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: