Creating Screen Capture Recordings with QuickTime for Mac

Ever wonder how to create a video screen capture tutorials using your Mac’s native app, QuickTime?

I’ve got good news for you: There is NO NEED to purchase fancy software like Camtasia or ScreenFlow.

In this tutorial post, we’ll discuss how you can use QuickTime to create a screencast video recording using Apple QuickTime (for free!)

Watch the video below and read on to get a step-by-step process for creating screen capture video courses on your Mac.

(video source: How to create a Screencast (Screen Recording) on a Mac)


Getting Started with QuickTime Screencast Recordings on Your Mac

The first thing you need to do is load QuickTime player.


NOTE: After you click on the QuickTime icon, a dialog box may appear. Just ignore this option by clicking the [Done] button at the bottom of the screen.


Select “file” from the top left hand corner of your screen and select “New Screen Recording”.


Initial Setup

Before you start, click on the little down around next to the record button. This is where you review your current settings for the recording.


If you want to record your voiceover immediately as you create the video, select your microphone.


And, if you want to show your mouse clicks as you record, select show mouse clicks in recording.


Activating Your QuickTime Screen Recording

Now it’s time to press the record button.


At this stage you’ll be given the option of recording the whole screen or just a portion of the screen. You can do that by dropping and dragging your mouse around the portion of the screen that you would like to capture.

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If you would like to change the capture settings, just press the [esc] escape key on your keyboard to reset the parameters, which re-actives this dialog box again.

This time, I’m going to press “Record”, and  click anywhere on the background so I can record the whole screen at one time.

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QuickTime will now record all of the actions that you perform on a screen.




Capturing Your On-screen Actions

At this point, everything you do on your screen right will be recorded in the QuickTime screen capture. As an example, I’ve opened n a Word document and type some text.


Stopping Your Screen Recording

Once you have completed all of the actions that you want to record it’s time to press the stop button. That’s located in the top right hand side of the screen up in the Menu Bar.


Once you press the button you will then be able to see a playback of your clip.


Saving Your Screen Capture Video for Publishing

Once you’ve reviewed your screen capture and are happy with the results, make sure to save your work!

To do this, select [Save] from the [File] menu.


Now, choose a location to save your screen recording on your hard drive.

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Publish Online Using The Native “Sharing” Mac Feature

Alternatively, you can also upload your clip to your preferred media channel by clicking on the [Upload] button next to the play controllers at the bottom of the QuickTime video screen.



Perfecting (Editing) Your Screen Recording Inside of QuickTime

But WAIT… wait if you want to remove the screen recording at the beginning or end to clean up the overall video?

No problem! There’s a little known hidden feature inside of QuickTime that lets you TRIM your screen recording to make sure it’s perfect before publishing.

Check out our post on How to Trim a Video Clip in QuickTime if you want to make sure your video is perfect before publishing to YouTube, Facebook, or any other video hosting platform.

Alternative Editing Options

If you don’t want to edit EVERY SINGLE QuickTime screen recording that you create, check out the Content Creator’s Lounge “done-for-you” video editing service.

This Unlimited Editing Service will let you finish your video courses in half the time so you can make more money and focus on TEACHING YOUR CONTENT and not editing.



Well, there you have it; a step-by-step process for using QuickTime to capture your screen and publish “how-to” videos online.

Have you tried this process yet? If so, how has it worked out for you?

If you have any questions about capturing screen recordings using your Mac and QuickTime, please leave a comment below.

We’re always here to help!

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Jon Acosta is a Digital Media Advisor based in Atlanta, GA. His primary focus is helping companies outsmart their competitors with smart online marketing strategy. Acosta has been a digital video consultant and mentor for some of the largest Fortune 500 companies. Some of his cliental include Apple Inc., Tekla (a Trimble Company), and Elance Inc (now known as "Upwork"). He is also a frequent course author for Pluralsight; an online technology training platform built for corporate teams.

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  1. Very informative! Thanks for showing clearly how to record computer screen. I always create screencast with a web-based software called Acethinker Online Screen Recorder, free and works fairly well. But Quicktime is great for “desktop based” recordings, for sure.

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