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How to Make a Screen Recording on MacBook Air/Pro

Use the built-in keyboard shortcuts and QuickTime Player app to start recording screen on a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro.

Whether you want to introduce a desktop application, or you want to show somebody a problem you are having with your computer, it is easy if you record a video of your screen activity. Apple Mac computer comes with a built-in video screen recorder to help capture screen videos. You can record any selected area of your screen, record audio, or mouse click effect.

How to Screen Record on MacBook Air

This article will illustrate how to screen record on MacBook Air or MacBook Pro easily.

How to Screen Record on MacBook with Keyboard Shortcuts

To record screen on a MacBook, the easiest method is to use the Screenshot utility. It is a free and built-in screen capturing tool on your Apple computer, letting Mac users record screen video clips as well as screenshots.

How to screen record on notebook by Apple:

1. Press the Command + Shift + 5 keys on your keyboard to open Screenshot toolbar.

How to Screen Record on Mac

A toolbar will appear at the bottom of your screen. All screen capturing options on the overlay include (from the left to the right):

  • Capture Entire Screen: this button allows you to take a screenshot of your entire screen
  • Capture Selected Window: this button allows you to take a screenshot of a selected window like an application and a browser
  • Capture Selected Portion: this button allows you to take a screenshot of any selected area of your screen
  • Record Entire Screen: this button lets you record the entire screen and make it into a video
  • Record Selected Portion: this button lets you record any selected area of your screen and make it into a video
  • Options: this button offers you more options for capturing a screenshot or a video on your Mac
  • Record: click this button to start recording the screen

2. Select Record Entire Screen or Record Selected Portion. 

According to your need, hover your cursor over the icon and select the recording mode. If you choose to record the whole screen, a camera icon will appear. If you choose to record a portion of your screen, you will see a highlighted box appear with broken lines. drag the corners of the box to adjust the frame size or drag and move the box to a different area of your screen.

Screen Record on MacBook

3. Select various options for your Mac screen recording. 

Mac's Screenshot utility also allows you to set up preferences for a screen recording video. It includes choosing a location where you want to save the recorded video (desktop by default), a recording timer (no timer by default) before the recording starts, a microphone for audio input (no microphone by default), and more.

How to Make Screen Recording on MacBook

4. Click the Record button to start recording once you are ready. 

If you choose to record your entire Mac screen, you can also move the camera icon to the window you would like to capture and click it to start recording.

How to Record Screen on Notebook by Apple

5. Click the square in circle icon at the top of your Mac's screen where the time and date display to stop recording.

You can also bring up the toolbar again by using Shift + Command + 5 keys and clicking the Stop button on the far-right side. Pressing Command + Control +esc keys together can stop recording for you as well.

Stop Recording on Mac

How to Create a Screen Recording on MacBook With QuickTime Player

If you have an older MacBook Air or MacBook Pro running a macOS version before macOS Mojave, the keyboard shortcuts don't work for you. Don't worry, you can record screen videos on MacBook with the QuickTime Player app. 

Follow the steps below to create a screen recording on a Mac notebook:

1.Open the QuickTime Player app.

It is a pre-installed application in the Finder. Find the QuickTime Player in the Application folder and double-click to launch it. 

2. Click File in the Apple menu bar at the top of your screen. 

This will open a drop-down menu with many options for movie recording, audio recording, screen recording, and more. 

3. Select New Screen Recording. 

On a newer MacBook, you will see the same Screenshot Utility toolbar. Follow the steps in the first method to create a screen video. On macOS High Sierra or before, this will open a screen recording window.

Record Screen with QuickTime Player on MacBook

4. Select more settings for Mac screen recording.

You can click the arrow next to the red circle and select a microphone and whether you want to show the mouse click effect in the recorded clip.

 Record Screen on MacBook with Audio

5. Start recording.

If you want to record the entire screen, you can click anywhere on the screen to start recording. If you want to record a certain portion of your screen, you can drag your cursor to select an area and then click the Record button (the red circle).

6. Click the square in a circle icon at the top of your screen to stop recording.

After you stop recording, QuickTime Player will open the recorded video automatically. You can choose to play, edit or share the video. You need to manually save the video by selecting File at the Apple menu bar and the Save option.

Bonus Tip: How to Record Screen on Chromebook?

Chromebook is a budget-friendly alternative to a Windows or MacBook. It runs on the Google operating system Chrome OS, so common screen recorders don't work on a Chromebook device.

iTop Online Screen Recorder is very helpful when you need to capture a video of your screen on a Chromebook that uses Google Chrome as the web browser.

Here is how to record screen on Chromebook:

1. Open Google Chrome and go to iTop Online Screen Recorder website.

2. Click Start Recording Now.

How to Record Screen on Chromebook

3. Select whether you would like to record screen on Chromebook with audio and choose to record the entire screen, an active window, or a Chrome tab.

4. Click the Share button to start recording on Chromebook.

Screen Record on Chromebook

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FAQ About How to Screen Record on MacBook

1. How to Screen Record on MacBook Air?

Step 1: Press Command, Shift, and 5 keys together.

Step 2: Select Record Entire Screen or Record Selected Portion.

Step 3: Click the Record button to start screen recording.

2. How to Screen Record on MacBook Pro?

Step 1: Press Command, Shift, and 5 keys together on your keyboard.

Step 2: Select Record Entire Screen or Record Selected Portion.

Step 3: Click the Record button to start recording on MacBook Pro.

3. How to Record Screen on MacBook with Audio?

Step 1: Press Command, Shift, and 5 keyboard shortcuts to open the Screenshot utility at the bottom of your screen.

Step 2: Select Record Entire Screen or Record Selected Portion.

Step 3: Click the arrow next to Options and select a microphone.

Step 4: Click the Record button to create a recording video of your screen with sound.

In the End

Record screen on MacBook is easy and completely free with the built-in Screenshot utility or QuickTime Player app. If you want to record screen on Chromebook that doesn't have a built-in screencasting feature, the most convenient way is to use iTop Screen Recorder to make screen recordings.

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