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How to Stop QuickTime Screen Recording

stop quicktime screen recordingQuickTime Player is a pre-installed player by Apple on Mac, which is responsible for synchronizing the audio and graphic files to create new ones. Aside from its primary function as a media player, this tool lets you record your on-screen activities efficiently. Meanwhile, this app has drawbacks as a recorder, such as non-stop screencasting and frustratingly unsaved output. These troubles made some users install third-party software instead. But before jumping on that option, try these methods we will give you. We will accordingly show you several ways to stop QuickTime screen recording.

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How to Stop QuickTime Screen Recording on Mac

Show Recording Bar with Your Keyboard

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  • First, press the "ESC" key on your keyboard to show the Stop icon. Once the icon appears on your screen, hit the "Stop" in the middle part.
  • Another option is to press the "ESC" key on your keyboard to show the Stop icon.
  • It will then bring you to the preview window, where you can save your recorded video.

Force Quit QuickTime

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  • To stop screen recording QuickTime, force quit the app by finding and clicking the Apple menu from the upper panel.
  • Then, click the "Force Quit Finder" button from the options. From there, browse the file to find and highlight the QuickTime tool.
  • On the window's lower right corner, hit "Force Quit." After that, QuickTime stops screen recording in the background and will also stop.

Go to Activity Monitor and Stop QuickTime

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  • Click the "Finder" button on your menu tab and go to the "Applications" tab from the options.
  • Next, go to "Utilities" and move on to the "Activity Monitor" tab.
  • Finally, select the "QuickTime Player" from the menu and hit the "Quit" button to stop QuickTime.

QuickTime Stop Screen Recording Shortcut

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  • Open QuickTime by hitting the CPU option from the computer tab you can see at the bottom.
  • Then, click "X" in the upper left window of the app's interface. Once done, it will stop your QuickTime Player application.

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Step 1 Install the QuickTime Alternative Screen Recorder

The first step is installing the utility on your Mac computer by clicking on the Mac OS "Download" button above. Follow the instructions in the wizard box to install the tool on your Mac computer successfully. After installation, launch the app from the Mac's "Applications/Utilities" folder and glance at its main interface.

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Step 2 Configure The Tool's Recording Settings

Then, access  its main settings by clicking the menu bar in the tool's upper right corner and picking "Preferences."  For a crystal clear output, use the output settings format by changing the format to MP4 and the quality to lossless. Then, modify the sound settings that suit your preferences. You can also change additional options such as the mouse effect and hotkeys. Once done setting up, click "OK" to save the changes you made.

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Step 3 Start Recording on Your Mac Screen

Select "Video Recorder" mode and record your selected screen ratio. You can record in full-screen mode or set up the recording area. After that, toggle the audio sources "ON," hit the "REC" button, and record both audio and video on Mac. When you're finished, click the "Stop" button on the recording toolbar.

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Step 4 Preview and Save the Recording

A preview window will appear on your Mac's screen, displaying the recorded video. To preview the video, click the "Play" button in the lower-left corner of the window. You can also trim the recording to remove unnecessary portions. Once done, click the "Save" button to save the recorded video to your Mac computer.

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FAQs of QuickTime Screen Recording

1. How to use QuickTime as a screen recorder?

To record your screen on Mac, click and launch QuickTime player. Then, on its interface, select "File." And from there, choose "New Screen Recording." Once the recording bar appears, click the Record button to start your recording and click it again to stop recording your screen.

2. How to record with sound on a QuickTime recorder?

Unfortunately, as a recorder, QuickTime can't register your computer system's audio. But you can still record audio using its built-in microphone. To do so, only click the downward arrow on the side of the "Record" button and choose your audio source.

3. How to stop a QuickTime screen recording if the record bar is missing?

Use the QuickTime stop screen recording shortcut by pressing Command + Control + Esc to force QuickTime to quit.

4. Can I change where to save my output?

Yes. To do so, go to the QuickTime app and the screen controls. Then, on the right side of your screen, click the downward arrow. From there, you can now select the location of your recorded files according to your preference.

5. I force quit my screen record. Is there any way to recover those unsaved files?

Yes. You can recover those files by using "Finder." On your keyboard, press Command + Shift + G. Then, you will see a pop-up Go-to box. Next, copy and paste this command: ~/Library/Containers/ Information/. After that, it will bring you to your unsaved QuickTime files.

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Last updated on January 30, 2023

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