You can also record external audio or anything that comes out of your microphone.

Follow along to learn how to record screen on Mac.

How to Record Screen on Mac Using Screen Capture Tool in macOS Mojave

You can record your entire screen or a selected part of it using the screen capture tool included in macOS. The screenshot tool was added in September 2018 as part of new features included with the macOS Mojave operating system.

With this tool, you can record video of your screen using on-screen controls for quick access. You can also set a timer and choose where to save screenshots or recordings.

To access the screenshot tool, press Shift + Command + 5 on your keyboard to open the screenshot toolbar.

Shift + Command + 5 keys

The toolbar has on-screen controls that you can use to record a selected part of the screen or the entire screen, or capture a still image.

Screenshot Toolbar

How to record part of your screen with the screenshot tool

  1. Choose Record the selected part icon in the screenshot toolbar.
Screen capture tool
  1. Next, drag to select the area of ​​the screen that you want to record, then select Record from the on-screen controls to start recording your screen.
Record button
  1. When you’re done recording, you can press Command + Control + Esc or choose Stop on the menu bar.
  2. A floating thumbnail of your recording will appear in the bottom right corner of the screen. From here, you can click the thumbnail to open the recording and edit or share the video. You can also swipe the thumbnail to the right to save the recording, or drag the thumbnail to move the video to another location.
Thumbnail at the bottom right of the Screen
  1. There are other settings you can change from Option in the screenshot toolbar. These settings include:
  • Save toallows you to choose a location where your recordings will be automatically saved to.
  • If you are filming a tutorial or tutorial, you can choose The checkered microphone to record your voice or other audio along with your screen recording.
  • The timer options allow you to choose when to start recording, which can be immediately or seconds after you click to record.
Options menu in right-click menu

Note: You can choose whether you want a black circle to appear around the pointer when you click different areas of the screen while recording a video. To do this, select the Show Mouse Pointer (or Click) option to enable it.

How to Record Your Entire Screen on Mac with Screen Capture Tool

  1. Choose Record the whole screen on the screenshot toolbar.
Record Full Screen Button
  1. After your cursor changes to the camera, click on the screen you want to record and then select Record from the on-screen controls to start recording.
Record button
  1. When you’re done recording, you can press Command + Control + Esc or choose Stop on the menu bar.
Screen recording stop button

Your Mac saves screen recordings as “Screen Recording” [date] in [time].mov ”. You can change the filename to whatever you want to call it for your reference. You can also use the editing options (crop, share, save) when the recording is available.

Note: You can use Escape (Esc) key if you want to cancel recording before pressing to record.

How to Record Your Entire Screen on Mac Using Quicktime Player

If your use case involves complex filters, annotations, and editing, you can use QuickTime Player to record your screen on your Mac. QuickTime Player is an easy and reliable screen recorder and video player that comes with your Mac for free.

  1. To record your screen with QuickTime Player, open the player and then click File > New Screen Recording.
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  • A pop-up screenshot menu will appear. A pop-up provides options that allow you to record your screen and audio on your Mac.
  • Screenshot menu pops up
    1. Select the area of ​​the screen that you want to record, then select checkered microphone from the arrow next to it Record button to add sound.
    Next record button arrow and option Show Clicks in Recording

    Like the original screen capture tool, QuickTime Player also provides Show clicks in recording to display a black circle around your cursor when you click.

    1. Choose Record to start recording. To record part of the screen, drag to select the area you want to record and then select Start recording in the selected area. You can also click anywhere on the screen to start recording the entire screen.
    Record button
    1. After you finish recording, select Stop to stop recording or press the . button Command + Control + Escape key.

    QuickTime Player will automatically open the recording and you can use video editing tools like crop, split and rotate to edit your video. You can also play or share videos and use the app to convert videos from one format to another based on your preferences.

    Note: While QuickTime Player allows you to record your screen, there are other applications like DVD Player that do not allow screen recording on their windows.

    If the built-in screen capture tool and QuickTime Player don’t have everything you’re looking for in a screen recorder, you can use other third-party tools. There are many great feature packed screen recording apps for Mac with complete video editors. These apps include Camtasia, SnagIt, ScreenFlow, and Movavi.

    How to Record Your Screen and Sound on a Mac

    You may want to record your screen for training or educational purposes, such as introducing new employees or teaching a group of students online. You can record your screen and sound on your Mac to make it easier for others to understand what you need to say.

    USB microphone on the desk

    Macs don’t have a dedicated tool that you can use to record your screen with audio. However, you can use the native QuickTime Player as explained in the previous section to narrate what’s happening on your screen.

    There are other third-party apps you can use to record your screen with voice or audio like CleanShot X or Dropshare. These apps allow you to create professional screen recordings, edit and share as needed. You can also dim the audio in or out and mute it to get professional sound without any keyboard or mouse clicks.

    Video capture everything on your Mac

    Screen recording makes it easier for others to keep track of what’s happening on your screen while solving the problem of having to write down descriptions for everything you need to say. Plus, if you’re on a FaceTime call or Zoom meeting, you can record videos and keep them for safekeeping.

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