If you want to record the look of your Mac, we help you
Have you ever been so frustrated with a friend or family member who asked for technical assistance that you decided to filter the recording of the process? Okay, that might be a little niche, but maybe you’ve seen your Mac do something strange and want to record it and show it to Apple staff at the Genius Bar, or maybe you want to record a FaceTime call for future reference.
Whatever your reason, there is an easy way to record your Mac’s screen – this is how you do it.
Screen recording on macOS Mojave or newer
Although you had to rely on third-party software or even special hardware to record the appearance of your Mac before, Apple introduced the default screen recording function with the release of macOS Mojave in 2018. So, if you are running Mojave or newer, it’s easy to record the screen Your Mac:
- Press Command + Shift + 5 to open the Screenshot Toolbar.
- Select your screen recording options – Entire Screen or Selected Sections. You can hover over the recording icons, symbolized by the circle at the bottom left of each icon, to find out which one, but it should be clear enough.
- If you select the Selected Section, you must adjust the recording area before triggering recording. You can drag and resize the area using the box embedded in the recording frame.
- If you want to record voiceovers at once – useful for tutorials – press the Options button and select the microphone you want to capture from the microphone input list. It should be noted that you cannot record an audio system using Apple’s default method.
- When you are ready to get started, click Record.
- After the recording is finished, click the small stop button in the upper right corner or press Shift + Command + 5 to open the screenshot toolbar and click the stop button.
- The recorded thumbnail will appear at the bottom right of your screen – you can click on it to preview and edit the video in Quick Look, or just ignore it. If you ignore it, you will be able to find videos stored on your desktop.
- If you click on the thumbnail, you can now play the whole video.
- To cut the video, click the trim button (it looks a bit like a Nintendo switch squashed with arrows) and drag the yellow hold point to the new start and end point of your recording.
- Click Finish to save the trimmed recording.
Your recording will be saved to your desktop, ready to be shared with friends and family.
Screen recording using QuickTime
If you are running an older version of macOS or Mac OS X, you must go back to using QuickTime Player – a free media player that is pre-installed on every Mac that also has a basic screen recording function.
- Open QuickTime Player. If you can’t find the application, access Spotlight by pressing Command + Space and start typing QuickTime to find the application.
- Right-click the QuickTime Player application icon in the Dock and select New Screen Recording.
3. A small screen recording window will appear. Press the Arrow next to the recording button to set options such as recording microphone input and can show mouse clicks in the recording. Like the updated function described above, Apple blocked the ability to record desktop audio when using the QuickTime screen recording function – it would be too easy to steal videos from streaming services that way.
4. When you are ready to record, press the large Record button.
5. When you are ready to stop recording, right-click the QuickTime Player icon and select Stop Recording from the menu. You should also be able to stop it using the stop button on the Mac toolbar.
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Your recording should then be available wherever you chose to save it.
Third-party screen recording application
Of course, there are many third-party screen recording applications available for Mac that offer a variety of features, but it’s worth noting that most, if not all, will require some form of payment.
One well-known application, currently available at an amazing price of £ 129.99 / $ 129.99, is ScreenFlow 8. It is intended for intermediate and advanced users who produce many computer-based tutorials, offering advanced functionalities such as screen recording and Face camera Your time. to have a form of presence on the screen during the video. This is much more than just a simple screen recording application; it also offers full editing functionality, allowing you to combine multiple screen-recorded clips into one video.
While ScreenFlow 8 is a solid choice for professionals, those who want something more budget-friendly can opt for Capto. The £ 25.99 / $ 26.99 application handles screenshots, recording and annotations, and although it’s not as sophisticated as what is available with ScreenFlow 8, all also find basic video editing capabilities.
It does boast unique features too, including the ability to record stereo audio and frame recording options, but this might be too niche for most consumers.
For other Mac help, see how to show hidden files on a Mac, and how to speed up Mac too.