One-Click Screen Capture on a Mac with Movavi

How to capture screen on your Mac

Movavi Screen Capture Studio is a convenient screen recorder for Mac that lets you capture anything from the screen of your Apple computer: video guides, Skype calls, streaming video, gameplay, and much more.

The built-in video editing tool helps you turn raw footage into stylish video clips. Cut unwanted fragments, enhance the video, add music and titles, connect clips with dynamic transitions, and more.

Working with our Mac screen capture software is so easy! To create high quality screencasts, just follow these four simple steps: set the recording parameters; capture your screencast; process it with the editing app; and save it in the desired format.

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Step 1. Set Up the Screen Recorder for Mac

Set the required frame rate

Capture footage from your Mac screen at up to 60 fps, or reduce the output file size by capturing at 5-10 fps.

Adjust the recording area

Capture windows, or full screen,
or specific parts of the screen

Capture audio from any source

  • Audio sets and headphones
  • Microphones and MIDI devices
  • Skype calls and program sounds
  • Check if your sound devices work, adjust the volume

Capture keyboard and mouse actions

  • Show the keys you hit on the keyboard
  • Highlight the cursor with different colors
  • Set custom mouse click sounds and manage click sound volume

Step 2. Make a Screen Grab on Your Mac

Grab your screen with Movavi

Manage your capturing with hot keys and the control bar above the capture frame

Screen recording software for Mac

Grab HD screenshots while you’re recording, edit them, and save the result in the format you choose!

Screen recorder for Mac

Configure the program for scheduled recording with the convenient capture timer

Step 3. Edit Video

Enhance the video quality

Divide the video into parts, delete unwanted segments

Add good music and stylish transitions

... and much more!

Step 4. Save Video in Convenient Format

Convert video to MP4, MOV, AVI, or other popular media formats

Use the handy mobile presets to watch the result of your video screen capture on your smartphone, tablet, or other portable device

Save clips from your Macintosh screen in an instant thanks to the SuperSpeed option. Learn more




Tech Specs


System Requirements

  • Mac OS Х® 10.7 or higher
  • 64-bit Intel® processor
  • 1280 × 800 screen resolution, 32-bit color
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 700 MB available hard disk space for installation,
    2 GB for ongoing operations
  • Administrator permissions are required for installation
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 Record screen on your Mac with Movavi

Here, you’ll find the complete list of formats supported by Movavi’s screen grabber for Mac.

Video FormatsSupported Codecs
3GPP (.3gp), 3GPP2 (.3g2)H.263, H.264, MPEG-4
Audio Video Interleave (.avi)H.264, MPEG-4, MJPEG
Flash (.flv, .swf)FLV1, H.264
Matroska (.mkv)H.264, MPEG-4, MJPEG, Theora, VP9
MPEG-4 (.mp4)MPEG-4, H.264
OGV – Ogg Video (.ogv)Theora
QuickTime (.mov)H.264, MPEG-4, MJPEG
WebM (.webm)VP8, VP9
WMV – Windows Media Video (.wmv)WMV V8
Audio FormatsSupported Codecs
AAC – Advanced Audio Coding (.aac)AAC
FLAC – Free Lossless Audio Codec (.flac)FLAC
MP3 – MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer III (.mp3)MP3
OGG – Ogg Audio (.ogg)Vorbis
WAV – Waveform Audio File Format (.wav)PCM
WMA – Windows Media Audio (.wma)WMA 9
Image Formats
BMP (.bmp), DPX (.dpx), JPEG (.jpg, .jpeg, .jpe, .jfif, .jif), PBM (.pbm), PCX (.pcx), PGM (.pgm, .pnm), PNG (.png), PPM (.ppm), TGA (.tga), TIFF (.tiff, .tif), XBM (.xbm)

Click the manufacturer name to open/close the full list of supported devices
from that company.


  • Amazon Kindle Fire
  • Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7"
  • Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9"
  • Amazon Kindle Fire HDX


  • iPad (1–4), iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad mini with Retina display
  • iPhone (1–3GS, 4–4s, 5, 5s, 5c, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus)
  • iPod Classic, iPod Nano (5G, 7G), iPod Touch (1–3G, 4G, 5G)
  • Apple TV


  • Archos 7
  • Archos AV500/700
  • Archos 605/705/Archos TV+
  • Archos 504/604
  • Archos 404/405

Barnes & Noble

  • Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet
  • Barnes & Noble Nook Color


  • BlackBerry PlayBook
  • BlackBerry Torch
  • BlackBerry Bold 9000, 9700
  • BlackBerry Bold 9650, 9780
  • BlackBerry Storm
  • BlackBerry Curve 8900
  • BlackBerry Flip 8220/8230
  • BlackBerry 8800 Series


  • Cowon D2/D2+
  • Cowon O2/S9
  • Cowon A3
  • Cowon Q5/N3/P5
  • Cowon iAudio X5


  • Explay HD Quad
  • Explay Navigator, Vision
  • Explay Infinity, Sky Plus
  • Explay Surf, Polo


  • Google Nexus 10
  • Google Nexus 7
  • Google Nexus 6
  • Google Nexus 5
  • Google Nexus 4


  • HTC One (M9)
  • HTC One Mini
  • HTC Flyer
  • HTC Sensation
  • HTC Vivid
  • HTC One X
  • HTC One
  • HTC Droid Incredible
  • HTC Desire
  • HTC Wildfire S
  • HTC Diamond
  • HTC EVO 4G
  • HTC Surround
  • HTC HD7
  • HTC EVO 3D


  • iriver ITQ701 WOW
  • iriver B100
  • iriver E150
  • iriver E100/Lplayer


  • LG G4
  • LG G Flex2
  • LG Optimus G2
  • LG Optimus 4X HD
  • LG Optimus
  • LG Prime
  • LG KP500
  • LG Bliss UX700


  • Zune
  • Zune HD
  • Xbox 360


  • Motorola Moto G
  • Motorola Moto X
  • Motorola DROID
  • Motorola RAZR
  • Motorola XOOM
  • Motorola ATRIX


  • Nokia Lumia 920
  • Nokia N900
  • Nokia N97
  • Nokia N96, N95, N93, N92
  • Nokia N86, N85, N82, N81
  • Nokia N90, N80
  • Nokia N70, N79
  • Nokia XpressMusic 5800, 5530
  • Nokia XpressMusic 5730, 5630, 5610
  • Nokia XpressMusic 5320, 5220
  • Nokia X6, X7
  • Nokia X3
  • Nokia E75, E72, E71
  • Nokia E70, E60
  • Nokia E66, E65, E63, E62, E61
  • Nokia E55, E52, E51, E50


  • Palm Pre
  • Palm Pixi
  • Palm Treo Series


  • Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
  • Samsung Galaxy S4
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
  • Samsung Galaxy S II
  • Samsung Galaxy S
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1"
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.0"
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7"
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0"
  • Samsung Impression
  • Samsung Omnia II
  • Samsung Omnia HD
  • Samsung Jet S8000
  • Samsung Star S5230
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  • Samsung Galaxy Note
  • Samsung Charge


  • SanDisk Sansa


  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
  • Sony Xperia Z3
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia X10
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia X1
  • Sony Xperia S
  • Sony Xperia Tablet Z
  • Sony Xperia Z, ZL, Z1
  • Sony PlayStation 3
  • Sony PlayStation Portable
  • Sony PlayStation Vita
  • Sony Walkman

Supported formats for additional media files uploaded during editing.

Video FormatsSupported Codecs
3GPP (.3gp), 3GPP2 (.3g2)H.263, H.264, MPEG-4
Advanced Streaming Format (.asf)MPEG-4, VC-1, WMV V7
Audio Video Interleave (.avi)H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, MJPEG, DivX, Xvid, DV, Cinepack,
Fraps, TechSmith, Uncompressed
DivX Video (.divx)DivX
Flash (.flv)H.264, FLV1, H.263, Flash Screen Video
Flash (.swf)FLV1
HD Video (.m2ts, .mkv, .mov, .mp4, .mpg, .wmv)MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, WMV V8
HD Video (.m2t, .mts, .ts, .wmv)MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, AVCHD, WMV 9, WMV 9 Advanced profile
Matroska (.mkv)H.264, MPEG-4, MJPEG, Theora, DV, Uncompressed
MPEG Transport Stream (.m2ts)H.264
MPEG Transport Stream (.ts, .mts, .m2t)MPEG-2, H.264
MPEG (.mpg)MPEG-1, MPEG-2
MPEG (.mpeg, .mpe, .m1v, .mod, .tod)MPEG-1, MPEG-2, H.264
MPEG-4 (.mp4)MPEG-4, H.264, H.263, MJPEG, ProRes
MPEG-4 (.m4v)MPEG-4, H.264, H.263, MJPEG, ProRes
MXF – Material eXchange Format (.mxf)MPEG-2, DV
OGV – Ogg Video (.ogv)Theora, MPEG-4
QuickTime (.mov)H.264, MPEG-4, AIC, MJPEG, ProRes, Sorenson 1/3, PNG
QuickTime (.qt)H.264, MPEG-4, AIC, MJPEG, ProRes, Sorenson 1/3
RM – RealMedia (.rm, .rmvb)Real Video 2/3/4, Cooker
WebM (.webm)VP8, VP7, VP9
WMV – Windows Media Video (.wmv)WMV V8, WMV V7, WMV 9, WMV 9 Screen,
WMV 9 Advanced profile, MPEG-4,
WMV 9.1 Image V2
WTV – Windows Recorded TV Show (.wtv)H.264, MPEG-2
Audio FormatsSupported Codecs
AAC – Advanced Audio Coding (.aac)AAC
AIFF – Audio Interchange File Format (.aif,.aiff)Uncompressed
APE – Monkey's Audio (.ape)Monkey's Audio
Au (.au, .snd)PCM
FLAC – Free Lossless Audio Codec (.flac)FLAC
MP3 – MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer III (.mp3)MP3
MPEG-4 (.m4a)AAC
MPEG-4 (.m4a, .m4b)AAC, PCM, ALAC
OGG – Ogg Audio (.ogg)Vorbis
WAV – Waveform Audio File Format (.wav)PCM, AAC, MP3
WMA – Windows Media Audio (.wma)WMA 9, WMA Pro, WMA Voice
Image Formats
BMP, DPX, GIF, JPEG, (.jpeg, .jpg, .jp2, .jls), MJPEG, JPEGLS, Netpbm formats (.pgm, .pbm, .ppm, .pam), PCX, PNG, PTX, SGI, TARGA (.tga), XBM, XWD

Disclaimer. Please be aware that Movavi Screen Capture Studio for Mac does not allow to capture copy-protected video and audio.

Wondering how to screen capture on a Mac? With Movavi Screen Capture Studio, you can record the screen on your Mac with ease! Take advantage of the easy-to-use capture area selection to record in full-screen or grab any part of your screen; capture any video on Mac – online clips, apps, browser windows, Skype conversations, and more.
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