Screen Recording with QuickTime Player
Record your screen
You can use QuickTime Player to make a video recording of your screen, or just a region of your screen to save as a movie file for later viewing. This can be helpful for showing others how to perform a task or workflow, or for training.
Choose File > New Screen Recording. To start recording what's occurring on your Mac's screen, click the round record button.
You can record some of all of the screen:
- If you want to record the entire screen, click anywhere on the screen to start recording.
- To record just a smaller portion of the of the screen, drag your pointer to select the region of the screen you want to record, then click the Start Recording button within the region.
To stop recording, click the stop button in the menu bar, or press the Command-Control-Escape key combination (all at once) on the keyboard.
Clicking the triangle in this window gives you additional options, such as letting you choose whether to use the built-in microphone on your Mac, or another connected microphone, or no microphone at all. This menu also lets you select whether or not your mouse clicks are shown during the recording (the pointer is highlighted when you click). You can also choose where to save your screen recording when finished.
You can make a movie using QuickTime Player and the built-in camera in your Mac. Just choose File > New Movie Recording. When the recording window appears, your iSight or FaceTime camera turns on (a green light appears by your Mac's built-in camera).
If your Mac doesn't include a built-in camera, try connecting a FireWire or USB camera. Many of the same camera models recognized by iMovie are recognized by QuickTime player. If your camera isn't seen by QuickTime Player, make sure it's connected directly to your Mac, and is powered on.
Press the circular record button once to start or stop your recording.
Click the triangle icon to display a menu of additional options, such as whether to use your Mac's built-in camera or an external camera you've connected to your Mac, and what the finished quality of your recording should be.
To make an audio-only recording, choose File > New Audio Recording. Click the circular record button once to start or stop your recording.
Clicking the triangle gives you additional options, such as letting you choose whether to use the built-in microphone on your Mac, an external microphone you've connected to your Mac, or a microphone from a connected Apple display. You can also use this menu to choose the finished quality of your recording. Changing the quality from High to Maximum produces a high-quality uncompressed movie file. However, uncompressed audio files can use large amounts of disk space.
The current running file size is displayed on the bottom right of the controls while you're recording. This changes to the total elapsed time when you stop recording. The sound meter (located at the bottom of the controls) makes it easy to ensure your volume level is consistent, and is helpful for making sure you're an appropriate distance from the microphone.
QuickTime Player lets you easily edit content you've created or downloaded. You can trim, combine, and rearrange clips. When you're done, just save or export your finished video.