How to record the screen on your Mac, iPhone or iPad

Have you ever wanted to record something happening on your Mac, iPhone or iPad? Perhaps you are watching a video, and want to grab a clip; maybe you are trying to show someone how to do something, and a video would make it so much simpler; or maybe you need to record some strange behaviour if an app or website isn't working as you would expect. Luckily it's easy to record what is happening on the screen of your Mac.

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  • QuickTime Pro Open QuickTime Player
  • screen shot 2017 02 14 at 14 07 17 Select New Screen Recording
  • screen shot 2017 02 14 at 14 08 36 Choose recording options
  • Apple EarPods Use a voiceover
  • screen shot 2017 02 14 at 14 09 32 Part- or full-screen
  • screen shot 2017 02 14 at 14 14 20 Record an iOS device
  • screen shot 2017 02 14 at 14 10 14 Stop recording
  • screen shot 2017 02 14 at 14 11 16 Save your video
  • App Store Alternatives to QuickTime
  • Screenflow video capture ScreenFlow
  • Camtasia video capture Camtasia
  • Voila video capture Voila
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It's easy to record what is happening on the screen of your Mac; all you need is QuickTime Player, which comes free with your Mac.

If it's not in the Dock, look in Applications in the Finder, or simply search in Spotlight. 

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It's easy to record what is happening on the screen of your Mac; all you need is QuickTime Player, which comes free with your Mac.

If it's not in the Dock, look in Applications in the Finder, or simply search in Spotlight. 

Read next: How to take a screenshot on a Mac

 

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Select New Screen Recording from the file menu or right click on the QuickTime Player icon and choose New Screen Recording from that menu.

 

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A Screen Recording box will pop up on your screen.

Click on the white down arrow to see more options.

You can choose whether to use the build-in microphone, or an external microphone for audio.

You can also choose whether your mouse clicks should show up.

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If you want to record a voiceover while you are recording, click on the little triangle in the Recording window to choose your sound source.

You could use your iPhone headphones to record yourself speaking, for example. Choose Built-In Microphone: External Microphone.

You will not be able to record audio from videos playing on your screen this way. We will cover capturing video from YouTube and other sources in a separate article.

You can find out how to download YouTube video to your iPad here.

 

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You can choose to record part of the screen or the whole screen.

If you just want to record part of the screen click the red record button. You will see a message that tells you to drag to record part of your screen, so drag a marque across the area you want to capture. Once you have the area selected, click the record button again. 

Alternatively you can record the whole screen. Just click on the red record button and then click the screen anywhere to begin recording.

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Alternatively, you can record your iPhone or iPad display. How? Instead of selecting New Screen Recording in Step 2, select New Movie Recording. Then, plug your iPhone or iPad into your Mac and make sure it's a trusted device (tap trust on the device when prompted).

On QuickTime, click the small arrow to the right of the record button and select your iOS device. It should then be displayed on-screen, ready for you to start recording. 

 

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Once you are ready to finish recording, right click on the QuickTime icon in the Dock and choose Stop Recording from the menu.

 

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Once you have captured everything you need, save the QuickTime movie. You'll be able to use this footage in iMovie and Final Cut Pro, and even share it straight to YouTube.

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There are also various programs that will let you record the screen on your Mac, each of these is available from the Mac App Store.

Here are three of the best tools for recording the screen on your Mac:

 

Step 10 of 12: ScreenFlow

ScreenFlow 4, Telestream

Available on the App Store, £69.99

Create computer-based tutorial videos by recording your screen activity (along with narration), which you can then share online with friends and fans. This tool lets you record your screen and edit the result.

ScreenFlow also allows you to capture video from your iSight camera while it records screen activity—a clever inclusion that lets you connect visually with your audience rather than exist only as a disembodied voice.

 

Step 11 of 12: Camtasia

Camtasia, TechSmith

Available on the App Store, £69.99

Camtasia for Mac is a full capture and edit solution that not only captures the action on your screen, but also (optionally) captures video from a built-in FaceTime (iSight) camera at the same time. Once captured, you can edit your production directly in Camtasia, theoretically taking your project from start to finish using just one application. Unfortunately, on the features front, Mac users aren’t getting all the bells and whistles of the Windows version.

 

Step 12 of 12: Voila

Voila, Global Delight

Available on the App Store, £20.99

Voila captures screenshots or full-motion video. Video recording captures either the entire screen or a selected rectangular region. Unlike some other programs, Voila can record stereo audio and gives you a choice of frame rates. You can do simple trimming of videos in the editor, but it’s as full-featured editor as Screenflow or Camtasia.

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