Sometimes, taking a screenshot is just not enough. Certain circumstances require a next-level screen recording functionality. For instance, you’re facing a system breakdown/bug issue/app problem on your device and wish to get better technical assistance by capturing the problem in real-time. How can you do that? Via screen recording. Or, you’re attending a virtual conference call in your professional capacity and would like to save it as minutes for a later perusal. What’s the easiest way? Screen recording. Or, you’re streaming Dark Crystal and think you might miss subtle details on the first run. How can you save the episode for a later re-watching session without having to download it? Through screen recording. So on and so forth. In order to avail the benefits of this dynamic feature efficiently, you should know how to use it effectively. And, when it comes to Mac, the following steps will show you how to enable screen recording without the slightest hitch. Read on.
If You Have Upgraded to Mojave
Mojave is the latest installation of the macOS and comes with a number of brilliant features. I would recommend you to download the Mojave update over a powerful network that’s supported by this site, and upgrade your Mac experience right away. In case you’ve already done it, then screen recording becomes super easy for you. Simply press Shift-Command-5 on the keyboard and view a sleek control tab on your screen. This panel will give you the options of recording the entire screen, only a select part of the screen or taking a still image of the screen in whichever order you’ll like. Once you’re done, a small thumbnail of the screen recording will show up in the bottom right corner. You can either:
- Click on it to Trim the video or Share it.
- Control-click on it to determine the Save location, Delete it right there or Open in a New App, etc.
- Swipe it to the right or do not do anything to automatically save it.
- Drag it to Move it to another spot or in another folder etc.
The recording panel also offers you a number of basic Settings, including Timer (start recording right away or ten seconds later), Microphone (add audio or narration), and Show Mouse Click, etc. Adjust the options in a manner you’ll like and begin recording.
If You Haven’t Upgraded to Mojave
Mac-sans-Mojave also has a screen recording capability, but it comes riding on the back of an app known as ‘Quick Time Player’. It is an extensible multimedia framework that’s inherent to Apple’s devices, so you don’t need to download it separately. How does it work?
- Open the Finder on the bottom of your screen and tap the Applications tab on the left side bar.
- Locate the Quick Time Player in the Applications folder, and launch it by double-clicking on it.
- Go to File and travel down the menu to the New Screen Recording button. Clicking it will pop a new window open.
- In case you want to add audio to your video, then head over to the downward facing arrow right next to the main red-and-white recording button, and check Internal Microphone option.
- If you want a black distinguishing circle around the mouse cursor when you click it while recording, enable Show Mouse Clicks in the same settings Options.
- Begin your screen recording by activating the circular red-dot icon in the window. You can go two ways from here. A. You can click anywhere to record the entire screen in a go. B. You can drag to select a particular portion of the screen with your mouse and then hit Start Recording to capture only the highlighted part.
- End your screen recording by clicking the circular black-square icon in the toolbar or by pressing Command-Control-Esc on your keyboard. As you do so, Quick Time Player will automatically bring the recorded video before your eyes so you can Edit it, Save it, Share it or Delete it as you wish.
Therefore, by following the aforementioned steps, you can easily record your Mac’s screen for whichever purpose you deem best.
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