Screen Recorder on Mac OS Sierra – How to Record Your Screen

As a former Microsoft fanboy and Windows 10 user, I’m quite used to relying on 3rd party software to get the job done. However, since I got a MacBook Pro running with Mac OS Sierra, I’m trying to change that force of habit and find on-board software to use and solve my problems. I was quite impressed when I found at that MacOS comes with an actual Screen Recorder on board.

I’m currently working on setting up dual boot with Kali Linux on my MacBook Pro and was a bit shocked that there is a lack of howto’s online regarding this task, so I decided to create a tutorial on my own. Since it makes sense to publish it as video guide, as well as in a written version, the first question I asked myself was “how the fuck am I able to record my screen?” On Windows 10 I relied on ShareX, which offers a lot of features and still is easy to use. However, there is no Mac OS version of ShareX, so I had to  check for myself if there is another app offering the required features and I was surprised to find out that Mac OS Sierra already comes with a solution.

I have to admit, I’d never thought that a video player would also offer the functions to record your screen, but I’ve come to find out QuickTime Play does offer that exact feature, at least on Mac OS (haven’t checked the Windows version yet).

So let’s get to the task at hand; in order to record you screen, all you have to do is launch the QuickTime App from your Applications folder and select File > New Screen Recording from the top menu as you can see on the following screenshot.

Once you’ve done that, a new window will appear giving you the opportunity to start your recording and also let you decide if you want to show mouseclicks in your video and if you want to record audio as well, allowing you to select your audio source.

After you’ve selected you audio source, and if you want to show mouseclicks in your video as well, all you have to do is click on the red record button to proceed.

Now there is one more step to do after you decide to start your recording, which is also quite useful in my opinion. QuickTime Player now asks you to either simply click or use your mouse to define an area on your screen to record, allowing you to only record a defined section of your screen(s).

Right after you’ve decided which area to record using the Screen Recorder, QuickTime starts the recording and minimizes itself to your top bar, from there you will be able to stop the recording whenever you are done. Ending the recording will open the clip so you are able to review it before saving it at a location of your choice or discarding it.

That’s all there is to it. No third party apps needed to purchase and no complicated configuration, just the QuickTime Player and a few simple clicks.

Did you know that Mac OS Sierra comes with its own Screen Recorder or how simple it is to record your screen? Do you know an even simpler solution, or perhaps some more options and features QuickTime Player’s screen recording feature offers? If so please leave your comment below.

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