Recording Mac screen can be a rigid demand for many Mac users, as there are usually occasions when you need to capture the onscreen activities, such as recording online meetings, video tutorials, class presentations, gameplay videos, and etc.
The most common and convenient method is to use the built-in recording tools on Mac, for instance, QuickTime and Screenshot. However, they are not applicable in all situations, because neither of them allows you to record the computer system sound. You may need another reliable capturing tool to do this job.
So, in this article, we will demonstrate three easy ways to record Mac screen for you: use a third-party recording tool that enables you to record full voice, or use Mac’s built-in QuickTime/Screenshot feature.
Since Mac’s built-in recording features cannot record internal audio without the help of a third-party application, we will first introduce a third-party screen recorder to you, which can be a great Screenshot/QuickTime alternative as it can help you record screen on Mac with full voice and the webcam.
FonePaw Screen Recorder is a professional recorder for iMac and MacBook. As a great alternative for Mac’s built-in recording tools, it can meet almost all your screen recording needs and is handy to use. Here are the main features of it:
- Record screen along with the internal audio of your Mac;
- Record Mac Screen with voiceover from the microphone;
- Capture your screen with the webcam;
- Record Gameplay easily and efficiently;
- Add real-time annotations while recording videos;
- Take snapshots.
Now let’s see how to use FonePaw Screen Recorder to screen record on Mac with sound. You can watch the video, or go directly to the text tutorial below which shows you the steps in detail.
Video Guide: Record Screen Activity with Audio on Mac
Step 1. Download and install FonePaw Screen Recorder for Mac
The trial version allows all users to record 3 minutes of each video or audio to test the effect.
Step 2. Adjust Recording Settings
Customize the region that you want to capture, adjust the system sound volume, turn on/off the microphone/webcam, and set up hotkeys, etc. When you get ready for recording, click the REC button.
If you are going to record your voiceover, to gain a high-quality audio of your microphone, it’s suggested to enable the microphone noise cancellation and microphone enhancement feature. You can also do a sound check to test your voice beforehand.
Step 3. Record Screen with Voice on Mac
Your Mac screen is being captured so you can do anything that you tend to show in the recordings. You can adjust the voice volume of both computer system sound and the microphone as you like, and add annotations to highlight some important points.
Step 4. Save Screen Recording on Mac
As all things have been recorded, just hit the REC button again to stop capturing or use the hotkeys. Then, the video with audio that you have captured will be saved automatically as you can see in the recording history. You can preview, trim it, and use the “Share” button to upload it to Facebook and Twitter.
Another way to record screen on Mac, and actually a more common way is to use QuickTime. As it’s Mac’s built-in recording program, you have no need to install any other application if you just want to record a video with your voiceover.
By the way, if you don’t pursue high quality of the audio, you can also try recording the system voice by enabling the internal microphone function, which might fulfill your instant need.
Here’s how to use QuickTime to record screen on Mac:
Step 1. Launch QuickTime to Record the Screen
On your iMac, MacBook, use Finder to locate QuickTime player and launch the program.
Click File on the top menubar and choose New Screen Recording.
Step 2. Choose Audio Sources and Start Recording on Mac
On the Screen Recording box, click the down arrow icon next to the record button.
On the drop-down menu. You can choose record audio from the internal microphone or an external microphone. If you don't need a high quality of sound, you may just record screen with audio from Mac's microphone.
After setting up, click the red record button to start capturing the Mac screen with sound.
To record system audio on Mac, you can use Soundflower with QuickTime screen recording. Soundflower is an audio system extension that allows an application to pass audio to another application. For example, you can select Soundflower as the output device for YouTube and choose Soundflower as the input device for QuickTime. QuickTime will be able to record both screen and video of the YouTube streaming video on Mac.
Some users reported that Soundflower doesn't work on Mac OS Sierra. If this problem is happening on your Mac, you can try to record your screen with FonePaw Screen Recorder instead.
Step 3. Stop QuickTime Screen Recording
When you have captured everything you need with your Mac screen, you can click the record button again to stop the QuickTime screen recording. Or you can right-click on the QuickTime in the Dock and select Stop Recording.
- If you encounter lagging while recording with QuickTime, or find your recorded video is too large, click How to Stop QuickTime Lags and Reduce File Size to solve the problem.
For Mac users, if your Mac is in macOS Mojave or later, there’s also one more quick and easy recording choice for you, that is to use the screenshot utility. To be honest, this recording feature is similar to that of QuickTime, but you can control it more flexibly. With a few hotkeys, you can easily finish your screen recording on Mac. Let’s see how to do it:
Step 1. Launch the Screenshot Utility on Mac
Simply press Command+Shift+5, the screenshot floating bar will appear on your Mac desktop. There are several icons denoting different features, and that’s what each icon means. Basically, you can quickly capture a snapshot or a video with this tool.
Step 2. Make Your Screen Recording Settings
As you can see, you can choose to record the whole screen or a selected portion on your Mac. Also, you can open the options and customize some other settings, for instance, the save location, timer, microphone, highlight features.
Step 3. Start and End Recording the Mac Screen
With all the settings done, hit the Record button to begin your recording.
It’s also very easy to end the recording, but sometimes the End button is hard to notice. There are actually three ways: one is to hit the End button at the top right of the Apple menu bar; another one is to press Command+Shift+5 again and hit End at the toolbar; the last one method is to use the hotkeys Command+Control+Esc.
Now you can check you recorded video on Mac at the saved location.
- For a more detailed instruction about how to use the screenshot tool to take screenshot and record videos, check How to Take Screenshots and Screen Videos on macOS Mojave to see.
Above all are the three viable methods to record Mac with audio. Try out software such as FonePaw Screen Recorder, and it should save you more time and energy to do screen recording on Mac. But if you prefer using native tools on Mac, QuickTime and Screenshot are also reliable options.