How to Make a Screen Recording on macOS

Anfernee Chansamooth May 9, 2022

macOS comes preinstalled with a variety of useful multimedia tools, and one of them is screen recording.

There are also more sophisticated screen-recording solutions for macOS available from third-party developers.

For a guide on how to make excellent screen recordings, check out our seven tips to make your screen recording easy to follow.

Are you looking to record your screen on other popular platforms? If yes, refer to the relevant guide for your preferred platform:

Which screen recording software works on macOS?

There are two different ways to record your screen in macOS:

  • Using built-in desktop software.
    macOS comes with a built-in tool called QuickTime Player which can be used to record your screen. Instructions on how to use Quicktime Player for screen recording are listed below.

  • Using third-party browser-based screen recording software.
    These tools don’t require anything to download or install, can be conveniently viewed on any device, and it's easy to share recordings with team members and clients. Clarityflow is built specifically for this.

How to record your screen in macOS

QuickTime Player is one of several video players available. QuickTime Player can also be used as a screen recorder in addition to playing videos!

Follow these steps:

1. With QuickTime Player open, select "File > New Screen Recording". You can also use the keyboard shortcut Command + Shift + N.

2. A Screen Recording prompt will appear.

3. Before you click the record button, Click the down arrow next to Options to ensure you are set up properly.

4. Then, select how much of the screen you want to record.

You have three options: Entire screen (leftmost icon on the Screen Recording prompt), Selected window (2nd from the left), or Selected portion (3rd from the left).

If you only need part of your screen recorded, click Selected portion, and drag over the section you want.

5. Click "Record" to begin recording.

You will now see a recording icon with a stop button inside it appear on your top-right menu bar (near where the date and time typically appear).

6. Click on the stop button to stop the recording.

7. Your recording can be found in the location you previously specified in Step 3.

How to share your macOS screen recordings with others

When you stop the QuickTime Player screen recording, the new video file will be saved to your desktop (unless you’ve specified a different location under the recording settings). Search for a .mov extension.

If you need to easily share your video message with someone else, Clarityflow was made for that. You can upload a screen recording video to Clarityflow, to use in a shareable message and conversation.

(Alternatively, you can simplify the whole process by using Clarityflow to record your screen and then share the link to view your recording.)

How to ask your clients on macOS to record their screen

Are you working with clients or remote teammates and need to send screen recording videos back and forth? Need to request a screen recording back from a client?

The instructions above can be passed along to help.

Alternatively, try using Clarityflow for free, which enables both you and them to record and send screen, camera, audio, and text messages back and forth asynchronously. It’s free to use and super easy to share.

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