How to Record Video on Mac

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  1. DownloadDownload Movavi Screen Recorder Studio
  2. Adjust the Recording Settings
  3. Record Your Screen
  4. Edit the Recording

How to Record Video on Mac with an Advanced Screen Recording App

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 dedicated screen recording programs and built-in tools in other apps.

Recording video can be fun and easy if you have an app by your side like Movavi Screen Recorder Studio. This multifunctional program can record your screen activity and video calls, webinars and online videos, make 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.

To record a video on Mac, run Movavi Screen Recorder Studio. In the launch window, select Record screen. Position the capture frame and click the REC button to start recording. To finish recording, click Stop. Edit your footage if needed.

Download Movavi Screen Recorder Studio for your computer (Mac OS X 10.7 or higher) and read the short guide below to learn how to record video on MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and other Mac computers.

  • Step 1. Download and Install Screen Recorder Studio

    DownloadDownload the program, open the installation file, and follow the instructions. The installation process will take just a couple of minutes.

  • Step 2. 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. Now check the System Audio and Microphone icons. The green highlight indicates which device will be used for the sound recording.

  • Step 3. 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 or Stop to finish and save. 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.

  • Step 4. 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 upload it to YouTube. Adjust the settings as necessary, click Start, and wait a few minutes for the process to be complete.


Disclaimer: Please be aware that Movavi Screen Recorder does not allow capture of copy-protected video and audio streams.

Movavi Screen Recorder Studio for Mac

  • Capture video from your computer screen
  • Grab sound from multiple sources
  • Tweak videos with the built-in editor
  • Save videos in any popular format

Disclaimer: Please be aware that Movavi Screen Recorder does not allow capture of copy-protected video and audio streams.

How to Record Video on Mac with More Limited Recording Programs

Here, you’ll learn how to how to record a video on Mac using recording apps that have more limited functionality, like ScreenFlow or Voila. They can help you to record a video on iMac and MacBook 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.

    Now you know how to capture a video on a Mac laptop or desktop with three different types of software. We recommend using Movavi Screen Recorder Studio since it’s one of the easiest ways to take a video of the screen in HD quality and then edit your recording.

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