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How to Use QuickTime Screen Recording with Audio

quicktime player QuickTime is the built-in media player for Mac computers that can open videos and audios saved in your local drive. If you own a modern Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, you will find that there is a screen recorder built-in the QuickTime Player. This QuickTime recorder allows you to record anything displayed on your Mac screen readily. No matter you want to capture some gameplay footage or show somebody how to use a program with video tutorials, you can make the screen recording using QuickTime without spending a dime.

However, when recording with QuickTime, you will find that you only get the screen without audio. What about the situation when you need to record the audio simultaneously on your Mac? Can QuickTime record and sound at the same time? Now follow the instructions below to use QuickTime screen recording with music.

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How to Use QuickTime to Record Screen with Audio on Mac

QuickTime Player is a software that enables users to play a movie or any local videos on a Mac computer. It was developed by Apple on December 2, 1991, and is available for Apple devices and IBM compatible computers. Aside from playing videos, you can also use this app to record your display screen. It can provide you a 1080p quality video, which is great for recording live streams, gameplays, video tutorials, and more. Also, it allows you to edit and share media files directly to Google Drive, Dropbox, AirDrop, Facebook, and more. Besides, with its onscreen controls similar to a CD or DVD player, you can easily navigate it. To know how to screen record using this tool, follow the steps below.

Step 1 Launch the QuickTime Player

First, go to "Finder" on your Mac and look for QuickTime Player to launch it. Once started, click the "File" at the top of your screen and choose "New Screen Recording" to begin.

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Step 2 Start recording

Next, it will show you a floating toolbar that you can use for recording. From there, click the "Dropdown" menu next to the "Recorder" button in the middle of the toolbar. Then, choose if you want the option to show your mouse cursor on the recording. You can also enable the "Built-in Microphone: Internal Microphone" to put narrations on the video. After you choose, it will start recording automatically.

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Step 3 Watch the recorded video

Once done, click the "Stop" button in the menu bar beside the "Wifi" icon at the upper part of your display screen to stop QuickTime screen recording. You can save the video by clicking the "File" at the menu bar, then select "Save," and choose your preferred output folder to save. You can watch the video by double-clicking it.

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Review of QuickTime Screen Recording

We all know that QuickTime Player is the default media player and recorder of the newest version of Mac OS. It is helpful since it can play movies and iTunes files. You don't need to purchase expensive tools to record your Mac screen with the help of QuickTime Player. There are lots of things that you will surely like on this tool. However, there are also drawbacks that you should know before you use this tool. On that note, we have listed all the advantages and disadvantages of this software below.


  • It saves you the trouble of searching, downloading, and installing any possible harmful software on your Mac.
  • QuickTime can let you play locally saved videos, as well as online streaming videos using their URL.
  • This tool can edit by resizing, put annotations, and cropping the video recording.
  • Thanks to its feature that supports H.264 video compression, it can play a bright and crisp 1080p full HD video.
  • QuickTime Player can also convert video to MP4, MKV, AVI, MOV, and more.

  • Even though QuickTime Player is a robust screen recorder, it does not record any system audio on Mac.
  • The users need to manually install extra codes first before it can able to playback videos and audios.
  • It limits users on how to save media files. You can only choose a single movie format, and it has no control over the audio.
  • QuickTime Player is not advisable for recording creative or artistic videos.

The worst drawback of QuickTime Player is it cannot record system sound. But don't worry, because some tools can help you with that problem. You can install the software called the Soundflower on your Mac to record the audio while the QuickTime Player is recording your screen. It is a free audio recorder extension that enables applications to pass audio to other software.


QuickTime Recorder Alternative - Screen Grabber Pro

If you are not satisfied with QuickTime Player and don't want the hassle of installing third-party apps for audio recording, then use the AceThinker Screen Grabber Pro. This tool can record your Mac screen in full-screen, region, webcam, and around a mouse along with its audio. You can choose the audio input to system sound, Microphone, or both to record. Another good thing about this tool is it allows you to add shapes, lines, texts, and arrows while recording to enhance the video. It will also give you the option to change the default format to MP4, AVI, FLV, MKV, MOV, and more. For you to start using this tool, follow the steps below to use this Mac screen and audio recorder.

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Step 1 Download and install the tool

Click the "Download" button above intended for Mac computers to get the installer of Screen Grabber Pro. Then, launch it and follow the steps on installing the tool on your Mac. After that, click the "Menu" button at the right side of the tool to go to "Settings" and customize your preferred configuration.


Step 2 Choose the audio and video input

Once done, click the "Mic" icon beside the "REC" button to choose the audio source from System sound, Microphone, or both to record. After that, you can click the "Full-screen" icon at the leftmost part of the recorder to capture the entire screen of your Mac. You can click the "Region mode" icon and choose the area of the screen you want to record.

audio output

Step 3 Begin screen recording

When done, click on the "REC" button at the rightmost part of the interface to start recording. A floating toolbar will appear that you can use to control the recording. You can click the "Pen" icon at the rightmost part of the toolbar to open its annotating tool. From there, you can put shapes, lines, and arrows and change their colors and size.


Step 4 Watch the recorded video

Lastly, you can end the recording by clicking the "Stop" button at the rightmost part of the floating toolbar. You can find the recorded videos in its preview panel. You can play it by double-clicking the video from the tool.

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