QuickTime Tutorial: How To Record Your Screen and Voice-Over (Mac)

QuickTime Tutorial: How To Record Your Screen and Voice-Over (Mac)

Are you looking for an ultra-low cost
no-nonsense way to record your Mac computer screen? Well if you have a
relatively modern Mac you already have a great little screen recording
application already loaded onto your machine.
It’s called QuickTime Player and in this video I’m going to show you how to use
QuickTime Player to create great quality screen recordings coming up. Hey it’s
Mike with more tips and tools to help you create engaging informative and
educational video and if it’s your first time here welcome and make sure you hit
that big subscribe button so you don’t miss a thing. QuickTime Player is an often overlooked
media creation tool that comes pre-installed on a Mac. You can use
QuickTime Player to record audio record and edit video. You can also use
QuickTime Player to record your computer screen to create great quality
screencasts. Let’s hop onto the computer so I can show you the process. So here we
are on my Mac I’m running Mac OS 10.13.2 And I have this
keynote project open here. Now let’s say I want to record a tutorial using this
keynote project. Well obviously in order to do that I need to record my screen
and to do that I’m going to use QuickTime Player.
So to launch QuickTime Player I’m actually going to go up to this
magnifying glass icon here which is Spotlight Search open that up and I get
this search field and I’ll start typing in QuickTime and there’s QuickTime
Player. I’ll double click that to launch it. You can also find QuickTime Player in
your Applications folder. Okay now I’ll go up to the top menu bar and making sure a
QuickTime Player is active I’m gonna select File – New Screen Recording. You can
see there there’s also a keyboard shortcut for that.
Now when you select New Screen Recording you get this little screen recording
interface. This red circular button is what you select to start recording but
before we do that we need to set a few options. Now when you click this little
down arrow beside the Record Button you’ll get options for your screen
recording. The first option is Microphone so any microphones you have connected to
your computer will be listed including the built-in or internal microphone on
your Mac which you could use to record your voice for your screen recording. I prefer to use a higher quality external microphone which in my case is the Rode
NT-USB microphone which I have selected and I’m using right now. Now most likely
you’re going to have to adjust the level of your microphone. To adjust the
microphone level just go up to the Apple icon here and select System Preferences select Sound select the Input button and
then select your microphone in the list. Here is mine the Rode NT-USB microphone and
then down here beside Input Volume you can use this slider here to adjust the
input level of your microphone. This meter down here shows you your
microphone level while you speak into the microphone you can see it moving up
and down as I speak right now. You want to adjust your input level so that the
meter kind of peaks around this second-to-last little dot here. You don’t
want it sitting in this last dot consistently. Usually if that’s the case
your level is too hot and your sound could be distorted which isn’t very good.
Okay now that our microphone level is set up I’m gonna close out of the Sound
panel here and return to our screen recording interface. I’m going to open up
the Options menu again by clicking this downward arrow and down here you can see
options. You have the option to show mouse clicks
in your recording so everywhere you click on the screen during recording a
little circle graphic will flash onto the screen helping draw the viewers
attention to that spot where you clicked. I’m gonna leave this unselected for our
demonstration. Now this slider control here allows you to listen to your voice
through your speakers or headphones if you have them attached to your computer
as you record. A bit of a warning here there is a delay between when you speak
and when it comes out of the speakers which can be incredibly distracting. I
don’t use this setting so I’ll leave it all the way down. The microphone I’m
using the Rode NT-USB has a headphone jack built in so I can listen
to my voice while I record through the microphone itself with no delay which is
handy. Okay so now that we have all of our options set and our microphone level
all ready to go we can record. So once you have your screen arranged the way
you want it you select the red Record Button
and you’ll get this on-screen prompt “Click to record the full screen. Drag to
record part of the screen.” Okay so what does this mean? Well if you click
anywhere on this screen you’ll be recording your entire screen but if you
click and drag you’ll get this selection window and you
can start recording by pressing this button but you can adjust this selection
window by grabbing its edge clicking and dragging. You can also adjust the size by
grabbing these little grey circles on the outside of the window clicking and
dragging to size the window. Only content within this selection
window will be recorded. If you’re not happy with your selection window just
hit the Escape key and that’ll take you out of recording
mode and back to the screen recording interface.
Alright let’s actually record something. So I’m going to hit the red
Record Button again and I’ll get that prompt about the
screen area. I want to record my entire screen so I’m going to just click
anywhere on the screen and now I’m recording and I know I’m
recording because of this little Stop icon way up here on the top menu bar.
Here’s a little tip you want to wait until this little Stop icon is fully
black before you start delivering your content. When it’s fully black it means
the recording is up to speed and running. If you don’t wait for that icon to be
fully black before you start the beginning of your presentation may be cut
off. Okay so now we’re recording. So I’m going to deliver a little bit of this
example tutorial here. So one of the great features of Apple Keynote is a
transition called Magic Move. But it works more than like a transition it’s
really an animation technique. Here I have a slide and I have some basic
shapes on here and I have Magic Move applied to this slide to transition from
this slide to the next slide. So let’s just see how this works. So I’m gonna go
up and select Play – Play Slideshow. Here’s my slide. Now I’ll hit the Forward Arrow
key and watch what happens. Very cool. Let’s get out of that by
hitting Escape. Okay so I’m gonna stop my little tutorial demo here and when
you’re ready to stop recording there’s two ways you can do it. You can go up to
this Stop icon and click that. Another less conspicuous way to stop your screen
recording is to use the keyboard shortcut Command-Control-Escape which is
what I’ll do to stop this recording. Once you stop the recording your
recorded file will pop up automatically as you can see right here so that you
can check it. I’ll quickly check my recording. I’ll hit the play button here on
the QuickTime Player. “…and now I’m recording and I know I’m
recording because of this little Stop icon way up here on the top menu bar.
Here’s a little tip. You want to wait until this little Stop icon is fully
black before you start delivering your content. When it’s fully black it means
the recording is up to speed and running. If you don’t wait for that icon to be
fully black before you start the beginning of your presentation maybe cut
off. Okay so now we’re recording so I’m gonna deliver a little bit of this
example tutorial here. So one of the great features of Apple Keynote is a
transition called Magic Move but it works more than like a transition it’s
really an animation technique. Here I have a slide and I have some basic
shapes on here and I have Magic Move applied to this slide to transition from
this slide to the next.” Okay I’ll stop that. It seems to be all there. Now if
you’re not happy with your recording you can trash it by going up and selecting
this red Close icon the red X here. You’ll get this dialogue that will give
you a choice to delete your recording and you can do that by selecting the
Delete button right here. You can also save your screen recording from this
dialog and that’s what Export As means. You enter a name for your screen
recording file here in this field and if you select this drop-down arrow you can
find a place for your recording on your hard drive. I’m just going to hit cancel
to get out of this dialog screen. Another way to save your recording is to go up
to the top menu and select File- Save and then find a spot on your machine and
then hit Save. So as you see making a screen recording using QuickTime Player
is pretty simple if all you want to do is record your screen and your voiceover
narration which to be honest is pretty much what you’re going to want to do for
most of the screencast tutorials that you create. But what if you want to
record your screen, your voiceover narration and the sounds coming from
your computer, sounds coming from the applications that you’re demonstrating
for example? Well unfortunately you can’t do that with QuickTime Player alone. You
need an extra piece of software. Now if you’re interested in learning how to do
that – to record your screen, your voiceover narration and the sounds
coming from your computer using QuickTime Player I’ve got a video
tutorial that explains how to do that. I’ll leave a link to that tutorial in
the description below. And as always if you want to learn more about how to
create engaging informative and educational video be sure to subscribe
so you don’t miss a thing. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you next time.

Daniel Ostrander

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100 thoughts on “QuickTime Tutorial: How To Record Your Screen and Voice-Over (Mac)

  1. Miracle Love says:

    Really 12 mins. Please!

  2. Arash Vakili says:

    Thank you for this amazing tutorial. I have rather a dumb question, is there a way to record the screen and internal audio while the computer is muted? I would like to be able to record the screen and audio and not disturb the people around me. I would highly appreciate if you could help me.

  3. Red says:

    I installed Quick Time Player but I cannot record my screen! Can anybody help me?

  4. S Sarraf says:

    Thanks Michael, excellent presentation with good amount of details at the right pace for starters!!

  5. Joseph Lee says:

    Great video. So clear and nicely explained. Keep up the good work.

  6. Yoga, Travel & Wellness says:

    You're a great teacher: Clear speech and not overly fast. Thanks!

  7. MadSiss Productions says:

    Thanks for doing this video…. it helps tremendously.

  8. ALDISYAH says:

    hi,Mike..please tell me how to capture 2 audio from different sources at the same time ( ext. microphone and from the computer,so both audio will have good quality )
    and,thank you for this video..blessings 🙂

  9. ᴀ ɢᴜʏ ᴡɪᴛʜ ɴᴏ ʟɪғᴇ says:

    Thank you so much!

  10. Jabulani Sinkala says:

    if i wer to rate your video i would say 110/100 thanks alote mate

  11. Delio Project says:

    Thankyou! I am a teacher of special educational needs and needed to video myself using the scratch program, I feel pretty confident to do it now, you explained it all really clearly.

  12. Shawn R W says:

    God lord this could of been cut in half easily lol

  13. Vittorio A. says:

    does this method record the sounds coming from the computer eg. music

  14. Hannie Metternich says:

    kan dit ook in het Nederlands ?

  15. Mau K. says:

    Very informative video. I saw you did zoom in and zoom out during recording in this video. Can this be done with Quicktime? Or it requires more professional software? Thank you

  16. itsblitzzz says:

    Excellent video and excellent audio quality! Hoping that you have videos on that as well!

  17. Mr.Mustard Videos says:

    How to you get it to a game

  18. AdrianeSoFunny says:

    Where do I know you from? Gosh it’s gonna bother me till I figure it out.

  19. Jakeian Martinez says:

    Hey it's Mike from inquiring minds

  20. Nicki Traikos says:

    Thanks so much!! Your video was super helpful. I'm about to film a class that requires me to record my screen and am confident with how i will film it!!

  21. Katreeya Limsi says:

    Thank You So Much <3 huhuhuhu

  22. Trail Mix says:

    Great video! Thank you!

  23. Muisc Khmer Romatic says:


  24. Sarkazz Here says:

    thank you

  25. Remy says:

    this video was great, direct and to the point thank you!

  26. Egg Nugget says:

    Thanks! Was really helpful. I subbed, clicked bell, and liked.

  27. 7_elevenn says:

    I learned a new trick from you and its when you click anywhere in your screen but you can drag it too! Thank you! But can you make the best gaming editing app for mac? Cause I want to make videos with games!

  28. Saljo says:

    I uploaded a video with quicktime on my yt , BUT IT GOT NO FUCKING SOUND!!!

  29. bünyamin Burak says:

    Thanks from Turkey!

  30. Darpan Sharma says:

    you had done a really great job dude…

  31. Brian Johnson says:


  32. Justice for Alexei says:

    this was supER helpful thanks a bunch

  33. Kam says:

    OMG thanks a million for this recording. You were super clear in your diction and such steady direction. Can you please make ALL tutorial videos on YouTube….I will send you a list of the topic areas that I need done LOL. I have been procrastination on my passive income videos because of not knowing how to easily get this done and finally found an simple video for the motivation. You are helping me help others. I am a professional model and I coach aspiring models so they can avoid industry scams and learn how to get agency signed. Anywhoo God bless all your talent. Kamla-Kay @KamlaKay

  34. A human 10101010 says:

    Now I have to buy it to use it…

  35. Brian Hansen says:

    Where do you get hold of a QuickTime pro now a days?

  36. Rocket Growth Strategies & Digital Marketing says:

    I've used QT to record my screen but as you know it will not include the audio from the computer without using a third party product like Soundflower. Of course the problem there is when using Soundflower it disconnects your audio so you cannot hear the audio as the screen with sound is being recorded. Someone had told me there is a way to do some sort of multi-device so you can record the sound in Quicktime and hear it through the speakers at the same time. Are you familiar with this kind of setup? Also, it would be great if there were a way to not only record the audio from the computer but also from the microphone at the same time. Any thoughts or suggestions on how either of these things can be done?

  37. Honest Finance says:

    Thank you. Much needed help

  38. DarkPlasmaDude says:

    Thank you so much! I have been looking for a way to record my Mac book! Awesome video!

  39. Ron Fleck says:

    Skillfully done. Clear and concise.

  40. Krystle Laughter says:

    Very detailed tutorial. Great video!

  41. Alexandra Lord says:

    Very clear and concise tutorial, thank you. I have a question, is it possible to pause a recording and then return where I left off? Thank you in advance 🙂

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  43. EastonThrill2K4 says:

    Thank you was very helpful.

  44. Trulli Tavi says:

    Thanks so much!!

  45. Mark Webb says:

    Great Video Michael but I have gone through all settings and my sound still won't work. Do you have any ideas please?

  46. Dionne Woods says:

    Very helpful! Thank you!

  47. Bryan Auer says:

    Soothing voice and great content!

  48. 미대나온남자 says:

    Hello, thankyou for share the usfull video. But I have a Question what How can I record screen with Local PC audio. not external mic or external audio. Best regards. I'm mac user.

  49. Wrinkled-Brain Network says:

    Thank you!

  50. Rice_Died _Le says:

    do i allow them to my youtube channel when i save to youtube? pls anwser me

  51. mangopineapplesmoothie says:

    lol 1k like also helpful thx

  52. Michael Almendes says:

    When I use it to record tutorials on logic the music sound is very less how can I increase that

  53. Lorna Morris says:

    Thank you, this was so easy to follow and understand 🙂

  54. Shiyel Little Corner says:

    thanks for the great video

  55. Michael Prado says:

    Great stuff Mike…thanks

  56. innocent voice says:

    no sound heared after screen recording

  57. JoAnn Corley-Schwarzkopf says:

    As a professional speaker I can say — you are an excellent instructor!!!

  58. JoAnn Corley-Schwarzkopf says:

    Btw — had no idea Quick time could do that!

  59. Paul Michael Mason says:

    Nice content, well presented.

  60. Terry Atkins says:

    What screen capture software do you normally use?

  61. Sopheh says:


  62. Steve Whitley says:

    Thanks Michael – I just used this for the first time and your video was extremely useful to me.

  63. Juliana Reyes Castro says:

    I subscribed. Thank you.

  64. Steve McCulloch says:

    How did you zoom in? I could never figure that part out.

  65. Tay Tay Rose says:

    THANK U!!!

  66. BonnieBayCrochet says:

    Excellent instruction! You also have an amazing, professional sounding voice. Thanks for taking the time to serve us with this video! Wishing you the very best on growing your channel.

  67. Rebekah Mutchler says:

    how do you save the video??

  68. Michael Prado says:

    Michael I need help…how do I keep my recording window viewable when I'm recording…right now when I start to record, the recording window disappears…How do I keep it from disappearing when I record? Thanks for all your help

  69. MAMA DEE REACTS says:

    I have been using my QuickTime with no problem, now my audio stopped capturing, just video, any suggestions??

  70. RAZ Touched says:

    million thanks to you Michael.your video is really a big help.God bless you and your family circle…

  71. Maria Ryals says:


  72. Luxury Travel Diva says:

    Great tips!

  73. MOB SQUAD says:

    Nice video, love the voice and gestures. This guy should be a radio DJ with that golden voice…

  74. I Macx says:

    Superbe content and delivery quality. Thanks very much and well done!

  75. GD lunachu says:

    I found out about this which is good because I always wanted to be a geometry dash youtuber

  76. Sebastian Wheaterbix says:

    Many thanks for a very interesting and informative lesson. Great stuff in a professional and engaging manner. 🙂

  77. Khaki Shorts says:

    Great tutorial. I've been wanting to learn how to do this and you explained it clearly and concisely. I've been wanting to do some screen record for a travel planning video I'm working on. This will help me immensely. Thank you!

  78. Henrik says:

    Excellent video. Thank you so much!

  79. Henry Stitt says:

    Hi, thanks for the tutorial. I have a question, will this record my computer's audio as well? We're going to be using it in video interviews with Skype for Business. Will Quicktime also record their voices as well as ours?

  80. TheProgrammingJedi says:

    Wow! Very informative video! I haven't tried the selection window recording yet. Thank you! 👍

  81. Have fun with Allira says:

    how do u download it??

  82. DayoonMom 다윤맘 says:

    This is easy to understand !!♡♡

  83. 로드남 says:

    looking for the quility setting …
    i got the rlly low quaility do u hv anu idea

  84. Talking Dad says:

    the cleanest English voice I've ever heard on youtube.

  85. marblepotato says:

    thank yoyu so much you are a life saver

  86. Real Prepping says:

    Excellent. Thank you. Two questions please: 1. Can you cycle through multiple slides in Keynote/PowerPoint, etc while recording screen in Quicktime? 2. Instead of click and drag a specific portion of the screen, i.e. slide only, can you run Keynote/Power Point in "Full Screen Mode" and record Quicktime like that? Thanks in advance. Excellent channel and excellent instruction.

  87. Stxrry Night says:

    Also how can I Hear my voice and also Hear the desktop sound??? Do I need a mic if I do which one u recommend?????🙃

  88. reden garchitorena says:

    All good but I cannot save the video .. it give me an error .

  89. William Ayala says:

    This video was extremely helpful. I was able to create a quick educational tutorial and used QuickTime player To capture my screen and voice as i moved through the document and explained the document.

  90. Emilia 34 says:

    I recognized your face but couldn’t remember from where I’ve seen u seen I saw the comments 😂 miss those degrassi days

  91. raindrop tv says:

    my my screen recording is in hide mode? i cannot find the answer

  92. Ricardo Arbois Jr says:

    Hi Michael, Excellent video. This was exactly what I wanted to see regarding the use of quick time. I appreciate you taking the time to create these excellent video tutorials. Love your teaching style. God Bless.

  93. Stan Breedlove says:

    My goodness, I’ve finally found a tutorial with an instructor that understands how to teach an audience. I’ve gone through hundreds of videos where the speaker is talking so fast I can’t keep up with what he/she is saying and trying to do. Michael Kinney you. do a wonderful job putting your tutorials together.

  94. Mariam Sodikova says:


  95. Plant Doctor says:

    Please recieve a bundle of thanks for uploading such a fantastic video. It really helped me a lot n added to my knowledge about my Macbook. I had been using my mobile to make volideos by trying different bla bla apps which were really annoying n the length of videos and the quality of my poetic content was compromised. Now I learnt that I can use my Macbook instead and it has all the features to make a good quality video. Your way of presentation, speech speed n accent is fantastic. THANKS AGAIN

  96. Jeremy James says:

    Thanks Michael – can I record system audio and the external mic/interface at the same time. Can't see the option in quicktime….

  97. Evan McArthur says:

    You saved my life….you saved me alot of time, searching online!

  98. AwesomeColum says:

    I live longer thanks to you

  99. Crypto Friendly says:

    man i’ve been using this tip you gave us on a daily basis! But… i just started to face a very annoying problem…. my screen recordings dont want to save anymore ! 🤦🏻‍♂️ i can hit the go button and go to library and through the container file save the quicktime file to my desktop but its corrupted in certain parts of the clip it goes black !

    dont understand whats happening here!

    should i do a OS update or a Nvram resetting?

    any recommendations?

  100. skodware95 says:

    I have quick time but t dosent want to open on my mac

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