Capture Screen Video on macOS without Third-Party Apps — 2022

Recording the screen of our computer can be tremendously useful for certain cases, such as being able to explain an action. On a computer with macOS it is possible to do it natively without the need to install any type of third-party programs or applications, although obviously it can also be done through them. What we will explain to you in this article are the ways to record the screen of your Mac without having to download and install any type of external program.

Screen recording on macOS natively

As we said before, Apple has already thought of this utility and offers the possibility of making a video recording of the screen of your computers without having to install anything. This native recording can be carried out in two ways, the first of which is very similar to what happens when we want to take a screenshot as an image.

Necessary requirements

In principle, you will be able to record the screen of your computer regardless of its model and features. Therefore, it will not matter if it is a laptop or a desktop, as well as its processor, RAM, or storage capacity. Although for obvious reasons you must have enough space to save the recording later. Of course, you must have a version that is macOS 10.14 Mojave or later . We remind you that the computers compatible with this version of Apple software are the following:

    MacBook(early 2015 and later models) MacBook Air(Mid 2012 and later models) MacBook Pro(Mid 2012 and later models) Mac mini(Late 2012 and later models) iMac(Late 2012 and later models) iMac Pro(2017 model) Mac Pro(Mid 2010, Mid 2012 models with Metal-capable graphics cards, and Late 2013 models)

It should be noted that, apart from that, you must have enough space on the storage disk. As we said before, it is not that it is necessary to have a very large memory because you are ultimately indifferent to the process itself, but you should not forget that in the end you will be creating a new file that will take up space. If it is a long recording and you have little space, it is likely that you will get an error when saving it.

Steps to follow

Just as we can take screenshots on Mac in a really simple way through a few simple commands, it is also possible to access screen recordings in a similar way. You just have to follow these three steps:

  1. press the keys CMD + SHIFT + 5 at once.
  2. Click on Engrave and the recording will start.
  3. Click on the Stop icon in the menu bar to stop recording. end screen recording mac

Via QuickTime, Apple program

You probably already know QuickTime or at least it sounds familiar to you. This is a program developed by Apple and has been available on Mac computers since 2009. Although its main function is to serve as a video player in different formats, the truth is that it supports other interesting functions such as recording the screen of the computer.

What you need to use this function

If your computer doesn't support macOS Mojave or you don't want to update to that version, you'll need this program to natively record your screen. Does not require installation because it is already a program that is installed as standard on Macs, although not all versions can perform this function, since it is only available in macOS 10.13 High Sierra and later . Therefore, the compatible equipment is the following:

    MacBook(Late 2009 and later models) MacBook Air(Late 2010 and later models) MacBook Pro(Mid 2010 and later models) Mac mini(Mid 2010 and later models) iMac(Late 2009 and later models) iMac Pro(2017 model)* Mac Pro(mid 2010 and later)

The 2017 iMac Pro, the only model in this range, cannot have macOS High Sierra because it was released on dates when there were already more recent versions. In any case, it is compatible with screen recording using QuickTime.

Guide to make screen video in QuickTime

As we said in previous points, you will not need to download this program because it is already installed natively. Of course, you will have to have it located to be able to use it. If you can't find it, you can use the search engine (cmd + space) and type QuickTime to make it appear. Once you have it open you will have to follow these steps:

  1. Go to the menu bar at the top and display Archive.
  2. Click now on new screen recording and you will see a recording window open. quicktime mac screen
  3. If you click on the arrow next to the record button you will be able to modify certain recording settings, such as choosing if you want the audio and its source to be captured as well as the section of the screen you want to capture.
  4. Click on the record button to start recording.

For end the recording all you have to do is press the button on the top toolbar in the shape of a square or press CMD + Cntrl. + Esc. As soon as you finish, the file will appear on the screen for you to make the modifications you deem appropriate and then you can save it in the folder you want. The recording will be saved on the desktop, although you can change in the settings where you want it to be added by default.

Available options

You may be wondering if there are additional settings for the recording or what you can do with it afterwards. And, if you had not already seen it during the process, in these next sections we will tell you what is available to you.

Settings for recording

Notably, regardless of the method you use to carry out the recording, you will have these options available that can be key so that the resulting file is as you wish. All of them appear precisely in Options before proceeding to record.

    where to keep it, being able to choose any location, although by default there is the option to save it in Desktop, Documents, Mail, Messages and QuickTime Player (application folder). timer, the option that will allow the recording to start after 5 or 10 seconds if you wish, and you can also set 0 seconds so that the recording starts directly at the moment you hit the corresponding record button. Choose the microphoneIt is another of the options that is given, being able to choose the one that already has the Mac integrated or any other that you have connected by Bluetooth or USB. There is also the option of not choosing any and that the recording be made without sound. Other optionsthat both methods offer are showing the thumbnail as a floating window, remembering the last selection (saves the settings you set for the next time) and showing the clicks you make with the mouse during the recording.

Apart from these, we also find the possibility of choose screen section you want to record, being able to choose the entire screen, a window in question or a section of any part of it.

What to do next with the file

Both forms of screen recording offer identical results, only the way of carrying it out changes. The final file will be a .MOV file , which is a video format owned by Apple and is associated with QuickTime, although there are many other programs that can play it. Once you have the video ready, you can carry out numerous actions that we will discuss below.

Native video editing

Applications like Final Cut Pro or any other video editor will allow you to create authentic works of art. In this case we recommend Final Cut obviously because it is completely native to Apple, and that is why it will work properly with these files. You will be able to add effects to it, cut it or any other readjustment with which to achieve that the final result of this is what you want.

But in the event that you do not require great precision in editing or do not want to complicate yourself too much, you will be able to do it much easier. Natively, there is a video viewer in macOS, which will always allow you to have different editing tools that are basic. Among these, the possibility of rotating a video or adding effects stands out, which are very basic at first, but sufficient for most users.

Upload files to iCloud

It is important to always have all the files that you have generated from these recordings in a safe place. On a Mac you will be able to use iCloud Drive or any other such as Google's. The good thing about this is that you can access it from other computers that are not necessarily the Mac you recorded it with. You can also choose this option in the save settings we discussed earlier.

But keep in mind that you can always forget about this saving process, thanks to the automation of iCloud. If you make your storage settings, you can always have the favorite folders of your choice synchronized. In this way, if you have established a single place to store all your data, they will always be synchronized to access screen recordings from any device.

Share it with other people

This is undoubtedly one of the great options that exist when exploiting the file that you just downloaded from your screen. In this case, there is the option of uploading it to social networks so that it can be seen by your followers. Obviously for this, you should always take into account if the platform you have chosen supports the video both for its format and for its weight. Remember that the resolution is quite large, and this always makes the weight a really critical point.

This is useful to be able to explain a concept with a graphic support that you have on your computer screen. This is because, as we have mentioned throughout this article, you can add an audio track with your own voice. But beyond social networks, it will also be possible to use other platforms such as email, WhatsApp or Telegram. You can also choose to upload the file to different platforms in order to have an academic environment, for example in a high school or in another institution.