Shouting RECORD SCREEN ON MAC at your computer won’t make Siri do it for you, but thankfully we know some good computer hacks that can show you how to record your screen yourself! It’s quite simple actually, and you don’t need any additional software to make it happen.
The program used is probably one you’ve used at one time or another; it’s a free screen recorder and video playback engine called Quicktime. Quicktime screen recording is extremely simple, and has very useful features, if you’ve ever used the mac screen capture program included on mac, you’re ahead because it’s very similar.
Disclaimer — Before you start, make sure that only the things you want to be seen are active on your screen. Keep in mind that anything open on your screen will show up in the recording, so avoid having sensitive information visible. (Also, If you’re anything like me, I suggest cleaning up your desktop so you don’t look like a slob.)
First open up the Quicktime app. You can do this a couple of different ways. You can open up the app by navigating your way through finder, or you can do it like I do and just search “quicktime” in spotlight by clicking the spyglass in the right hand corner of the screen. If you want to take the more complicated route of navigating finder, You can follow this path:
Macintosh HD > Applications > QuickTime Player.
Now that you have Quicktime open, you’re almost there! You should see the menu bar for Quicktime. Click on “file”, then click on “new screen recording.” At this point, a black rectangular box with a red button in the middle should appear on your screen. This is the record button. Beside the red button is a drop down arrow in which you can select your audio recording source if you need to change it to something else.
If everything is lined up, go ahead and press record. A prompt will appear on your screen giving you further instructions on how to proceed. You can simply click anywhere on the screen to begin the recording, or you can make a selection by dragging the cursor across the area or your screen that you wish to record. If you are making a selection, when you release the video will record. Now proceed as normal until you are finished making your video. To stop the recording, there is a button with the stop symbol at the mid-right side of the menu bar, click it to stop the recording.
When the recording stops, your newly made video will immediately launch. From here you can rename the video, save it, or ditch it and try again. That’s it! You have your first screen recording. You no longer have to say, “I wish I knew how record my screen,” ever again!