QuickTime X is a media utility that has many little known features including audio, video, and screen recording. Because QuickTime X is included with every Mac running OS X 10.6 or higher, no extra software is required for this tutorial.
Recording Media With QuickTime X
To start, launch QuickTime. Once it has completely launched, look towards the Apple Toolbar. Click on the option labeled File. When you do this, a drop down menu will appear.
From this drop down menu, you can choose from three different recording options: Screen, audio and video. Click on the type of media that you would like to record.
Audio Recording Settings
To record audio, click on the option labeled “New Audio Recording”. A popup window will appear. From this menu you can press the large red record button to start recording audio.
To configure your audio settings, simply press the small triangle button which is located to the right-hand side of the record button. When you do this, a drop down menu will appear. From this menu you can change the audio quality, microphone input, and recoding location.
To record a video with your Mac’s webcam, click on the option labeled “New Movie Recording”. A popup window will now appear. From this menu you can press the large red button that is located towards the center of the menu to start recording.
If you would like to configure your video settings, click on the triangle button that is located to the right-hand side of the red button. When you click on this, a drop down menu will appear. From this menu you can choose the microphone/camera input, video quality and recording destination.
To record a video with your Mac’s webcam, click on the option labeled “New Screen Recording”. You can now record your Mac’s screen by pressing the large red button that is located towards the center of the QuickTime window.
To configure your video capture settings, press the small triangle that is located to the right-hand side of the record button. From here you can choose the microphone input, video quality, file destination, and the option to show clicks during recording. You may want to enable this if you’re filming a tutorial.
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