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How to Screen Record on Mac

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Having an accessible and easy to use screen recorder is helpful for a number of reasons. You can use a screen recorder on Mac to record tutorials, video gameplay, online classes, and more. There are two ways you can create a MacBook screen recording without needing to download any additional apps or software. Below, we detail how to screen record on Mac with keyboard shortcuts and Quicktime. We also list an additional third option, for users who are interested in using third-party software for additional screen recording features and tools.

Option #1: Keyboard Shortcuts

To record on Mac using this method, you need to make sure your MacBook is updated and you’re using macOS Mojave or a newer system. 

1. To begin, press Shift-Command (⌘) – 5. You’ll see the options to record your entire screen or a portion of your screen. You can choose to capture a screenshot of your entire screen or a portion of your screen using this method. 

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Options – Once the recording menu pops up, you’ll also have a number of options to select from to customize your screen recording settings. These options include:

  • Saving location (desktop, documents, mail, messages, etc…)
  • Time (none, 5 seconds, and 10 seconds)
  • Microphone (none or built-in-microphone)
  • Other options (mouse clicks, floating thumbnail, and remember last selection)

2. Once you have finished selecting your settings, you can either click anywhere on your screen to start recording or you can click the record button.

3. To stop your Macbook screen recording, you can either click the stop button or you can use a keyboard shortcut (Command – Control – Esc).

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4. Lastly, you have the option to trim your recorded video. When you finish recording, you’ll see a video ‘thumbnail’ appear in the bottom right corner of your screen. When you click this thumbnail, you’ll see options to trim the video. Then, you’ll be to share and save your video wherever you’d like afterward.

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Option #2: Quicktime Player

The second way to screen record on Mac is to use QuickTime Player, which comes automatically pre-installed on all MacBooks.

1. Open up the QuickTime Player application. To do this, click on ‘Finder’, then ‘Applications’, and scroll until you find QuickTime Player.

2. To access the Macbook screen recording feature, click on ‘file’ in the menu bar, and then press ‘new screen recording’.

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3. Once you click on ‘new screen recording’, you’ll see the same menu as described in method #1 above. You’ll be able to follow the same steps outlined above to capture your screen.

Option #3: Alternative Ways to Screen Record on Macbook

There are a number of different screen recording applications available to use on a MacBook. We list 3 options below.

1. Droplr

droplr screen recording

Features

  • Link Sharing – When you finish creating your screen recording, your video is automatically uploaded to the cloud and into your Droplr dashboard. You then have a short link that links to your video that you can share with anyone, anywhere.
  • Audio Recording – With Droplr, you can screen record on Mac with sound.
  • Mouse Clicks – When screen recording with Droplr, turn on ‘highlighted mouse clicks’ to help guide the viewer’s eyes when creating a demo or how-to.
  • Privacy Settings – Users can also customize and change the privacy settings of their drops. Droplr’s privacy settings include public, private, and teams. You can also change ‘self-destruct’ settings and set up drop passwords. 
  • Integrations – Droplr has a number of different integrations to use with the app. Including, Slack, Intercom, Photoshop, Sketch, and more. Integrating all of your tools into one space can help save time and create a more productive routine.

2. Movavi

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Features

  • File Formatting – Movavi allows users to save their screen recordings in a couple of different file formats. 
  • Video Editing – Movavi comes with a couple of different editing tools including trimming, audio mixing, and more.
  • Keystrokes – Users can also turn on keystroke recording which shows how you’re using your keyboard during a screen recording.

3. OBS Studio

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Features

  • Advanced Editing – OBS Studio comes with advanced editing features and is not for beginners. With OBS, you can trim videos, add text and photos to recordings, and more.
  • Audio Mixing – OBS also comes with advanced audio mixing tools that let you customize audio settings, filters, and more.
  • Free Download – OBS Studio is also a completely free application for users to download and use.

The Best Way to Screen Record on Mac

Whether you’re using your MacBook’s native screen recording tool or a third-party application to screen record, it’s easy to create interactive and unique content. Open up your Macbook screen recording and get creative! 

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