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How To: Record Screen on Mac OS X

Many Mac users for one reason or another would like know how to record their Mac screen. For me, I want to be able to illustrate “how to” articles and tutorials for users, for some, they want to show their gaming buddies how awesome they are. So, whatever your reasoning, here is a free way to record your screen on Mac OS X using Snow Leopard or greater.

QuickTime Player – The Free Way to Record Your Screen (You need Snow Leopard or greater)

  1. Open up QuickTime Player – QuickTime can be found in your Applications folder. If you are unsure where that is, you can use Spotlight to search and open. Spotlight is at the very top right of your screen and looks like a magnifying glass. Just type “quicktime” in the search field and off you go!
    Open QuickTime Player
  2. Select File > New Screen RecordingSelect File New Screen Recording
  3. Choose Your Screen Recording Settings - Use the drop down arrow to the right. If you want to record audio, then select the input device at the top. Medium settings seem to work great. Finally, choose the location to save each screen recording video on your Mac.Select Your Screen Recording Settings
  4. Now Select the Red Record Button to Start Recording Your Screen – this should be pretty self explanatory. After clicking the red record button, click the Start Recording button.Start Recording Your Screen on Your Mac

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8 Responses to “How To: Record Screen on Mac OS X”

  1. Just ran a quick test in Lion, it worked just the same…

    Friends of Mac

    August 7, 2011 at 4:53 pm
  2. Wes #

    Great! I’ll update the article to include Lion. Thank you!

    August 7, 2011 at 5:45 pm
  3. as for me, i record screen using this nice tool, it works very well!)

    September 29, 2011 at 1:13 pm
  4. caue aranha #     video on how to do thatt!!!! please watch…

    October 23, 2011 at 6:48 am
  5. joaan #

    Did you have to pay for this Quicktime version because I tried and it doesn’t offer the option to record screens. I believe it is Quicktime Pro that is able to do that.

    December 4, 2011 at 10:42 pm
  6. wes #


    You do not have to pay for this and it isn’t Quicktime Pro. What OS are you running?


    December 30, 2011 at 8:59 am
  7. Marcos #

    Great article! Do you know if Quicktime record only in .mov? I was aiming a .mp4 extension :) Thanks a lot!

    June 14, 2012 at 5:40 pm


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