How to Record Your Screen on a Mac

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and if that’s the case, then a video must be worth a whole lot more! Sometimes it’s just nice to be able to show exactly what you’re seeing on your screen to someone else (or even for your future self… we record our screens here at Chiro Cat all the time to help us remember stuff). This post will explain how to record your screen on a Macintosh (Mac) computer.

If you’re looking for ways to do the same sort of thing on a Windows computer, you could visit our other posts:

How to Record Your Screen in Windows

If you’d like to share your screen with somebody (rather than record your screen), we recommend Teamviewer.

Video Recording

Did you know that every Mac comes with a baked-in way to record your screen? It’s by using the good ol’ Quicktime player! Load up Quicktime and then from the top menu, select New Screen Recording, as shown below:

Quicktime will open a little control box sort of like the following:

If you would like to record audio as well as video, you can check that the correct audio input is selected the same way that you might with a regular microphone – the tried and true “testing, testing, 1, 2, 3.” If the white bars show any movement, you’re good to rock and roll. If not, you could press the tiny down arrow next to the circular Record button, which will allow you to select the proper audio input. Usually the Internal Microphone will work the best.

When you’re ready to record, press the circular, bull’s eye-looking Record button right in the middle. From there, you can click and drag to form a rectangular area to record a part of your screen, or just click anywhere to record the entire screen.

Once you’re done recording, you can stop recording by clicking on the Stop button in your top-right menu area. In the example below, it’s the icon on the left:

Once you press the Stop button, Quicktime with show your recorded video and you’ll have the option to save it as a .mov file, as shown below:

Audio Recording

The audio part of your screen capture will work great if you’re using a laptop with the built in speakers and microphone, but sometimes you just need a little bit more audio fidelity or you’re on a desktop without speakers/mic or you’d like to wear your headphones and use a higher quality microphone while recording. Here at Chiro Cat, we tend to do a lot of conference calls and we love being able to use our Airpods while we talk, but this can present a challenge for capturing the audio from everyone included in the meeting. What to do? We found an awesome tutorial here using an open source bit of software called Blackhole, which can be downloaded here. Here’s the video that shows you how to use it: