QuickTime is video player that comes pre-installed on Mac OS X. Beyond just playing videos, it can also be used to record the screen. QuickTime isn’t really a professionals choice as its editing ability is somewhat limited, however it’s perfect for those quick videos. It makes the process of recording, exporting and sharing really easy and fast.


Record Mac Screen

record screen mac os x

To record the desktop on your Mac, first open Quicktime (Applications folder). Then from the menu bar, select File -> New Screen Recording.

This will popup the little window as shown in step #2. From here you can go right into making a video of your Mac desktop by clicking the small red button. Or, if you want to quickly change some of the options, click the little down arrow button. There aren’t many ways to customize the screen recording, you can however change the microphone options. So for example, you can choose to record audio from the built-in microphone, an external microphone or a microphone from a connected Apple display. The option to not record audio is also available. And finally you can have it set to also to capture the mouse clicks.

When you press the red record button, QuickTime will hide itself in the menu bar. Before it starts recording it asks if you’d like to record just a selection or the entire screen. Recording a smaller area of screen will result in a smaller exported video file. So if you want to just capture a specific area such as an app all you have to do is use drag a selection around what you want to be recorded.

When you’re done, all you need to do to stop the recording is click the QuickTime icon located on the right hand side of the menu bar. Depending on how long of a video you take and how fast your Mac is, it can take a little while for QuickTime to process it.

After the video is done processing, it can be somewhat edited. You can trim it by going to Edit -> Trim from the menu bar. This is useful if want to cut out the ending where your mouse if traveling up to menu bar to quit the video.

If you have multiple screen recordings that you want to combine into one finalized video select Edit -> Add Clip to End.

Once you’re happy with what you’ve created, it’s time to export or share your masterpiece.

To export the video, select File -> Export. You are able to export to 1080, 720, 480. To simplify things there are also options to export to an iPad, iPhone, iPod, Apple TV as well as iTunes.

That’s not the only way to export the video, for quick sharing options select File -> Share. You are able to share via Email, Messages, AirDrop, YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook and Flickr.