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Three Easy Ways to Record Screen on Mac OS

Published on 06 May 16

Since video tutorials are good presentations to show others a project, there must be many times when you want to record screen activities on your Mac. And if you search the Internet, you will find that there are plenty of video recording and screen capturing tools out there, but vary in functionalities.

If you are just looking for a screen recorder but don't know which to choose, you can simply refer to the following top 3 tools, including QuickTime Player, Any Video Converter Ultimate and Camtasia, to record screen on your Mac OS.
Way 1 Record Video with QuickTime Player

Many users didn't know that Apple has added the screen recording feature to QuickTime Player in Snow Leopard. It lets you create easy screen activities and share with others. Let's follow the steps below to record video with QuickTime Player.

Step 1. Launch QuickTime Player, select File > New Screen Recording.

Step 2. A screen recording window will open. Before you begin to record the screen, you can click the small triangle button on the right to set a few settings.

Step 3. Hit the red "Record" button to start capturing your screen, you will get a hint to ask whether capture the entire screen or only a portion of the screen.

Step 4. Click "Stop" button once you finish the screen recording. Then you can preview and export the recorded video to save.

Tips: QuickTime Player also allows you to record the audio and movie.
Another video recording software we are going to introduce is Any Video Converter Ultimate for Mac, which is able to record screen and video, including streaming videos, online videos, live sports, etc in fast speed with excellent audio & video quality.
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Step 1. Open Any Video Converter Ultimate for Mac and go to the "Record Screen" panel record screen to select the record mode.

Step 2. Set the Capture Parameters on the right pane.

Step 3. Click Start Record button to start recording.

Step 4. To stop the recording, you have three options: click Stop Record button in Record Screen list, click Stop button in Task-Pending-Recording list or click shortcuts Shift+ Command+ 1.

Tips: Any Video Converter Ultimate also allows you to convert the recorded video files into other formats, such as WMV, MPG, MP4, AVI, 3GP, 3G2, FLV, SWF, MP3, WMA, etc on Mac.

Way 3 Record Video with Camtasia Mac

The last screen recorder in our list is Camtasia from TechSmith company. This video capture is a best combination of screen recording and video editing. It's more than a simple screen recorder, but gives you the tools you need to truly customize and edit your videos. This is the most professional and the best of these three screen recorders, but also costs the most, about 100 US dollars.
Step 1. Load Camtasia Mac 2 and you will get the setting window:
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Step 2. Choose the preset region of your video recording and hit the red button on the right to view and preset the recording region.

Step 3. Begin to capture the screen activity by clicking "Rec" button.

Tips: After the recording is finished, Camtasia will lead you to a video editing window. You can then edit the video by adding some special effects, trimming, cutting, annotations, etc to make it more vivid.

So which way do you prefer?
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  1. 10 September 20

    I recently get a free screen recorder for mac from, a special multimedia event. It allows sharing, reviewing or recording to get free licenses. My tool is Joyoshare Screen Recorder ( ), which captures videos and audios on Mac in high quality and I don't have to worry about recording time. No limit! As I know, QuickTime cannot only record system audio. This one is just a good alternative.

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