Have you ever wanted to record your mac screen? Maybe you want to save an online video or live stream but it doesn't offer a download option. Perhaps you wish to record gameplay, online session, and online video chat to playback. Alternatively, maybe you want to create a video tutorial for sharing. Luckily, you have so many ways to help you deal with these. Here I present two simple ways to record what is happening on your mac screen.
1. QuickTime + Soundflower
For most people, QuickTime may just be used to watch movies on Mac. In fact, it has three additional recording functions: record video, record microphone audio, and record webcam video. However, all of these functions cannot record the system sound on Mac computer, so you need to install Soundflower and use "QuickTime" + "Soundflower" to capture all the screen activities and internal/external sound. Here are the detailed steps.
Step 1. Install Soundflower and restart your mac.
Step 2. Open Launchpad, type "midi" to run Audio MIDI Setup.
Step 3. Click "+" in the lower left corner to create a new "Aggregate Device" and check "Built-in Microphone" & "Soundflower(2ch)" on the right panel.
Step 4. Create a new "Multi-Output Device" and check "Soundflower(2ch)" & "Built-in Output".
Step 5. Go to System Preferences > Sound > Output, select "Multi-Output Device". On Input tab, select "Aggregate Device".
Step 6. Open QuickTime, File > New Screen Recording, click on the small triangle, and select "Aggregate Device" from the microphone. Click on the QuickTime record button to start capturing video and video at the same time.
Through the above settings, system sound and microphone sound will be both recorded. If you want to record only the sound of the system + screen, then in Step 6, select Soundflower(2ch).
• Totally free.
• Allow recording system audio.
• Allow to share the recorded video through email, airdrop and YouTube, etc. with one-click.
• No built-in editing tools.
• Cannot adjust the sound while recording.
• User feedbacks show that Soundflower is not stable. It often fails to record.
2. VideoSolo Screen Recorder
If you still think the above method is a bit complicated, here I will show you a simpler and also a powerful way to meet your recording demand: using VideoSolo Screen Recorder, which is a very stable product to help you capture all your mac screen activities. With it, you can do many personalized recording settings in the program, edit while recording, and don't need to make settings on your Mac computer. It's not free but not expensive to spend $24.95 on it. Click to download and view the recording procedures.
P.S. You cannot record system sound with this program, but you can record sound that coming from the internal speaker if you turn it on.
Step 1. Install and Select the Recording Area
After the installation and launch the program, you may need to select the recording region in video recording settings. You can choose full size to record the whole mac screen, or click "Custom region" to drag your cursor and choose the recording area. Then, adjust the volume in audio setting and turn on webcam if you need.
Step 2. Set Preferences Such as Hotkeys
You are capable to set hotkeys and control the recording without a floating panel. After setting hotkeys, you can also click "Hide floating panel when recording". Remember to mark down the hotkeys you set.
Step 3. Start to Record by Clicking "REC"
When you are ready for recording video calls or something, click the "REC" button. During the record, you may adjust the volume of the microphone sound.
Step 4. Take Screenshot for Your Mac Screen
During the recording process, you can click the screenshot icon to save the current screen. Each time you click, a screenshot will be saved. Of course, control it with the hotkey you set will be more convenient.
• Extremely simple to use.
• Allow recording only screen video, camera video, and microphone sound.
• Support hardware acceleration, greatly saved CPU time.
• Safe, stable, perfect in after-sales service.
• Record only the sound from Microphone.
• No built-in edit function. However, you can import the recorded video into VideoSolo Video Converter Ultimate for editing.
In summary, the method to choose is driven by your needs and budget. If you are looking to record your mac screen frequently and stable, VideoSolo Screen Recorder may be a better way.
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