How to Start and Stop Screen Recordings on a Mac

Recording the screen of your Mac is a great idea. Maybe your goal is to create video notes for your company.

No matter the reason, it’s easy to capture your Mac screen.

Screen Recording on Macs using the Screenshot Utility

The screenshot utility is the best way of capturing the screen on your Mac. The screenshot utility allows you to take screenshots and screen recordings.

To open the utility, press Cmd + Shift+ 5, on your keyboard.

If you choose Record the entire screen, a camera icon will appear. Move the camera to the area you wish to record and click on the Start Recording button.

Select Record selected Portion to adjust the frame size. Drag the corners of the box to the right.

Select different options to record your Mac screen by clicking Options.

How do you stop screen recording on your Mac?

It is possible to get confused about how to stop recording after you’ve finished recording. The screenshot utility window won’t be visible in front. Instead, look for the small Stop button in the upper-right corner. This will allow you to stop the screen recording from your Mac.

To stop recording you can also hit Control + Control + Esc. Hit Shift+ 5 to bring up the screenshot bar and give you an option to stop recording.

The recording will automatically save to the Desktop. In the lower-right corner, you will see a preview of the recording. This is similar in appearance to taking a screenshot. Click on the preview to view the entire recording.

Screen Recording with the Screenshot Utility offers many benefits

  • The screenshot utility has been an integral part of macOS Mojave since its inception. It’s free and doesn’t require any software installation.
  • You can also use the integrated microphone to record audio and the timer to record recorded timed recordings. In tutorials, you can show mouse clicks.
  • AirPlay, sharing options, and other features can be used right away from the recorded video.

Screen recording on a Mac with QuickTime Player

QuickTime Player is another way to capture your Mac’s screen. QuickTime Player is available for Macs running macOS Mojave older than macOS Mojave.

Use QuickTime Player to open and chooseScreen Recording.

Click this overlay to capture your screen.

Once everything is set up you can begin recording by clicking on the Record hyperlink. To halt screen recording from your Mac, click the Stop icon in the upper-right corner.

The video will open immediately.

QuickTime Player offers many advantages

  • QuickTime Player will automatically be installed on your Mac. QuickTime Player is installed automatically on your Mac without additional charges or installation.
  • QuickTime player also has audio and video recording capabilities.
  • AirPlay, sharing options, and other features can be used right away from the recorded video.
  • QuickTime Player is compatible with older macOS versions.

How do I record system audio on-screen recordings?

The microphone can only be used to record audio using the two options. If you need to record all the audio from the system, however, this is not possible.

Screen Recording on a MacBook using Third-Party Apps

You can record your Mac’s screen using third-party apps.

OBS Studio

Casual and professional users agree that OBS Studio offers the best screen recording software. OBS Studio also allows you to stream to multiple social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, and Twitch.

Screenshots can be taken on both a Mac and a PC.

Using a Mac to record your screen used to be very difficult.

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