How to Screen Record on Mac with Audio [4 Easy Ways]

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If you are a Mac user, there may be times that you need to record your Mac screen, such as creating video tutorials, recording game clips, online sessions, or capturing some online videos that can’t be downloaded. Then, how can you screen record on Mac easily with the best output quality?

Screen recording on Mac itself is quite easy. If you have no idea of it, you can quickly learn and grasp the use at the tutorials below. However, when you want to record the screen with high quality audio,

especially internal audio, you may find that the common official ways that Mac provides cannot satisfy your need, though they are convenient. To solve this problem, we also provide methods for you to record screen along with the system voice.

Now follow up to see the three ways to record Mac screen with audio.


Among all screen recording tools, we’d like to recommend VideoSolo Screen Recorder to you. It boasts multiple useful recording features to meet your needs. You can know directly download it and have a try.


How to Screen Record with Audio on Mac (Overview)

For you to get a basic understanding of each method, here is an overview table where we list and compare them. You can use it to decide which approach you need and learn the details at the tutorials below.


Record with QuickTime

Use Screenshot Toolbar

Use VideoSolo Screen   Recorder

Need to install software?


No (only for macOS Mojave   or above)

Yes (third-party tool)

Can customize recording area?

No (provide options)



Can directly record internal audio?

No (need to install   third-party tool)



How to Screen on Mac with Screenshot Toolbar (masOS Mojave or above)

If you want to find the easiest way to record Mac screen with audio on Mac, it may be the first choice. Apple had released the macOS Mojave in September 2019, and then screen recording became a whole lot easier on Mac computer. For those who use macOS Mojave and above, you may know the reason – there’s a new Screen Record feature appeared in the Screenshot toolbar. Basically, you can only use a few hotkeys to finish the recording task. But its functions or features are far from enough for a good screen recording task.

Here’s how to capture Mac screen with it to record Mac screen with the microphone sound:


This recording method does not support capturing internal audio.

  1. Open the screenshot toolbar by pressing Command + Shift + 5.

  2. Set the recording area:

    • If you want to record entire screen of your Mac, just click on “Record Entire Screen” icon.

    • If you want to record a portion of the Mac screen, choose “Record Selected Portion” option. Then you can select the area you want to record.

  3. Click on “Record” to start the recording.

  4. To stop recording, click the “Stop Recording” icon in the menu bar. Or press Command-Control-Esc (Escape).

  5. After you stop recording, a thumbnail of the video appears briefly in the lower-right corner of your screen. You can click the thumbnail to trim, save and share this Mac screen recording video.

Mac Screen Recording Feature

The steps are really easy to follow. But it doesn’t matter if you haven’t yet upgraded Mojave – or can’t install Mojave because your Mac isn’t supported – you can still choose the other two ways instead.

How to Screen Record with Sound on Mac via QuickTime

You must be familiar with this tool if you have used Mac for some time. QuickTime Player is a free screen logger for Macs that helps you record the activities on your screen. When you need to record sound on your Mac screen, you can raise the volume of your speakers, and QuickTime can then record sound from your computer’s microphone. It’s definitely the universal way when you want to record your screen with audio conveniently.

However, you have a limited choice of audio sources, you can only find the words “Worked in Microphone” and “None.” You can watch the following steps to handle it.

Step1. Launch QuickTime Player to start the screen recording process.

Step2. Click “File” and then choose “New Screen Recording” among the options to open a screen recorder.

Save the Recording on Mac

Step1. Launch QuickTime Player to start the screen recording process.

Step2. Click “File” and then choose “New Screen Recording” among the options to open a screen recorder.

How to Record Screen on Mac with Internal Audio Directly

As you can see in the table at the very beginning, normally, you cannot screen record on Mac with internal audio if you just use the built-in recording tools. For those who specially need to record the system sound, it’s usually more recommended to use a third-party tool.

VideoSolo Screen Recorder is a simple but powerful tool to record mac screen. It’s easy to use and can perfectly fulfill most of the recording needs. With simple clicks, you can customize the recording area, record video with full voice and webcam, set up hotkeys, and add annotations to your recordings. Besides, there is a variety of output formats for you to choose. It is bound to be helpful if you want to record high-quality videos on your Mac. And you will see a detailed instructions in the later part.

Step 1. Install VideoSolo Screen Recorder

Click the Download button above and get the Mac version of VideoSolo Screen Recorder. The free version has a recording time length limited to 3 minutes, but has no restriction to major features.

Step 2. Select the Recording Area

Launch this Screen Recorder for Mac, and choose “Video Recorder” from the main interface.

Then you can define the region that you want to capture, and make other settings: turn on/off the system sound/microphone, adjust the volume, open the webcam, etc., according to your need.

Fixed Recording Area on Mac

Step 3. Set Preferences Such as Hotkeys

You are capable to set hotkeys and control the recording without a floating panel. After setting hotkeys, you can also click “Hide floating panel when recording”. Remember to mark down the hotkeys you set.

Step 4. Start Screen Recording with Sound on Mac

When you are ready for recording your Mac screen, click the “REC” button. If you want to highlight something in the video, you are free to use the drawing panel to add real-time annotations.

Recording Screen on Mac

Step 5. Save the Recording

After you finished recording your Mac screen, you can click “REC” button again to stop capturing or use the hotkeys. Before you save the recording, you can preview it and clip out the part you want to reserve.

Clip Video on Mac

How to Screen Record with Audio on Mac with OBS

VideoSolo Screen Recorder is an all-around screen recorder you can try, but if you want to use a totally free third-party tool with more complicated and detailed settings, OBS may be a good choice. As an open-source tool, OBS allows you to screen record on Mac with audio and multiple recording settings. It won’t force you to add its watermark, and thus you can use it to make professional recorded files with sound.

If you think the built-in tools like Screenshot Toolbar and QuickTime on Mac are too basic for screen recording and don’t want to pay a penny for other screen recording software, just choose OBS to have a try. However, if you are looking for an easy-to-start screen recording program, OBS turns out to be a bit difficult for you. Here you can follow the steps:

Step 1. Open OBS on your Mac, and turn to its “Studio Mode” to separate the screen into two panes.

Step 2. Now, click the “Sources” option and select “Display Capture” to “Create New” recording. Then you can select the window that you want to record.

Step 3. To allow OBS to record the audio, don’t forget to set the “Audio Input Capture” and “Audio Output Capture” section. Just as their icons show, the two options can be adjusted to record both your microphone sound and internal audio.

Screen Record With OBS

Step 4. When you finish all settings, click “Start Recording” to begin record Mac screen with audio. After the recording is ended, press “Stop Recording” and OBS will let you name the recording file and also select the format to save it. You can go to the output folder to check your video.

Bonus Tip:Why QuickTime Player Is Not the Best Choice?

As we know, QuickTime Player is a built-in tool in Mac and it’s free. However, in many ways, it is limited and not suitable for users to use. Here, this article lists a few cases where it doesn’t fit the majority of uses.

No System Audio —QuickTime Player can record microphones, but it has no built-in way to capture audio played in movies, games, or any other software running on your Mac.

Poor Quality Control —Real-time H.264 encoding in QuickTime Player not only affects performance, but also results in low quality recorded audio.

Mouse & Keyboard Display —QuickTime player can show the mouse clicks, but only a brief flash of an ugly plain black circle. It cannot show which button was clicked, modifiers held during the click, or keyboard keys.

Few Export Options —QuickTime player does not allow you to customize the size, play by percentage, control the aspect ratio, or choose the quality of the exported file.


As you have viewed all the four ways to record Mac screen, you may have an idea which one is suitable for you. The two Mac built-in tools are highly recommended when you want to screen record and have no need for internal audio included. But for situations when you need to capture the system sound, VideoSolo Screen Recorder can be the best pick.

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