record screen on mac

Q: "I'm new to video recording, and wonder how to record video on a Mac. I don't want too complicated programs or apps which may take a lot of time for me to learn. Can someone suggest some simple ways to record screen on my Mac computer? Many thanks!" - Daniel from InsanelyMac Forum

Usually, we have to create home-made recording with our own hands owing to various reasons. To get a satisfied result, what we need is a professional screen recording tool that can capture screen in a couple of clicks only. For Mac users including Daniel, you can read this post and learn these 2 simple methods to record screen on Mac as easy as pie.

Part 1. How to Record Screen in QuickTime

The first free way to screen record in Mac is to use its built-in recording tool called QuickTime, so you don't have to install any other third-party software. Using QuickTime screen recording only needs a few quick steps as below:

Step 1 Open QuickTime and start new recording

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Run QuickTime program from Application folder and go to "File" > "New Screen Recording" option to create a new screen recording task.

Step 2 Set recording preferences

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A screen recording window will pop up. You can click the triangle button to customize the settings according to your needs.
Note: You can choose to record screen without sound or capture both system audio and external sound at the same time. But you cannot record system audio only.

Step 3 Record screen in QuickTime

Next click the red "Record" button and start recording your screen. Drag to choose a specific recording area on screen or hit anywhere on the desktop to record in full screen. Then press the "Start Recording" to capture screen.
To finish screen recording, you can simple click the "Stop" button and then you're able to preview and save the recorded video.

Part 2. How to Record Screen on Mac with Joyoshare Screen Recorder

Though Mac users can adopt QuickTime to screen record on Mac for free, yet this recording software also has its disadvantages. For example, you can't capture system audio only, you can't schedule a recording task and you can't set the screen area in specific value, etc. Thus here I'd like to recommend another professional and efficient Mac screen recording tool called Joyoshare Screen Recorder.

Full-featured as Joyoshare Screen Recorder is, it comes with ability to record any on-screen video and audio activities in high quality, including live chats, meeting conferences, streaming movies, webcam videos, Skype calls, class lectures, online radio, music games, etc. Alternatively, its outstanding screen capturing technology also allows you to grab not only system sound but also microphone voice with switchable audio mode.

By means of this competitive program, you can flexibly save finished recording in any popular format and portable device like MP4, MOV, AVI, MKV, MP3, AAC, M4B, or iPhone X, Galaxy S8, Xbox 360, Samsung TV, etc. Moreover, this smart tool also offers capability to customize recording area, create scheduled task, highlight cursor movements, edit ID3 tags, take screenshots, cut recording, etc. based on your own preferences.

Key Features of Joyoshare Screen Recorder

Capture all screen video and audio activities on Mac

Support outputting recording to any format and device

Record screen on a Mac in full screen or customized size

Grab required desktop videos and audios for different usages

Next let's see what Joyoshare Screen Recorder can do to record screen in Mac desktop with lossless quality.

Step 1 Fit out your Mac with Joyoshare Screen Recorder

Firstly you should equip your Mac with Joyoshare Screen Recorder. Simply download it from official website. Once the installation is completed, it will run automatically on your Mac screen.
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Step 2 Choose the area you want to capture

Go ahead to the "Capture Area" section to select an area for recording. You can directly click the "+" button to personalize a specific recording size by zooming in and zooming out the adjustable pop-up window. Or straightly press the drop-down icon to get a preset standard ratio, like 320x240, 640x480, 1280x720, full screen, etc.
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Step 3Confirm audio recording preference

At this step, continue to tap the audio track icon next to the "REC" button if you want to grab audio only. Likewise, to capture video activity, choose video icon accordingly and decide whether to record with or without system audio/microphone sound. Assuming you feel like to capture video with audio; you'd better to turn on system audio and disable microphone sound to prevent unexpected noise.
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Step 4Begin to record screen Mac

Hit the gear icon at the lower right corner to setup all desired options, such as storage location, output format, shortcuts, recording time, cursor template, etc. Having done all of them as per your needs, you ought to click the "REC" red button to initiate a recording task. During the process, you have right to take screenshots and cut recording.
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Step 5Edit finished recording

When you accomplish a recording task, go forward to "History" folder to preview grabbed video/audio. Just click them one by one to let Joyoshare Screen Recorder play for you. Then it's available to delete unwanted files and keep satisfying one. For audio, you can even hit the "edit" icon to revise ID3 tag info. If there is no further problem, it's time to enjoy your recording at any places.
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Jan. 23, 2019 15:15 pm

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