How to Record Video from Mac Screen (macOS): 2 Ways


The macOS operating system has a large number of built-in programs. And some of them have much more possibilities than it seems at first glance. In this post, we’ll walk you through two standard macOS apps that allow you to record screen videos on your Mac.

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How to Record Mac Screen Video with QuickTime Player

QuickTime Player’s screen recording feature was introduced to Macs since Apple’s OS X Lion.

Recording video from the Mac screen using QTP is quite simple, for this:

1. Open the QuickTime Player application. The program is on its way Finder → Programs, also easy to open via Launchpad (in the Others folder) or search Spotlight

How to Record Mac Screen Video with QuickTime Player

2. You can use the keyboard shortcut to start recording ⌘Cmd + Control + N or simply select the appropriate item in the menu bar.

How to Record Mac Screen Video with QuickTime Player

3. Immediately after activating the recording, you will see a black window in which you can configure some options.

How to Record Mac Screen Video with QuickTime Player

Here you can select a microphone for recording explanations for your video, as well as enable the display of mouse clicks on the video.

How to Record Mac Screen Video with QuickTime Player

4. If you enable the option to display mouse clicks, while recording, when you click on any object on the screen, a black circle will be displayed around the pointer.

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5. After clicking on the record button, you can choose: record an image from the entire screen or mark a specific area.

How to Record Mac Screen Video with QuickTime Player

6. At the end of the recording, click on the “Stop»On the menu bar.

How to Record Mac Screen Video with QuickTime Player

7. To share the video, click the button Share thisthat will appear when you hover over the window. The option allows you to upload a video to Youtube, send by email, AirDrop, etc.

How to Record Mac Screen Video with QuickTime Player

8. In order to save the video to your computer, go to the menu File and select Save… You can also use the keyboard shortcut ⌘Cmd + S

9. To change the resolution (quality) of the video when saving, go to the menu File and select Export as

How to Record Mac Screen Video with QuickTime Player

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How to Record Mac Screen Video Using Screenshot App (macOS Mojave and later only)

With the release of macOS Mojave, Apple developers have equipped a standard screenshot app Screenshot the ability to shoot video from the Mac screen. New tools make screen capture even easier. The feature does not involve the use of QuickTime Player, the screen recorder can be found in the new toolbar

1. Open the app Screenshot… The program is on its way Finder → Programs → Utilities → Screenshot, also easy to open via Launchpad (in folder Others) or search Spotlight

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application Screenshot also launched using the keyboard shortcut ⌘Cmd + ⇧Shift + 5

After launching the program, a horizontal toolbar will appear at the bottom of the screen, the left side of which is for taking screenshots, and the right for capturing video from the Mac screen.

How to Record Mac Screen Video Using Screenshot Application

2. Click Full Screen Recording or “Burn the selected area”

3. To start recording, press the button. “Record”

How to Record Mac Screen Video Using Screenshot Application

4. Select the part of the screen you want to record if you only want to capture a part of it. The recording will start immediately after your selection.

5. Press the button “Stop” on the menu bar to stop recording.

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6. If necessary, click on the captured video thumbnail that appears in the lower right corner to launch the video editing screen.

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How to choose a default save location for screen recordings in macOS Mojave and later

Although you can choose any location on your computer’s disk for recordings after they are created, the new tool allows you to make a default selection.

1. Open the program Screenshot in any of the ways indicated above, for example, using a keyboard shortcut ⌘Cmd + ⇧Shift + 5

2. Click “Parameters”

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3. Select “Desktop”, “Documents”, “Clipboard”, “Post office”, “Messages” etc. to set the save location.

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How to set a timer to start recording video from your Mac screen (macOS Mojave and newer)

1. Open the program Screenshot in any of the ways indicated above.

2. Click “Parameters”

3. To set the timer, select “5 seconds” or “10 Seconds”to disable, select the option “Not”

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How to show the mouse cursor in screenshots (for macOS Mojave and newer)

1. Open the program Screenshot in any of the ways indicated above.

2. Click “Parameters”

3. Click Show mouse cursor

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When you enable the option to display the mouse pointer, while recording video from the screen, when you click on any object on the screen, a black circle will be displayed around the pointer.

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How to edit (crop) your screen recording video (for macOS Mojave and newer)

1. After recording a video, its thumbnail will appear in the lower right corner. Click on it to start editing mode.

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If you did not have time to click on the thumbnail, open the captured video along the path indicated in Parameters… By default it is Desktop

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2. Click the crop button in the upper right corner of the edit window.

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3. If necessary, move the capture points at both ends of the recording timeline to change the recording length.

How to edit (crop) a screen recording video in macOS Mojave

4. Click “Done”

5. To share the video, click the Share this in the upper corner of the window. The option allows you to upload videos to YouTube, send by email, AirDrop, etc.

How to edit (crop) a screen recording video in macOS Mojave

6. To change the resolution (quality) of the video when saving, open the video in QuickTime Player and go to the menu File and select Export as

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