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How to Use QuickTime Player to Record Your Screen

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By Justin SabrinaUpdated on December 16, 2022

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QuickTime Player is not only a competent media player, but also a helpful screen recorder for Mac system. How to record your screen with QuickTime Player? Read on this article, you will get the solution, and the best QuickTime alternative for Mac - UkeySoft Screen Recorder, which can help you record any desktop activity with audio!

Can I record my Mac screen for free? The answer is absolutely! When recording the screen on a Mac computer, most of us look for a screen recorder for Mac designed for the job. But you don't have to. There is a built-in screen recording software on your Mac, called QuickTime Player. You can follow this tutorial to learn how to record your screen using QuickTime Player on Mac. In addition, you will get the best alternatives to QuickTime Screen recording.

Part 1. Record Your Screen in QuickTime Player

QuickTime Player is the built-in media player for Mac OS X/11/12/13. Besides playing video files, QuickTime Player also doubles as a screen recorder! But it is not free for Windows system. If you pay for the program, you can use QuickTime on your PC. So it is not a good deal. There are some free alternative options for PC users, you can refer to this post to record screen on Windows PC.

Steps to Create Screen Recordings with QuickTime Player

Step 1. Launch Quicktime Player
First, open QuickTime Player on your Mac. Select 'File' > 'New Screen Recording'.

screen record QuickTime

Step 2. Set up for Microphone
A Screen Recording prompt will appear. Click the down arrow next to the Record button to ensure you are set up the Microphone and Options properly. To record your own voice, you must have an internal or external microphone to record.

QuickTime screen recorder

Step 3. Start Recording
If everything is ready, hit on the 'Record' button. If you don't want to record the full screen, click and drag the part you want, then click "Start Recording".

start recording on QuickTime

Start 4. Finish Recording
When you're ready to finish recording, you can press the 'Stop' button in the top menu bar. Or press the Command-Control-Esc keys at the same time.

finish recording in QuickTime

Step 5. Save Your Recording
Then it will pop up your recording on the screen. If satisfied, please go to 'File' > 'Save'.

screen recording in QuickTime

A popup will appear on your video, give your video a name and click "Save".

name recording file

It is convenient to capture your screen using QuickTime Player. But the biggest disadvantage of QuickTime is that it cannot capture internal system sounds. You can only record external live sound with the built-in microphone or headphones. And the large recording file. Sometime, it doesn't work at all for some reason. So how to fix QuickTime Player not working on Mac? Want to record your screen on Mac with sound? Next, we will introduce you a professional Screen Recorder for Mac and Windows.

Part 2. Best QuickTime Player Alternative for Mac

When it comes to the top alternative to QuickTime, you can't miss UkeySoft Screen Recorder. UkeySoft Screen Recorder is an all-in-one screen recorder, game recorder and video editor. Its simple but powerful recording features let you record any on-screen activity without lag or watermark. For example, you can take a screenshot on the recording area in real-time; or record educational, business training videos, online streaming videos; or record Presentations with Webcam; or just record online calls, Zoom meeting, and more. With it, you can easily record

As a powerful game recorder, it is able to record gameplay videos in smooth and high quality without any lag. After capturing and recording, you can use its built-in editing features to edit the video, save it in any popular format, or even share the video file via social networks.

Even if VLC or QuickTime don't work on your Mac, no worry! With it, you can easily record your computer screen with sound! Currently, it is available for Mac and Windows operating systems, including macOS 10.9, 10.10, 10.11 and 10.12, 10.13 and above, Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10, 11 (32 & 64bits) and Windows Vista/XP.

Highlights of UkeySoft Screen Recorder:

  • Record screen, online videos and audio on Windows and Mac system.
  • Record Zoom meetings, game videos, live streaming, online calls, etc.
  • Take screenshots for scrolling screen, active screen, and edit images.
  • Customize recording area, set Microphone & Webcam inputs.
  • Record your Mac screen as MP4, MOV, M4V, FLV, AVI files.
  • Offer the editing features to draw, annotate, and highlight screen in Real-Time.
  • Cut videos, add a text message, shapes, arrows, logo, watermark, etc.

How to Record Your Screen on a Mac without QuickTime?

Step 1. Install and Launch UkeySoft Screen Recorder
Click the Download button above, get UkeySoft Screen Recorder downloaded on your Mac computer. Follow the prompts to complete the installation. Start the program.

launch Screen Recorder

Step 2. Customize the Recording Area & Microphone
UkeySoft Screen Recorder for Mac offers different options for users to record the Mac screen, including Full Screen, Custom Area, App Window, Camera, Audio Only. You can select "Full Screen". Then turn on/off the camera, adjust the System Audio or Microphone.

set sound setting

Step 3. Customize the Output Settings
Click the Gear icon in the lower left corner to open the settings window. In 'General' option, you can set the Video format, Video quality, Video framerate, etc.

screen recorder settings

Besides, you can tap the 'Shortcuts', 'Watermark', 'Camera' and others for more settings.

screen recorder Shortcuts

Step 4. Start Recording Screen on Mac
After completing the above settings, click on "Record" button (or press fn 1 on your keyboard) to start recording.

start recording mac screen

If you've finished recording, press fn 1 on your keyboard to pause/end the recording and save the file.

record mac screen completed

Step 5. View the Output Recorder File
After the recording is completed, to vie the the recorded video files, please turn back to the main interface, click the "History" icon in the lower left corner.

view output file

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