how to screen record on mac with sound

So macOS Mojave or later has a built-in application that is doing well for screen recording and taking screenshots. It is a free built-in program on every mac device, here we’ll tell you how to record the screen with sound, external and internal audio.

Follow these four simple steps to record mac screen;

  1. Use the search bar on your Mac.
  2. Find the QuickTime player on your device.
  3. Click on the QuickTime player ICON.
  4. Smash the Red Icon to start recording.

The recording will start immediately, yet, it will not record internal sounds at this time. Because the current official settings do not let this software extend its features unless we modify it. Furthermore, it may not have the appropriate access to use an external microphone (if you are using one), which is why possibly you have to use your mac device’s in-build Microphone.

Let’s head over to the first method; screen recording on a mac using External MIC sound.

record screen on macOS with only external MIC audio.

By following the below steps, you can record the screen with external mic sound, and somehow internal sound too but in low quality or too short to hear.

Follow these steps to record the screen on mac with external sound using MIC.

Step 1: Search for QuickTime player.

how to screen record on mac

If you don’t know where the QuickTime player app is located on your Mac device, use this search option to find out the app throughout your computer. If you still don’t see any results, kindly download this software first.

Step 2: Click the right button on the Icon.

open QuickTime on Mac

When you download the software after opening it, it will add to the bottom. After clicking the right button of your mouse, some “settings will pop up,” Settings are crucial in all apps, so don’t mess up with any if you don’t understand it.

Step 3: Choose or “Click on the Start New Recording”

Select new screen recording

It must be noted that a few additional features can be seen, including a timer and cropping video size. So, it would be better before just smashing the “start a new recording” option; skimmed through them to set them up as you prefer. If you understand it in the first place.

Step 4: Choose External Audio Source to Microphone

select audio source to mic

When you click on start new recording, a pop-up notification box will appear on the screen indicating to start recording. Also, there will be an option to select the audio source, So Don’t forget to choose your External audio source. If you are using any MIC headphones, it would be preferred to use it instead of using an in-built mac MIC.

Note; if you don’t see this option, it is not due to an error. It happens when you don’t allow the QuickTime player to access the microphone. In the last part of this blog post, we have mentioned this to read that part; fast downward below or click here to jump there…


This was our first method to record the screen using the QuickTime player with external audio utilizing a mic. to record the screen with internal audio. A few additional steps will be required. We will be going through these steps too.

record screen on mac with internal audio sound

Internal Audio/sound recording on macOS

requirements

  • 1) Download a software soundflower,
  •  2) A few clicks settings.

Soundflower is a tool that helps us to record internal sound, which is why it is quite handy in modifying the QuickTime player so that it can record internal voices.

Follow these steps to set up this software to record the internal voice on mac.

Step 1 Open Audio MIDI Setup on your Mac device.

setup audio midi on mac

So, after downloading and installing the soundflower app. Go to the MIDI audio setup.

MIDI audio setup is known as the communication protocol. You can get this as a Master control area of your mac device of sound-related technicians. In this scenario, we will just add one more value that will enable a new feature in your mac device, which is “record internal audio.”

Step 2: Add new value and name it record screen with audio.

create multi audio output device

After open by clicking on the MIDI audio Setup> Click on >create Multi-output Device> add new value.

Later adding a new value, as you can in images, click on “your value name in our case we have a name it screen recording w/ audio,” then on the right portion, there will appear some settings change them as;checkbox Built-in output; same as can be seen in the images.  Must do check-box on soundflower (2ch)

Step 3: Go to system preference.

select system sound preference

After completing step 2, close the MIDI audio setup> move your mouse cursor to the upper left corner> hover your mouse on the apple icon> and open system preference. Then Click on “Sound Icon,” as you can see in the image.

Step 4: Choose the Manually created out-put that we just created.

Select internal speakers

After landed on sound’s settings presently, you have to select now that value for output that we have created before. In the image, we named it “screen record with audio,” which is why we picked it.

Step 5: Final, Click the QuickTime player> choose the manually created audio source.

select soundflower

So, open Quicktime player, this time while selecting the audio source, one more option should be seen. It is what we have just added by using the soundflower application. By enabling this as an Audio source, the QuickTime player will be able to record internal sound.


So to say, if you follow these steps one by one, you will be able to record the screen with internal sound.

Before coming off! Let’s move on to some FAQ questions and answer them.

QuickTime Player Screen Recording shortcuts

By Pressing Shift+Command+5, a new screen “Box type” will appear on the window.

capture screen to record

As you can see in the above image, some options are showing in a horizontal line. These features turn out to be useful when you have to fast forward things. Each command has one shortcut command; you will see for yourself.

Important commands of QuickTime player;

  1. Use Command+shift+5 to bring these options to your mac window.
  2. The one on the fourth-position from the left side resizes the recording screen, similar to cropping.
  3. Click anywhere randomly to start recording.
  4. Stop recording, click on the stop icon in the menu, or use the control+shift+ESC command to stop recording instantly.

QuickTime player does not have access to the microphone.

It is a standard error most people get through, so to conquer this, follow these means.

  1. Go to system preferences
  2. Settings and privacy
  3. Click to Microphone
  4. Check-box on QuickTime Player to allow use Microphone

Like QuickTime player, many other apps in mac required specific permission to perform thoroughly. Simply, all the programs require individual approval to perform particular tasks due to users’ better privacy protection. macOS does not let any program access anything without asking for permission.

And it is said that macOS Mojave is one the best OS when it comes to User’s DATA & Privacy protection.

Does QuickTime Player have a watermark?

The QuickTime player does not have any watermark, even though it is completely free to use. It is an in-built program on mac, technically powered by apple ™.  And all macOS devices, such as laptops, pc, even iPad, run this app.

Meanwhile, it is easy to use and secured by apple ™,

Can you record the screen on mac without a QuickTime player?

Yes, if you want to prefer QuickTime player software, then many popular third-party apps are doing well. You can choose any of them. They will be a little harder to configure. Indeed they are for professionals. Why we didn’t include them at the start is that many are not for free.

Paid screen recorders are indeed a better choice over the QuickTime player. Like many YouTubers, gamers on twitch use one of these apps to record screens.

List of third-party apps used for recording mac screen without QuickTime Player;

  • OBS studio
  • Monosnap
  • ApowerSoft
  • Tiny take
  • Screencast-o-Matic
  • Jing

In the scenario, you are tired of using the QuickTime player, and now you are looking for something else to move on to. Then, you have these apps, which are not only alternatives but also popular among mac users.

Unlike QuickTime play limited functions, you will not feel any restrictions while extending their feature from recording screen to editing videos. All these tasks will be turned out quickly and effectively.

How to record internal audio on mac without soundflower?

If you are facing a hard time installing the soundflower tool, then Recmaster is the other option you can use. It is a paid one.

Recmaster brings multi-functionality in screen recording where QuickTime players lack. It fulfills the gaps thoroughly that I believe you will like even though it carries the feature to record screen in 60FPS, whereas QuickTime player offers only 30FPS. Moreover,  It would not force you to configure any tool like the soundflower to record internal audio as QuickTime player does. Honestly, it is a straightforward one. Easy to install, configure. However, if you feel any difficulties, you can look for their documentation.

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