Screen Recording Using QuickTime

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is priceless. Sometimes, it's great to do more than just describe to someone what you see on your screen, or even take and send a screenshot. With OS X and QuickTime, you can quickly and easily capture, edit and share a video-based screen recording. And the best part of all... every new Mac running Mavericks already has this capability built-in... for FREE! Here's how it works.

First, we need to launch QuickTime Player (Finder | Applications). To create a new video recording, go to File > New Screen Recording. This will open a new window with a record button. When ready, press record.

At this point, you will have two options:

  1. You can simply hit the record button again and QuickTime will begin recording the entire screen area
  2. Click and drag to select a specific area, then press record again, then QuickTime will begin recording just that specific area

Either way, when you hit the record button a second time, your screen recording will begin.

Keep in mind that this is a simple recording tool, so it won't give you all the advanced functionality of a professional-grade screen recording solution like ScreenFlow (which I highly recommend for those looking to do more with screen recordings).

When you’re done recording, click the stop button, and your project is ready for editing. To trim your video, go to Edit > Trim... (or Command + T). With the trim tool, you can crop unwanted video on the beginning and end of the clip.

When you’re ready to share your new recording, simply go to File > Export... and choose the desired export option:

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Posted on July 3, 2014 and filed under How To, Mac.