How to Make a Screen Recording on Your Mac Laptop/Computer

In this Instructable I will be teaching you how to make a simple screen recording, movie recording, and an audio recording. All you will need is you Mac device and an app which is already pre-installed called QuickTime Player.

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Step 1: QuickTime Player

So this is the app you will be using to make these different recordings, QuickTime Player. It is already pre-installed onto your Mac device and is free-of-charge to use. To find this app you can either go to Launchpad, which you can find in your dock of applications at the bottom of your home screen. Or go to spotlight and type QuickTime Player in the search bar. If you use Launchpad, then all you have to do is type "Q" into the search bar and that should be the only application there, unless you have other downloads that start with "Q". Then when you see the QuickTime Player, double-click it to begin using it. No new pop-up will show up on your home screen, but at the top left, it should say QuickTime Player and show the application in your dock. Same thing happens if you search with the spotlight.

Step 2: Screen, Audio, and Movie Recordings

To make these three recordings, is really quite simple. Look at the very top of the home screen, while you are on the QuickTime Player app, and tap on File. At the top of the File list is New Screen, Audio, and Movie Recording (not in that order). Each serve a different purpose. Personally, I think screen recordings are probably the most used for video tutorials and stuff. To use one of them, simply click on one. If you click on screen recording, a little black box with a recording button on it will pop up. If you press that recording button, another box will appear showing a little help manual. If you click one more time, it will disappear and your recording will start. To stop the recording, simply press the pause button at the top right of the home screen. Click it to stop the video and watch it. Unfortunately, it will not record audio and if you want to, you probably would want to use a different app such as QTP Pro or SnapzPro (I will give link to Snapz at the end).To use an audio recording, simply click on New Audio Recording and another black box will appear with a record button. Press it and it will start recording whatever is being said or made. To use a movie recording, click New Movie Recording and a big screen will pop-up, probably showing your face and press record to start it recording you with audio.

Step 3: Conclusion

So that is how to make a simple screen recording (and other stuff). To make a more elaborate screen recording with audio you could get QTP Pro or SnapzPro which I mentioned earlier. Here's a link to buy SnapzPro: ""(don't put the quotes in the address bar; only what's in the quotes). You can probably find QTP Pro in the App Store. However, both cost some moola. So hope you liked this instructable. It is my first one. If you have any questions or anything at all leave it in the comment bar and I will try to reply as soon as possible. Remember to like and subscribe. See ya!

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    Oh yeah sorry about that. I have the new Macbook Air so my method may only work for the newer models. However you might not have to. Try updating to the new OS, which I think is Mavericks, and you might have all the newer updates.


    5 years ago on Step 2

    I have Quick Time Player 7 on late model Mac and unfortunately these options are not available unless I upgrade to the pro version. :( I hope it works for others. :)


    2 years ago

    Thank you for these instructions, really helpful!! I always create screencast with a web-based software calls Acethinker Online Screen Recorder, free and works fairly well. It is an online tool that lets you record your screen right from the browser. You don't have to install any additional plug-ins or add-ons. Share it here as an alternative method.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    thats cool

    just tried it on my imac and it worked fine.

    much easier than camtasia.....



    5 years ago on Introduction

    ironically for a capture project you didn't screen shot. heads up command+shift+4 on a mac will give you a pointer so you can select just what you want your image to look like.