How to Record Video on Mac
Looking for a way to preserve a live broadcast, your favorite music video, or a webcam chat with a friend, but not sure which software to choose? You can choose between a dedicated screen recording program and built-in tools in other apps.
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How to Record Screen on Mac with an Advanced Screen Recording App
Recording video can be fun and easy if you have an app by your side like Movavi Screen Recorder Studio for Mac OS X. This multifunctional program can record your screen activity and video calls, webinars and online videos, create podcasts, edit and convert recorded files, and much more. It’s also incredibly simple to use, which is why we believe it’s the best way to record screen on Mac. In the short guide below, you will learn how to capture video on MacBook Pro and MacBook Air using Movavi Screen Recorder Studio.
Download and Install Screen Recorder Studio
Download the program, open the installation file, and follow the instructions. It will take just a couple of minutes.
Set Recording Parameters
When you launch the program, select Record screen in the main window. Adjust the capture frame size by pulling on its edges and move it to any position on the screen, or use one of the presets on the Capture Area menu. Now check the System Audio and Microphone icons. The green highlight indicates which device will be used for the sound recording.
Record Your Screen
When all the parameters are set, click REC to start recording. You can control the process by clicking Pause to take breaks, Stop to finish and save, or Cancel to stop without saving. You can also use the hotkeys: ⌥ ⌘ 1 to pause/resume the recording and ⌥ ⌘ 2 to stop it.
After clicking Stop, you’ll see a preview window in which you can review and trim your recording. If the video doesn’t need any further editing, click Save As, select the appropriate format in the export window, and hit Save. If you want to edit the recording, click Open in Editor.
Edit the Recording (Optional)
You can turn your recordings into complete standalone clips and tutorials using the built-in video editor. Here, you can add a soundtrack, apply transitions and effects, trim and split the video, and much more. You can also use the Magic Enhance filter to improve the quality and appearance of your recording. To save your finished project, click Export and select the appropriate category to save your file as video or audio, format it for watching on a mobile device, or prepare it for uploading to YouTube. Adjust the settings as necessary, click Start, and wait a few minutes for the process to be complete.
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How to Record Video on MacBook with More Limited Recording Programs
Here, you’ll learn how to take video of a MacBook screen using the recording apps with limited functionality, like ScreenFlow or Voila. They can help you record from your computer screen and do some basic editing, but they don’t include a full-function video editor and support only a small number of output formats.
In ScreenFlow, click New Recording. In the Configure Recording window that opens, select the desired option: record your desktop, a webcam, a microphone, or/and system audio. Click Record to start recording and Stop Record to finish. You can trim and crop your recording before saving.
In Voila, open the drop-down Record menu and select the desired option: Fullscreen to record the entire screen or Selection to select the capture area. When you are ready to start, click the Start Record button. To stop, press Shift + Cmd + Esc or open the Status menu and click Stop and Save. You can trim the recording and apply simple effects. Click Save As to save your video.
How to Capture Video on Mac Using Screen Capture Tools in Other Programs
You can record video on Mac using the recording tools embedded in other apps. For example, you can try QuickTime Player, which is originally designed for another purpose but still can be used as a simple screen recorder without editing functions.
Launch the player and go to the File menu. Select the New Screen Recording option and click Record. Hit Stop to finish. You can trim the recording if you wish, but you can’t edit it in any real sense. To save the result, open the File menu and hit Save As.
How to Record Your Screen on Mojave Using the Built-in Tool
The new MacOS Mojave has a special toolbar for creating screenshots and making screen recordings, so it can be a useful alternative to the QuickTime player. If you’re a Mac user, you can record screen on Mojave and then do some basic editing without any additional software. The process is quite simple. Here is a short introduction to how to capture video on Mojave.
First, open the screenshot toolbar by pressing Command + Shift + 5. Select one of the two options: Record Entire Screen (recording will start when you click on any part of the screen) or Record Selected Portion (you will need to select a specific area for recording, and then click Record).
To finish recording, click the Stop button, located at the top of the menu bar next to the time display. The recording will appear in the lower right corner of your screen. Right-click on it to open the editing tools. When you’ve finished editing, click Done. The recording will be automatically saved on your desktop.
*For this article, we used Movavi Screen Recorder Studio 9, ScreenFlow 7, Voila 3, QuickTime 7, and macOS Mojave’s built-in recording tool.