How To Screen Video On Mac With Sound

Mac screen video with sound

Do you need to record a video of your Mac screen with sound? Whether you want to create a tutorial for your YouTube channel, demonstrate a software issue to tech support, or capture a funny moment from a video call, it’s easy to screen video on Mac with sound. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Check Your System Preferences

Mac system preferences

Before you start recording, make sure your Mac’s system preferences are set up correctly. Go to the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen, then click “System Preferences” and choose “Sound”. In the “Input” tab, select your preferred microphone (if you have an external one). In the “Output” tab, choose your preferred speakers or headphones. Make sure the volume is set to an appropriate level.

Step 2: Open QuickTime Player

Mac quicktime player

QuickTime Player is a built-in app on your Mac that can record your screen with sound. Open it from your Applications folder or by searching with Spotlight. Once it’s open, click “File” in the menu bar and choose “New Screen Recording”.

Step 3: Customize Your Recording Options

Mac screen recording options

A new window will appear with some recording options. Click the triangle next to the red record button to customize them. You can choose to record the entire screen or just a selected portion, as well as the quality of the recording. Make sure the “Microphone” option is selected if you want to record sound from your computer.

Step 4: Start Recording

Mac start screen recording

When you’re ready to start recording, click the red record button. You’ll be prompted to select the area of the screen you want to capture (if you chose “Selected Portion” in the previous step). Click and drag your cursor to create a rectangle around the area you want to record. When you’re ready, click “Start Recording”.

Step 5: Stop Recording

Mac stop screen recording

When you’re finished recording, click the stop button in the menu bar or use the keyboard shortcut “Control + Command + Esc”. Your recording will automatically save to your desktop or wherever you chose to save it. You can now edit or share your video as desired.

Tips and Tricks

Mac screen recording tips

Here are some additional tips and tricks for screen recording on Mac:

  • Use a keyboard shortcut to start and stop recording more quickly. Go to “System Preferences”, then “Keyboard”, then “Shortcuts”. Choose “Screen Shots” from the left-hand menu and customize the “Start Recording” and “Stop Recording” commands.
  • Record audio from both your computer and microphone at the same time by choosing “Multi-Output Device” in the “Output” tab of your Sound preferences.
  • Use QuickTime Player to trim and edit your recordings. Open your saved video in QuickTime Player, then choose “Edit” in the menu bar.
  • Experiment with different recording options to find the right balance of quality and file size.


Screen recording on Mac with sound is a useful feature for a variety of purposes. By following these simple steps, you can easily create videos of your Mac screen with audio. Remember to check your system preferences, customize your recording options, and use keyboard shortcuts for faster recording. With a little practice, you’ll be a pro at screen recording in no time!

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