How to screen record on mac

 To share your screen with someone else, you might want to capture a part of the screen on your Mac -- maybe a menu from a restaurant you want to visit or a section of a website. The Mac's screen may be recorded as a video. This is a really simple tutorial on how to accomplish both tasks.

screen record on mac

Use the Screenshot toolbar

screenshot toolbar

Using these three keys together, you will see the Screenshot toolbar: Shift, Command, and 5. A control will appear on your screen that allows you to record either your entire screen, a portion of your screen, or a still image.

Recording your Mac's screen can come in handy whether you want to save a video of what you're looking at, share it with friends, or film a tutorial. You can record parts or all of your screen with the built-in feature on Macs (and iPhones too).

Additionally, its built-in options don't allow you to record internal audio, only external audio coming in via your mic. You'll need to download a third-party app, like Sound flower, to do that. Using the external microphone and turning up the volume will yield some decent audio, but not the best.

You may not be able to record screen activity in certain apps, like Apple's built-in DVD player.

Use QuickTime Player

  1. You can open QuickTime Player from your Applications folder, then choose File > New Screen Recording from the menu bar. Next, either the onscreen controls described above or the Screen Recording window described below will appear. 

  1. Before starting your recording, you can click the arrow next to the Record button to change the recording settings:

quick time player
  • Choose a microphone if you want to record your voice or other audio with the screen recording. You can adjust the volume slider during recording to monitor that audio. Using headphones with a microphone will help if you get audio feedback.

  • You can show mouse clicks in recorded mode by choosing Show Mouse Clicks in Recording.

  1. To start recording, click the Record button and then take one of these actions:

  • You can begin recording the screen by clicking anywhere on it.

  • Drag the cursor to select the area to record, then click Start Recording.

  1. To stop recording, click the Stop button in the menu bar, or press Command-Control-Esc (Escape).

  2. The recording is automatically opened by QuickTime Player after you stop recording. The recording is now playable, editable, and shareable.

Edit and save a QuickTime recording

You can start playing the video after QuickTime stops recording. You can save the video anywhere you like by clicking on "File" from the menu. There will be a MOV file saved as part of the screen recording. (In some operating systems, you can rotate or trim QuickTime video.)

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