Apple Mac users wondering how to record their screen for presentations, websites and videos may be interested in knowing that Apple makes it very easy using their integrated screen record Mac app and capture application. This quick guide follows on from our previous one, during which we showed you how to take a screenshots on your Mac computer.
In this guide, we will show you how to screen record on your Mac computer, allowing you to capture instructional videos, how-to’s and more. Using the Apple app, you can capture your whole Mac screen or simply just a selected portion depending on your needs. Once captured, you can transform the recorded screen footage into tutorials, gifs and documentation as needed.
Using the free Mac app
To help you accomplish this, Apple has created a small screenshot and screen recording application which can be triggered using the shortcut command Shift + Command + 5 . This will open a small toolbar at the bottom of your screen offering several options as pictured below. The two key features we will concentrate on in this guide are the screen recording icons in the middle of the toolbar with dark circles in the bottom right-hand corners, highlighted in the yellow box on the image below. These will help you screen record your entire Mac desktop or a designated portion of the desktop you can select yourself using a marquee tool.
How to screen record on Mac
1. The first icon on the left-hand side highlighted above allows you to record your entire screen. To start the recording process, press the icon and your pointer will change to a camera. Simply click on any part of the screen to record the whole screen or click record using the on-screen controls. To stop recording, click the on-screen controls once again or press the Command + Control + Esc keys together.
2. Once you have captured your screen recording, you can then use the thumbnail to Share, Trim and Save your recording as needed. If you do not need to make any alteration, simply swipe the thumbnail to the right and the recording will be automatically saved. By clicking on the thumbnail, you will enter the Trim editing mode or click the universal share icon to send the recording via email, messages, or social media.
3. The dashed box icon highlighted above on the right allows you to select an area of your screen to be recorded. Once you have selected an area, simply click within it to record and click once again to stop or use the shortcut Command + Control + Esc to stop recording.
Using QuickTime Player
If you would like to screen record on your Mac with audio, you can use the QuickTime Player provided by Apple. Select it from your applications folder and then go to File > New Screen Recording from the top menu bar. A toolbar as pictured below will appear and clicking the arrow next to the record button will allow you to change the audio recording settings to your selected microphone or enabling the ability to show mouse clicks during your recording. By choosing a microphone in the options, you will also record audio in your screen video.
You can also monitor your audio during recording by simply adjusting the volume slider. If you experience audio feedback, just lower the volume or use headphones with a microphone.
If you select Show Mouse Clicks in recording, you will see a black circle appear around your pointer when you click during the recording process. Making it easier for people following a to toil to see what options you are selecting with your mouse.
Once you are ready to start recording, simply click the red record button and then click anywhere on the screen to record the entire screen or drag and select an area of the screen to record and then click within that area to record. Once again, to stop recording, simply click the record button in the QuickTime Player toolbar or press the keyboard shortcut Command + Control + Esc keys together.
Once you have stopped recording, the QuickTime Player will automatically open the recorded footage, automatically allowing you to edit, play and share as required. If you are interested in learning more about the QuickTime Player, jump over to the official Apple support website.