If you would like to create tutorials, instructional videos or record presentations on your Apple Mac computer without having to purchase third-party applications. You will be pleased to know that Apple provides an integrated application that can be easily used to screen record on Mac with sound. This quick guide will show you how to record video with audio on your MacBook laptop or Mac OS computer.
If you are interested in just capturing screenshots on your Mac computer then our previous guide is the place you need to be, and takes you through how to capture 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.
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.
Screen record on Mac with sound
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 MacX Video Converter Pro
On top of the shortcuts, a professional Mac screen recorder program is also worth a try, with more bonus features attached. MacX Video Converter Pro cuts the mustard, helping you screen record Mac entire screen or partial screen with audio (either system audio or microphone sound), for free. Before screen capturing, you are allowed to choose video recording quality, adjust the video frame rate, add sound effect to your recording, and more. And you can easily discern how to record Mac screen no matter what skill level you’re in.
After downloading this Mac screen capture software, simply hit the “Screen Recorder” button on the main interface. Then choose “Keep Full Screen” or “Crop Region” to decide the capture area. Meanwhile, select system audio or microphone sound if you need capturing audio, as well. When everything is ready, tap the “Start Record” blue button in the middle and the program will start recording Mac screen within a few seconds.
Once the Mac recording is done, you can simply load the recorded screen video into this video converter for further conversion and editing. Convert your recorded screen video to MP4, WebM, H264, H265, FLV, AVI, etc for uploading to YouTube, Facebook, Instagram or playing on Samsung, PS4/5, Xbox, iPhone, iPad with 420+ preset profiles provided.
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.
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