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Here’s the Ultimate Guide on How to Screen Record on your MacBook

by Azrul Abas on February 19, 2022

MacBook Pro

 Apple launched the MacOS Mojave in 2018. With this update, Apple also introduced a built-in screen recording for the macOS called Screenshot. It’s a very convenient and easy-to-use app to capture, and record video and audio on your screen. However, the downside is that you can only access this feature if your macOS is Mojave or later.

Nonetheless, if you have an older macOS version, don’t worry as there is still another way to screen record using QuickTime. Here are your options: 

Record your screen with Screenshot

If you have macOS Mojave, Catalina, Big Sur, or Monterey, launching Screenshot is easy, Here’s How:

  • Press command + shift + 5 on the keyboard at once. Screenshot toolbar will appear at the bottom of your screen. You have options for capturing a still screen or for recording a video. You’ll see a little circle recording icon on the logo and for the recording purpose.
  • You can choose between “Record Entire Screen” or “Record Selected Portion.” If you choose to record a selected portion of your screen, a box will show up allowing you to drag and resize the recording window. You can click the record button or click anywhere on the screen.
  • Click “Options” to see what other preferences you can choose. You can set a countdown timer, which microphone to use, and decide where to save your recording.
  • Once you’ve selected the options you want, it’s time to record. Click the “Record button.” If you’ve chosen To set the timer, check the timer to see how long until the recording begins. If not, recording will begin immediately.
  • If you don't want to record immediately, click the timer to stop recording. To stop the recording, click on the stop button in the top right corner of the menu bar. You can also hit Command, Control, Escape to stop recording. Or if you have a Touch Bar, you'll see a stop button in the upper left side.
  • Once you stop recording, you'll see a thumbnail of the recording in the lower-right corner of the screen. If you swipe the thumbnail to the right or do nothing, your recording will automatically save as a QuickTime movie (MOV) in the location you've set. 

Edit your recording

If you click on the thumbnail when the recording stops, the recording will open, which will allow you to edit the video. If the thumbnail has already been saved to your desired location, you can open it by clicking on the file and hitting the spacebar. 

  • From the top right of your screen, you’ll see a trim icon and click that icon
  • From the bottom of the screen, drag the yellow editing bar to the desired frame where you want the video to start and end. Preview your edited clip by hitting the Play button.
  • You can hit the “Revert” button to bring back the original version. Otherwise, click “Done” and the trimmed clip, you can choose either replace the existing clip or save as a new one, whichever you choose.

Screen Recording with QuickTime

If you have an older macOS you can use QuickTime to record your screen.
Here’s how to use it.

  • Open QuickTime application.
  • From the menu bar, click on File, Or, you can perform a right click on the QuickTime icon if it’s in your Dock. and choose “New Screen Recording.”
  • The “Screen Recording” will pop up. Next to the red record button, you will see an arrow for a dropdown menu list, where you can choose options for showing your mouse clicks and choosing which microphone you’re using and choosing a file to save your recording
  • Click the “Start Recording” button in the middle of the window.
  • Once you want to stop recording, click on the stop button or press command + control and press esc key.

Edit a QuickTime recording

  • When the recording stops, QuickTime will automatically preview the video. Hit “File” from the menu to decide where to save the video. The screen recording will be saved as a .MOV file in that location.
  • Find its location, then hit the spacebar to open a preview window where you’ll be able to trim or rotate the video.
  • You can hit the “Revert” button to bring back the original version. Otherwise, click “Done” and the trimmed clip, you can choose either replace the existing clip or save as a new one, whichever you choose.

And there you have it - you're now able to do a screen recording with fairly simple steps even if you have not updated to the latest OS.

If you want more MacBook tips like this, you can check our previous articles on How to reset your MacBook SMC & NVRAM / PRAM or How to fix your MacBook low cycle count .

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