3 Ways to Record Mac Screen with Audio [Comparison]
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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.
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
Overview: How to Screen Record on Mac with Audio
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)
Directly Record Mac Screen with Internal Audio
As you can see in the table, 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.
VideoSolo Screen Recorder
High-performance and multifunctional screen recorder that records video & audio activities on your computer in high quality.
- Capture any areas of your computer screen in HD quality.
- Record all types of audios to MP3/AAC/M4A/WMA.
- Marvelous editing features to help you record better.
- Advanced recording features to fit your using habits.
Windows 11/10/8/7/Vista/XP/Mac OS X 10.7 or above
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.
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 to Record by Clicking "REC"
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.
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.
Record Mac Screen with Screenshot Toolbar (masOS Majave or above)
You may also know that 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. Here's how to capture Mac screen with it:
This recording method does not support capturing internal audio.
Open the screenshot toolbar by pressing Command + Shift + 5.
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.
Click on "Record" to start the recording.
To stop recording, click the "Stop Recording" icon in the menu bar. Or press Command-Control-Esc (Escape).
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.
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.
Record Mac Screen with QuickTime Player
For most people, QuickTime may just be used to watch movies on Mac. In fact, it has three additional recording functions: record video, record microphone audio, and record webcam video. You can directly use it if you just want to record videos with your face and voice over. However, all of these functions cannot record the system sound on Mac computer, so you need to install a third-party extension program like Soundflower and simultaneously use it with QuickTime to capture all the screen activities and internal/external sound on Mac. Here are the detailed steps:
Install Soundflower and restart your mac.
Open Launchpad, type "midi" to run Audio MIDI Setup.
Click "+" in the lower left corner to create a new "Aggregate Device" and check "Built-in Microphone" & "Soundflower(2ch)" on the right panel.
- Create a new "Multi-Output Device" and check "Soundflower(2ch)" & "Built-in Output".
- Go to System Preferences > Sound > Output, select "Multi-Output Device". On Input tab, select "Aggregate Device".
- Open QuickTime, File > New Screen Recording, click on the small triangle, and select "Aggregate Device" from the microphone. Click on the QuickTime record button to start capturing video and video at the same time.
Through the above settings, system sound and microphone sound will be both recorded. If you want to record only the sound of the system + screen, then in Step 6, select Soundflower(2ch).
This way is a little complicated for common users. And compared with using Screenshot toolbar, it doesn't offer an editing tool to trim the recordings. And you may need to consider situations like that Soundflower is not stable enough. But in general, it’s still a viable way to record the system sound on you Mac. Or you can also choose to try VideoSolo Screen Recorder.
As you have viewed all the three 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.