Screen record on Mac: Tips and tricks from basics to advanced | TechBuzz

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Capturing a screen recording on your Mac is valuable for a variety of scenarios. There are handy third-party apps to help with this, but Apple offers a free built-in option with macOS. Follow along for several ways to screen record on Mac.

With modern macOS releases (Mojave and later), Macs have a hidden screen record app with more advanced controls like a timer, save to destination choices, show/hide the mouse pointer, remember last selection, microphone control, and more.

If you mostly do straightforward screen recording on Mac, the native functionality is free with no app to download.

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However, if you need advanced features, we’ll also cover some third-party options below.

Screen record on Mac: Basics to advanced

Built-in macOS tool

  1. On your Mac keyboard, press the combination command + shift + 5 (can be used while running any app)
  2. In the bottom middle of the screen, choose the rectangle with a circle icon to record the whole screen or the dotted-line rectangle with a circle icon to record a selection of your screen
  3. Click the Options button if you’d like to enable the microphone, show mouse clicks, select a save location, and more
  4. Choose Record to start
  5. When you’re done, click the Stop button (circle with square icon) in the menu bar found in the top middle/right of your screen
  6. Your recording will show up on your Mac’s desktop by default unless you picked a different save location

You can also pull up this menu in QuickTime by clicking File > New Screen Recording but the keyboard shortcut is usually faster.

Here’s how all that looks on Mac:

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From there you can either hit Record to start or click Options to customize your screen record settings.

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If you have multiple displays in your setup you’ll get to choose which screen to record if you selected the full-screen option.

When you’re done, click the Stop button (circle with square icon) in the menu bar found in the top middle/right of your screen.

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Look for your saved screen recording on your desktop or where you chose to save it when customizing

Screen record on Mac with third-party apps

If you need advanced screen record features, a favorite of the team here at 9to5Mac is CleanShot X.

Capabilities include:

  • Annotations
  • Quick access overlay
  • Scrolling capture in addition to entire screen, selection, windows, more
  • Freeze screen
  • Robust screen recording
    • Record as GIF
    • Auto-enable Do Not Disturb
    • Show/Hide cursor
    • Hide clutter from your desktop when recording
    • Capture Clicks
    • Capture Keystrokes
  • Upload screenshots and recordings and get a link to share with CleanShot Cloud
  • Tags
  • Team management features
  • Custom domain and branding

CleanShot X is priced at $29 for 1 Mac as a one-time purchase that includes updates for a year (optional $19 annual subscription for future updates). Meanwhile, CleanShot Cloud Pro offers all the features including custom domain names and branding, self-destruct control, and more from $8/month per user when paid annually.

And two more popular third-party screen record apps for Mac worth checking out include:

  • Snagit – free trial then $63
  • Monosnap – free basic plan or $2.50 or $5/month for advanced and commercial plans

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