How to Screen Record on Mac with Audio

Bella William Bella William Updated on Oct 9 , 2020 Tag:

How to Record Screen on Mac with Audio

Nowadays it’s a universal phenomenon to screencast on your mac. Thanks to the advancement of technology, making a screen video is never a difficult task for you anymore. No matter online videos, live streaming or other onscreen activities can all be captured in a quick solution by using a screen recorder. However, if the video loses audio part, it may not be enjoyable as much as the original video for you to watch them. Note that you may search for ways to record mac screen with audio, here this post comes in to give solutions by recommending two screen recorders.

#Method 1 – Using the Built-in Tool
#Method 2 – Using third-party Mac Screen Recorder with Audio

1. Using the Built-in Tool

As the bundled tool, Quicktime comes with every mac computer. QuickTime can not only be used as the player of videos, audios and images, but also produce them too. After several iterations, the Screenshot software in macOS Mojave or later and QuickTime are both able to record videos according to your computer version. Since the compatibility of the two tools is different, here we will expound the detailed features separately.

Note: These two built-in tools can’t capture internal audio and will output a screen recording with no sound by default. If you want to record mac screen with system sound, you have to download Apple extensions like Soundflower. Therefore, the following part will start with how to install Soundflower.

How to install Soundflower
1. Download the latest version of Soundflower and complete the installation.
2. Configure Soundflower to open up System sound and click on Sound.
3. From the output panel, choose the Soundflower (2ch) as the output audio preference.

● The Screenshot software in macOS Mojave or later

With macOS Mojave or later, you just need to press Shift+Command+5 to to active the controllers of screenshot app which supports screen recording, taking screenshots as well audio capturing. For screen recording with audio, it empowers you to optionally change the recording mode among entire screen, a selected portion and images of your screen to satisfy your needs. Moreover, this tool is also equipped with functions on defining destination, timer and mouse clicks, which will assist your recording.
However, macOS Mojave isn’t available for all mac computers so you need to check whether your computer is in the same condition as below.

However, there is a prerequisite that you need to check whether your computer is available to use.
Firstly, this tool is not compatible with Mac versions launched before 2012. Secondly, it requires at least 2GB of RAM as well as 12.5 GB of available disk space to upgrade. Only simultaneously satisfied with these two conditions can you be accessible to use it.

How to screen record on Mac with screenshot app in macOS Mojave or later
1. Press Shift+Command+5 to evoke this tool.
2. Select the recording mode in the onscreen controls: capture the entire screen or a particular area of the screen.

3. In the Options menu bar, choose the microphone to record audio. If you want to capture the system sound, choose Soundflower(2ch).
4. Click Record to start recording.
5. To stop recording, click stop in the menu bar or press Command – Control – Esc.

After recording, you can use the thumbnail to trim, share or take other actions.

● QuickTime Player

Don’t be worry if your computer hasn’t upgraded to Mojave or later. QuickTime Player is also competent for screen recording and can be used as Mac screen recorder with audio in simple operations,which is workable for every mac user. Like screenshot app in Mojave or later, QuickTime Player also runs as a media player as well as a recorder supporting screen recording with audio.

How to screen record on Mac with QuickTime Player
1. Open QuickTime Player by searching in the application folder.
2. Choose File and then click New Screen Recording in the menu bar.

3. Before starting the recording, click on the arrow next to the red button to change some settings. (Choose the internal microphone, Show mouse clicks) With Soundflower application, select Soundflower(2ch) as your audio input method.

4. Click the red button in the window to start. If you’ve upgraded to macOS Catalina, the operation interface is the same as the Screenshot app.

5. Press Command – Control – Esc or click the black button to stop
Finishing recording, QuickTime Player will open the recording where you can play, edit and share the videos.

1. All the recordings are accomplished with default parameter.
2. Additional functions such as task schedule, mouse effects are limited.

2. Using RecMaster Mac Screen Recorder with Audio

After reading the first part, you may wonder that is there any professional screen recorder to make up for the deficiency of the built-in tools? The answer is exactly yes. RecMaster is truly such a feature-rich screen recorder yet with simplest operations. You are freely to decide whether capture the screen activity with audio in the whole screen or a particular portion of your computer screen. Additionally, it empowers you to configure the related parameter according to your needs including frame rate, quality and format. More importantly, it offers you a built-in editor which enables you to cut out the unnecessary ends and polish your videos.
Please download the application and finish installation with the wizard.

Please download the application and finish installation with the wizard.

free download RecMaster for Mac

How to screen record on Mac with RecMaster

Before recording, you need to install an audio driver on your computer to capture the sound completely.
1. Select the recording mode optionally to start. Full screen is recommended to capture the whole screen like gameplay videos, Netflix movies and tutorial videos. If you only want to capture a portion of your screen, select the Custom Area. If you have unique demands like webcam only or audio only, employ the Webcam or Audio Only mode with ease.
2. RecMaster offers versatile functions for screen recording. You are allowed to record Mac screen as MP4, MOV, M4V and CAF. If you want to capture your own narration, click System Sound & Microphone.

How to Record Mac Screen with Audio - RecMaster 1

3. Make configuration. RecMaster supports Auto-stop and Screenshot functions in the latest version. If you want to stop automatically, you can use this function.

How to Record Mac Screen with Audio - RecMaster 2

4. Click REC to start recording. During the recording, you can use the whiteboard and drawing tools to take notes.
5. When the work is done, choose Stop button to end.
6. Recording lists interface is for you to play, edit, and rename the file.


Now you must have a clear idea on how to screen record on Mac with audio. The listed two ways both have strengths and weaknesses. Considering the expertise and comprehensiveness, we sincerely suggest you to download RecMaster for the easy operation and excellent performance.

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RecMaster – Record Every Moment on Your Computer Screen

Multiple recording modes make it easy to capture anything on screen.

Record 1080p or even 4K clips at 60fps to maintain the high quality still.

Flexible settings for mouse cursor effects, watermark and annotations.

Preloaded with recording scheduler, video editor. Allow one-click sharing.

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Bella William

Bella William

Filled with curiosity and enthusiasm, I'm interested in the troublesome and unsettled problems related to screen recording. As a movie and music fan, I'm willing to share novelty method and deal any screen recording problem in these fileds from the aspect of professional view.

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