How to Record Video on Your MacBook
Looking to save a live broadcast, your favorite music video, or a webcam chat with a friend right on your MacBook, but not sure which software to choose? Recording video can be easy and fun if you have a handy tool by your side like Movavi Screen Capture Studio for Mac OS! This multifunctional app can capture screen activity and audio streams, record your voice and video calls, edit and convert recorded files, and much more. At the same time, it is incredibly simple to use, even for first-time video recorders, which is why we believe it’s the best choice for MacBook screen capture.
With this simple guide, you will learn how to record video on MacBook Pro and MacBook Air using Movavi Screen Capture Studio.
1. Download and Install Screen Capture Studio
Download the program, open the installation file, and follow the instructions. It will take just a couple of minutes.
2. Set Capturing Parameters
When you launch the program, select Record screen in the main window. You'll see a crosshair-shaped cursor that lets you define the capture area automatically to fit an application window or your screen by clicking on it. You can also hold down the left mouse button and drag the cursor across the screen to draw a custom capture frame wherever you want. Adjust the 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 two big icons - System Audio and Microphone. A green highlight indicates which sound device will be used for the recording. You can grab audio from speakers and a microphone simultaneously or separately.
If you want the program to capture keyboard and mouse actions, expand the Capture drop-down menu from the menu bar at the top of your MacBook screen and set up the appropriate options: Keystroke Recording and/or Cursor Effects.You can also set the duration of the recording by clicking the Schedule Recording – Screen Capture Studio will record the screen at the specified time, so you don’t need to track the whole process yourself.
3. Record the Video
When all the parameters are set, click REC; the program will start recording your video. 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 hotkeys: ⌥ ⌘ 1 to pause/resume the recording and ⌥ ⌘ 2 to stop it. To take a screenshot, press ⌥ ⌘ 3. After clicking Stop, you’ll see a preview window in which you can review your video – it's already saved on your computer as an MKV file so, if no edits are necessary, you're good!
4. Edit the Recording (Optional)
You can turn everything you've captured with our MacBook video recorder into complete clips and tutorials using the built-in video editor. If you want to make adjustments to your file, click Open in Editor in the preview window to launch the Video Editor app.
Unleash your creativity and start editing: add music, apply transitions, 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 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 the web. Adjust the settings as necessary, click Start and wait for a few minutes.
5. Convert Your Video (Optional)
If you didn’t open the Video Editor app, you can change the format of your file right in the Screen Capture Studio preview window by clicking the Save As button. Select one of the quick access presets in the export window or, if you can't find the format you want, expand the More presets menu and click Video and audio to see all the available options. After you've selected the desired preset, hit Save and wait until the program finishes converting. Your video is ready!
Movavi Screen Capture Studio
The perfect way to record from your screen
- 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 Capture Studio for Mac does not allow capture
of copy-protected video and audio streams.