How to Record Screen on Mac with Audio

Posted by Nick Orin on Dec 13, 2019 6:12 PM

The need for screen recording growing bigger and bigger nowadays. Everybody has something to record on their Mac. It could be a FaceTime call, a game video, a website video, or a clip of some workarounds on Mac.

When you search "how to record on Mac" on Google instead of going straight to "best screen recording software for Mac", I assume you need a detailed guide on how to do the screen recording on your Mac. So here we map out all the information you need to know, including pictures and video tutorials. This can make sure you successfully do the screen recording on your Mac.

1. Screen Record with QuickTime Player
2. Screen Record with Free Online Chrome Extension
3. Screen Record with TunesKit Screen Recorder

1. Screen Record with QuickTime Player

The first shortcut we are going to introduce is something already on your computer – QuickTime Player. The built-in tool is always something you should try before you go looking for extra help. Unlike the built-in tool on Mojave, QuickTime supports all modern models of Mac. Let's see how to screen record with QuickTime.

Step 1 Launch QuickTime Player on Mac

Locate QuickTime Player from your Applications folder and launch it. Then go to the top menu bar and click "File". From the drop-down list, select "New Screen Recording" and a screen record box will pop up.

Step 2 Adjust Recording Settings

Before starting to record, you should click the down-arrow icon next to the "Start" button to adjust the recording settings, mainly the sound settings. There are "None", "Built-in Input: Line In" and "Built-in Microphone: Internal Microphone" for you to choose. If you want to record your voice with a built-in microphone, choose "Built-in Microphone: Internal Microphone". If you want to use an external microphone, choose "Built-in Input: Line In". (Note that in some old version, there's no support for an external microphone.)

Step 3 Start and Stop Recording

To start recording, simply click and then customize an area to record your screen. To stop recording, click in the toolbar. After that, click "File" again and choose "Save". Enter a name for the recording and decide which folder you want to save it. Confirm the settings by clicking "Save".

QuickTime is quite neat since there's no watermark or time limitation of the recording. However, the biggest shortcoming of QuickTime is that it can't record computer audio, which means that you can't record the streaming audio on your Mac. Solutions here are to raise the volume on your speaker and hope that the built-in microphone can capture that audio or add a sound extension, such as Sunflower, to your Mac. While these two solutions are both far from satisfying.

2. Screen Record with Free Online Chrome Extension

If you don't have much storage, you can consider using some Chrome extensions to record the screen on Mac. These extensions are mostly free and require no downloading or installation. More importantly, some of them have what QuickTime Player doesn't have, which is the feature to record computer audio. Now, let me recommend some of the best of all I've used.

Main Feautres Screencastify Chrome Screen Recorder Loom Apowersoft Free Online Screen Recorder
Record Full Screen
Record WebCam
Record Screen+WebCam × × ×
Record Microphone Audio
Record Computer Audio × ×
Output HD Recordings × ×
Screenshot × × ×
Mouse Highlight × ×
Video Trimmer × ×
Annotation Feature ×
Shareable Link
Cloud Recording × × ×
Log in Via Google Account × ×
Limitation free plan only allows 50 video recordings only output .webm format too many register steps need to download a launcher


1. Except Apowersoft, the other three are chrome extensions and this saves you the hassles to create a new account.

2. You can easily share the recordings with your friend as they all provide a shareable link and some of them even support cloud recording.

3. Some of them offer extra features, such as annotation and mouse highlight.


1. Most of them can't record the screen and webcam at the same time.

2. Not allow to customize the recording area except Apowersoft, so you can only choose to record the full screen or the tab in chrome.

3. They have very few output formats to choose, especially the Chrome Screen Recorder can only output WEBM format.

3. Screen Record with TunesKit Screen Recorder

So, in this section we will have a screen recorder that overcomes all the shortcomings of QuickTime and online screen recorders:

1. It can record screen with both microphone audio and system sound.

2. It has 3 recording modes: only video, only audio, video and audio together.

3. Output Hight resolution video and provides up to 30 output formats to choose.

4. Allow you to customize recording area, hotkeys, and watermark.

5. Has built-in time scheduler and video editor.

TunesKit Screen Recorder is a favorable paid alternative but it also has a free version for you to try. There is no recording time limitation on the trial. It is available on both Mac and Windows. Let's learn how to record video on Mac with TunesKit.

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TunesKit Screen Recorder

  • Caputure any videos play on your desktop, such as video calls, Twitch game video, and live streams
  • Record screen video and audio separately or simultaneously
  • Work well as a screenshot tool, output high resolution recordings
  • Convert recorded video to any format without watermark
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Step 1 Select Output Format

adjust the settings

Launch TunesKit Screen Recorder on your Mac.Click the "cog" icon to open the setting panel. For the basic record options, you can change the output folder and output format as you want. To capture lossless video, choose the format under "HD Video". In the record time options, you can use the time scheduler to set a time to begin and end the recording. This feature is very convenient and you can leave the recorder to finish everything automatically. In the cursor options setting, we suggest you uncheck all the boxes to hide the mouse if you don't want it to show in the recording.

Step 2 Customize Size and Area to Record

In step 2, click the "+" button on the left or the down arrow icon next to it. You can select the recording area using these two buttons. There are many fixed sizes for you to choose or you can customize the area by yourself.

Step 3 Record Screen with Audio

When all the settings are done, hit on the "REC" button to start recording videos. Click the "stop" button when you finish the recording. If you set the hotkey to start/stop capture, you can press the hotkey on your keyboard to finish the whole process. After that, you can cut out the unwanted parts with the built-in video cutter.


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