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How to Screen Record Video with Audio on Mac with or without QuickTime

No matter you want to download streaming videos, make a short video of what's going on, save Skype calls, create online training courses or more, you can screen record on Mac to solve the problem. It is super easy to record your Mac computer's screen. Once you choose the Record button, the built-in or third-party screen recorder will save what displays on desktop without quality loss.

Apple Mac has the default screen recording feature. You can screen record on Mac with QuickTime for free. All Mac operating systems are supported. If you are using macOS Mojave, Catalina or later, you can record Mac screen video with keyboard shortcuts as well.

But if you want to make video tutorials, record gameplay or other streaming videos, the default Mac screen recorder is not enough. During this time, you need to run professional screen recording software to record screen and audio at the same time on Mac without lag.

Which is the best way to record video on Mac? Just read the following Mac screen recording tutorials to find your answer.

How to Screen Record on MacHow to Screen Record on Mac

Part 1: How to Screen Record Video and Audio on Mac Losslessly

By using Apeaksoft Screen Recorder, you can record screen video with audio on Mac up to 60 fps. Thus, you can record any gameplay on Mac without slowing down. If you want to quickly screen record on Mac, you can use the customized hotkeys to start and stop recording Mac screen.

Here you can record screen video with internal and external audio on Mac flexibly. Furthermore, you can add a webcam overlay of yourself while recording Mac computer screen. As for recording courses, presentations and how-to-videos, you can enable mouse effects and add annotations. It is supported draw and annotate your recording video in real-time.

In addition, you can customize output settings and recording preferences before Mac screen recording. If you want to screen record on Mac without QuickTime and get more advanced tools, Apeaksoft Screen Recorder is a good choice. Here're the main features of the Mac screen recorder for beginners.

Apeaksoft Screen Recorder

  • Screen record on Mac with full screen or customized screen size.
  • Record Mac screen video with audio from the computer or microphone.
  • Record a video of yourself on Mac combined with the desktop recording.
  • Add mouse effects, text, line, arrow, ellipse, rectangle and other shapes to your video recording or screenshot.
  • Save or share Mac video/audio recording files with multiple choices.
  • Schedule screen recording on Mac with no maximum time limit.
  • Safe, clean and easy to use for all new users.
Download for WinDownload for Mac

Step 1 Free download Apeaksoft Screen Recorder. Follow the on-screen instruction to install it. Then launch the video recording software on Mac.

Screenshot

Step 2 Click Screen Recorder to record screen video on Mac. Set the screen capture area as Full or Custom. Or you can resize the red line with your mouse manually. Turn on System Sound to screen record on Mac with audio. Moreover, you can turn on Webcam and Microphone to add facecam and commentary into Mac video recording as well.

Screen capture size

Step 3 To change screen recording settings, click the gear Settings icon on the top right corner. In the Preferences window, you can adjust mouse effects, hotkeys, video format/codec/quality/frame rate, output folder and more. Click OK to save changes.

Recording preferences

Step 4 Click REC to start recording screen video on Mac. Click the Edit icon to edit while recording in custom size and color. You can pause, resume and stop recording Mac screen flexibly.

Start Recording

Step 5 Click Stop to stop recording on Mac. In the Preview window, you can click Play to have a check. By the way, you can extract a video segment within its video trimmer. Later, click Save to download the recording video on Mac.

Preview window
Note : The Apeaksoft Screen Recorder free trial allows users to record screen video on Mac up to 3 minutes. If you want to screen record on Mac for free with more time, you can take a look at Apeaksoft Free Online Screen Recorder. Though there will be watermark inserted in the output video.

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Part 2: How to Screen Record on Mac with QuickTime

QuickTime Player is not only a media player, but also a screen recorder for Mac. It is pre-installed on your Mac computer. Thus, there is no need to install any third-party screen recorder. You can record on Mac with QuickTime Player for free. All versions of macOS are supported.

Step 1 Open QuickTime Player. You can find it in the Applications folder.

Step 2 Choose New Screen Recording from the File drop-down list.

Step 3 A new window pops up called Screen Recording. Then unfold the down-arrow list. Choose Internal Microphone or more to set the input audio source.

Step 4 Click the Record button in red and set capture area by dragging. Now you can screen record on Mac using QuickTime.

Step 5 Click the Stop button in black to stop QuickTime screen recording on Mac.

Record with quicktime

Part 3: How to Screen Record on Mac with Shortcuts

As for Mac Mojave and Catalina users, you can get one more tool to record video on Mac. By pressing the default keyboard combinations, you can record any portion of your Mac computer with ease. Meanwhile, you can take a screenshot on Mac within the Screenshot app as well.

Step 1 Press Shift, Command and 5 keys on your keyboard at the same time.

Step 2 To screen record on Mac with full screen, you need to click the fourth icon on the toolbar from the left to right.

Step 3 To record a selected portion on Mac screen, you can click the fifth icon from the left to right.

Step 4 Set the screen capture area. Later, click Record to screen record on Mac Mojave or Catalina.

Step 5 Click Stop in the menu bar to stop recording video on Mac.

Step 6 Trim, save or share the Mac screen recording video based on your need.

Record on mac with command shift 5

Part 4: FAQs of Recording Mac Screen Video with Audio

Can you screen record on Mac without background noise?

Yes. Just set internal audio as the only audio recording source. As a result, only the sound from your computer will be recorded. That's how to screen record on Mac with internal audio.

What to do when QuickTime Player stop recording suddenly?

Firstly, try again to record Mac screen with QuickTime. If the QuickTime not recording error still exist, you can go to System Preferences. Click Energy Saver, and then disable Enable Power Nap while on battery power. Well, you can continue QuickTime recording by disabling App Nap temporarily.

Any other screen recorders for Mac?

OBS and VLC are free and open source screen recorder for Mac computers. You can record streaming video and audio for free on Mac. Though the interface is complicated.

All in all, you can screen record on Mac with Apeaksoft Screen Recorder, QuickTime and Screenshot. The main difference between third-party and default screen recorders is the real-time drawing tools. It is convenient to add annotations and commentary while recording on Mac. The tiny interface and hardware acceleration are also helpful. If you need to record your screen on Mac frequently, Apeaksoft Screen Recorder helps a lot. Or you can try its online version to record Mac screen with watermark as well.

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