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[Tutorial] How to Record Screen on Mac with Sound (macOS Big Sur Included)

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Get the steps of screen recording on Mac with QuickTime Player, as well as some Mac screen recorder programs that get rave reviews.

◆ How do I record screen on my Mac? I'd like to upload the recorded video onto YouTube.
◆ How can I record in game sound when screen recording (MAC)? I have a Mac and when I use a screen recorder there's no option to record the built in sound that is coming from the computer. Is there anything I could download?

The latest Macbook features a brilliant 16-inch Retina Display, 8-core processors, up to 64Gb of memory and next-gen chip, all making it great for video recording and playing. Wanna record screen on Mac but have no clue about how, or just like the situation in the question - cannot record screen with sound? It's pretty sure that many people are in the same boat, so this post will show you three tools to easily create screencasting videos, record Mac-based video (how-to) demos/presentations/instructions.

WinX HD Video Converter for Mac [Free on Mac screen recording]

OS: Mac OS X Snow Leopard/Lion/Mountain Lion/Mavericks/Yosemite/El Capitan/macOS (High) Sierra/macOS Mojave/macOS Catalina/Big Sur

How to Record Screen on Mac with WinX HD Video Converter for Mac
If you're fed up with seeking solution to QuickTime cannot record Mac screen with audio, or intend to download an external tool for help, all-in-one WinX Screen Recorder for Mac is a good bet to recommend. The screen audio can be recorded and the video framerate/quality is flexible to fine tune.

Record Screen on Mac with WinX HD Video Converter for Mac

Step 1. Run WinX HD Video Converter for Mac, click "Screen Recorder" button on the top right section, then the Mac Screen Recorder window will show up.

Step 2. Mac screen recording settings
• Choose Session Preset level/drag the framerate scroll slider to determine the video quality.
• Select "System Sound" in Audio Device to record screen on Mac with audio.
• Target video saving folder/Countdown time is free to define.
• Crop a specific area to record or just check "Keep full screen".

Step 3. Hit "Start Record" blue button, the screen recorder for Mac will begin capturing the streaming video. No time restriction. No noticeable quality loss. Finally, you can get videos captured with voice or audio in good quality.

Better still, if the video is just made for uploading online in MP4/FLV/3GP etc., you can just check "Add recorded movie to convert list" option to jump to the profiles window to set the output device/video format to convert based upon your needs. Besides being a motion-capture tool, this software also acts as online video downloader and video converter.

See also: Best 3 Free HD Screen Recorders for Mac, Best Screen Recorder for Windows PC

QuickTime Player [Free]

How to Record Screen on Mac with QuickTime Player
Needless to say, QuickTime player is the most convenient screen recorder software for Mac OS X. Because it's the default video player for Mac, and you can easily record screen activity on Mac with only a few clicks:

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1. Open QuickTime in Application folder.
2. Select "New Screen Recording" at File menu, and then a small black recording window will pop up.
3. Do Microphone/Mouse clicks settings if necessary. Click the red button in the center to start Mac screen recording. Here you can adjust/drag the section to capture.
4. Once the recording is over, hit the red button or just pressing "Shift+Command+Escape" shortcuts to stop it, and save the video (in .mov format) to place like desktop. Afterwards, you can do some video editing work or share video to YouTube, Video, Facebook.

* QuickTime player cannot record mac screen with sound the computer is producing, except with the assistant of built-in microphone or an additional third-part programs like Soundflower. Get the audio recording helper installed, just check it after at the Microphone option after clicking the little triangle icon on the top right at Step 2.
* In order to prevent the copyrighted media from breaking, DVD movie or DRM-protected videos are restricted to be recorded by video capture software, unless you rip the protected DVD/video first.

Related: QuickTime Player Record Screen Mac Tutorial on YouTubeRecord your Screen on a Mac with QuickTime Player [Video]

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How to Record Screen on Mac with ScreenFlow [$99]

OS: Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.6 and higher, including Mountain Lion

ScreenFlow is often regarded as the best Mac screen recording software for its power to record everything in the higest quality. ScreenFlow automatically grabs the audio played on device in captured video and you can set the frame rate to adjust screen recording image quality. What deserve to be mentioned is that the latest version ScreenFlow 5 introduced new feature of recording very recent iOS (10) screen actions via a lightning cable connected to Mac OS X. ScreenFlow enables user to add touch callouts, SRT titles, annotations, transitions, video/audio actions, and export batch video.

ScreenFlow Record Screen on Mac YouTube Tutorials ScreenFlow Tutorial: How To Use Screenflow 5 For Beginners

In addition to record every move/record screen on Mac, WinX HD Video Converter for Mac can also free download SD/720P/1080P HD/4K/8K/3D videos, full movies and songs from 1000+ online video sites, including YouTube, Facebook, Dailymotion, Metacafe, Vimeo, etc., create photo slideshow, record camera video.

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Record Screen with Sound on Mac with WinX HD Video Converter for Mac.