How to make Screen Recording with QuickTime on Mac

How to make Screen Recording with QuickTime on Mac

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MacOS has a built-in player called QuickTime. It's mainly used for playing video and audio files. But less people are aware of the fact that this app can be used for screen or voice recording, but not just playing it.

For example, it can record audio via your microphone and shoot video through your Mac webcam. It also allows to make screen recordings that is useful for creating tutorials and instructions, showing troubleshooting steps, etc.

But now we will concentrate on the screen recording feature of QuickTime.

Here’s what to start with:

Launch the QuickTime app.If you've never used this application, let's find it on your Mac at first. It can be found in the Applications folder by default.

Click 'Finder', then find 'Go' in the top menu bar and click 'Applications'. Or use an alternate shortcut: Shift+Cmd+A in your Finder. It will take you to the Applications folder or use Spotlight Search instead.

spotlight search quicktime macScroll down to a new folder that has appeared and find QuickTime. Double-click to launch it.

Recording Options of the Application

Go to the 'File' at the top menu bar of the app.

quicktime options macThese are the main QuickTime recording options:

  • New Movie Recording will use your Mac cam or any USB camera.
  • New Audio Recording will use a built-in microphone or any attached devices for recording audio.
  • New Screen Recording will make a recording of your Mac screen and audio via built-in microphone or other USB device.

​How to create a screen record on Mac:​

Finally, we can get started with creating a recording! Go to 'File' > 'New Screen Recording'. You can also use a shortcut Ctrl+Cmd+N. A recording window will appear.

Screen recording quicktime mac
And now you can make the magic happen! The red button is for starting a recording. But don't forget to check your preferences before starting. Click the button with an arrow on it as it shown on my screenshot.

mircophone options macYou can choose from the next lines: 'Microphone' and 'Options'. The first one gives you a chance to turn on/off your microphone during screen recording. You can choose whether it will be the Mac internal mic or an external device.

An option called 'Show Mouse Clicks in Recording' is great when you want to show your audience the direct path of your actions. It puts a circle wherever you click with your mouse cursor. Here is an example of how it works. People will see only the circle on your recording.

So, all you should do is setting your mic, turning mouse clicks on/off. Next, press the red button and go on!

In case you'd like to show a part of your screen, click and drag to make a section you need(draw a box).

Finally, the stream will start and you will be able to monitor it through the icon in the menu bar.

mac quick time menu iconStart doing what you wanted: launch an app, troubleshoot a problem, create a step-by-step tutorial. After you are done, click the QuickTime icon to stop recording. It will create a file with your video and then open it for you on the Desktop. Watch the file. You've got to make sure that everything is fine there. If you noticed something superfluous, cut those parts with the built-in QuickTime trim feature.

How to save and share QuickTime screen recordings

If your recording is ready, save & share it. Click 'File' > 'Save' in the menu bar and choose a name and location.

If you want to share it right away via iMessage, slick the 'Share' button in the playback controls. It will save and upload your video to the exact recipients.

One more thing to keep in mind! Screen recordings are usually weighty. You can notice that the file is too large for a single email message. In this case, use file-sharing services like Dropbox. You may also be able to use the Mail Drop feature, if your macOS supports it.

Done! Now, your recipients can see the instruction and repeat everything you've shown on the video step-by-step. I assume this feature very helpful, especially for visual learners. Of course, you can do something without any problems if you have a detailed manual!