Recording Your Screen

You can record your Mac's screen using only the QuickTime Player app that comes with OS X. It is easy to record and then you get to preview the result before saving.

Comments: 19 Responses to “Recording Your Screen”

    Emmanuel Scerri
    4 years ago

    Hello Gary, thanks for an interesting video. How can I record video as you illustrated, and sound being played through the speakers as opposed to sound as it’s being picked up through the microphone? Here and thinking of uses with video being played on the screen. Thanks for your help, Emmanuel in Switzerland

    4 years ago

    Emmanuel: Just get an app like ScreenFlow. That will do it.

    torch_55
    4 years ago

    Gary, have you tried Voila or their newer Capto for video recording? I have had good luck with Voila and now want to ry Capto.

    John
    4 years ago

    Thanks Gary that was a great podcast ,very helpful

    4 years ago

    torch_55: Never used them or heard of them, sorry.

    JoeAllen
    4 years ago

    Very helpful. I sometimes watch an 8 minute video on YouTube, but only like, say, the last 3 minute of the video. I can now copy the 3 minutes that I like, and ignore the 5 minutes that I do NOT like.

    PS: Are there an “legal risks” associated with copying 3 minutes of an 8 minute YouTube video?

    4 years ago

    JoeAllen: If you want to know the legal risks, you’ll need to ask a lawyer. But I do know that copying someone’s video without permission is a copyright violation, so the answer is probably yes.

    Rich Randall
    4 years ago

    Doesn’t work as video described. Doesn’t work at all in fact.

    4 years ago

    Rich: obviously I t does work, since this is how I record most MacMost videos. Can you describe what you are doing exactly and what is happening that does not match the tutorial?

    STAVROS KARAKOZIS
    4 years ago

    Dear Gary,

    I played my video on the screen of my Macbook Pro with DVD player. I did everything you said in your macMost video to record my playing video. it does not work. The only thing I get is a recorded white screen. Why is that happening?

    4 years ago

    Stavros: This technique is for recording the screen for tutorials or to demonstrate some computing technique. It will not help you circumvent copyright protection on DVDs.

    Joost
    4 years ago

    I cant record the sound, only the screen, and no animation of the mouse. Is my quicktime player outdated? Macbook Air OS X 11.4

    4 years ago

    Joost: El Capitan (10.11.4) is indeed the latest version of OS X. Make sure you have Show Mouse Clicks In Recording turned on (same place as where I show you you can choose a microphone). Only sound from your microphone is recorded. If you want more, you’ll need to get a screen recording app.

    Joost
    4 years ago

    I found it – thanx.

    Tony
    4 years ago

    I only seem to have QuickTime Player version 7 which does not have screen recording facility. Running El Capitan V 10.11.4. Help :-)

    4 years ago

    Tony: You most likely have both. If you have had your Mac for a while, or have migrated, you have the old QuickTime (version 7) and then the new version “QuickTime Player.” Look in your Applications folder.

    Sue
    4 years ago

    Gary, thanks so much for this; I’ve been looking for software to do this for several weeks. I didn’t realize I had it on my mac all this time! Doh!
    Thanks again, Sue.

    BRUCE STASIUK
    4 years ago

    I must have done something wrong. i got it going but now the new screen video is grayed out. how can i get it going again?

    4 years ago

    Bruce: Try closing all of the open QuickTime Player windows. Maybe quit it and restart it again.

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