Recording your Mac’s screen will definitely come in handy
When you invest in a new Mac, you also get access to special features offered by macOS Sonoma. This includes basic and advanced tools that support different users and functionality. Screen recording is one of the most fun things to do.
Recording your Mac’s screen is not a straightforward process, especially compared to the simple iOS process. You have many options to choose from, each tailored to specific needs and applications. Shooting an instructional video, for example, will have a different process than shooting a regular photo. We take a look at all the options available on macOS to record your screen.
Getting the Screenshot app
Apple makes it easy to choose which model to go for. All gathered in one place, with brief descriptions of each. To get started, your app will go to, well, Screenshot. You should find it in Launchpad, among other pre-installed apps. Alternatively, you can invoke Spotlight Search by holding down the Command key, then hitting the Spacebar. When Advanced Search appears, type Screenshot, and click the first result.
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The Screenshot app has a basic user interface, with a small, neat bar at the bottom of your screen and a few buttons representing the colors you can choose from. Everything else is transparent, so you can see what’s behind the Screenshot app and choose what to capture.
What are the options for the Screenshot app?
Before going through the options available, it is good to look at the options to choose the one that will work for you because Capture (static screenshot) and Record (video) are different.
By selecting Capture mode
- Save to: Allows you to choose where you want to save, which can include desktop folders or documents, copying to the clipboard, sharing directly to another program (such as Email or Messages), or other locations of your choice.
- Timer: Allows you to set a 5- or 10-second timer before taking a screenshot.
- Other options: Show floating preview, Remember last selection (colors and options you like), and Show mouse pointer.
By selecting Record mode
- Save to: Same as Capture mode, except for the option to save to clipboard.
- Timer: Allows you to set a 5- to 10-second timer.
- Microphone: Allows you to record external audio using your Mac’s built-in or external microphone.
- Other options: Similar to Capture mode, but instead of Show Mouse pointer you get Show Mouse Clicks.
What you need to know about the Capture model
There are many different options to choose from when taking a photo.
- Capture Entire Screen: This option, as its name suggests, captures a screenshot of the entire Mac screen. This includes the menu bar and dock if it appears.
- Capture Selected Window: This option takes a screenshot of the selected open window. No other windows or Menubar and dock will be visible in the final image. 2 Photos Close
- Draw Selected Area: This will bring up a large, dotted rectangle so you can move around the screen. This allows you to select a portion of the window to capture, independent of windows.
What you need to know about Record modes
The recording modes are the same as Capture, except that the Select Record option is not available.
- Capture Full Screen: This option captures a full-screen video on your Mac.
- Capture Selected Area: This option allows you to capture a video of the content inside the dotted rectangle I mentioned above.
Once you’ve set the options to your liking, you’re ready to hit Capture/Record, the last button to the right of the Screenshot selection bar. A snapshot will be saved at your destination. As for video recording, the Stop button will appear on the menu. When you finish recording, press the button to save.
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Write and Draw shortcuts
- Take a screenshot: Shift + Command + 3
- Draw part of the window: Shift + Command + 4
- Draw a window or menu: Shift + Command + 4 + Spacebar
- Start the Screenshot app: Shift + Command + 5
You are ready! Now, you can record your Mac screen, for any reason, easily and upload it to social media or a Mac video editor. With Apple’s wide range of options and models for macOS, there’s a combination for everyone and every way of using it. So now, you no longer have to render the entire screen when the focus is on a particular window or part of the screen. This makes your output look sleek and professional, and helps you start editing photos and videos easily.