Let’s answer the foundational question of “how to use QuickTime player” if you want to go ahead and record your Mac screen with a microphone and don’t need to record or capture any other audio at the same time then go ahead and turn on your Mac and log in, then press at the same time Control + Command + 5 and you will see the QuickTime Player Mini Menu that allows you to screenshot your display or record it plus select where to save the video file and which microphone to record your voice from.
If you want to record, not just your voice, but something like a YouTube video that you have on Safari or a local file with audio than you won’t be able to with just default QuickTime Player, because it won’t capture desktop audio or anything besides the microphone you have selected.
You can capture/record desktop audio or any audio from your Mac to share it on Twitch or video recording of your choice, but first I will show you how you can also add your webcam to your presentation since we are answering the first question of How To Use QuickTime Player to record your Mac screen.
Adding a little more…Webcam Overlay
To add the webcam of your choice to the QuickTime Player recording you just need to follow the steps that are above this section and head over to QuickTime Player File >”New Movie Recording” and click that option and you will see this:
You will be able to move this window around and size it to your liking, but with some limitations like not being able to go into full screen with apps, unless, you also make this new window full screen and you combine this in full screen with the other app that is also on full screen. Let’s keep going with this answer to “how to use QuickTime player”.
You can make it look nicer by not using full screen which brings those huge black bars along for the ride so get out of full screen mode and size your webcam to a decent size then manually get your other app, for example, Safari to cover the whole screen. The issue that you are going to encounter by doing it manually is that your webcam overlay window will get behind the other app and vice versa so you will need to go to QuickTime’s View > “Float on Top”
Now…How To Record Desktop Audio!
You will not be able to record desktop audio with just QuickTime Player because it is limited plain and simple, but you an combine it with other apps or softwares to accomplish your goal. I will show you how to use Loopback 2 for this since it is free to use (at least the first 20 minutes of each recording session).
You will need this to create a pass thru device or “microphone” that QuickTime Player will use to record your voice and the desktop audio or any audio source that you add to your Loopback device. In the example above and I don’t go much into detail in the video so I apologize, but in order to keep things simple and short I will be making another video covering how to use Loopback 2 so stay put on my YouTube channel and here on Streaming Live Academy SLA for short since adding more would make for too long of an answer to How To Use QuickTime Player.
Click the “+” symbol on the bottom left corner “New Virtual Device” and name your device something you will recognize cause you will be selecting this device on the QuickTime Mini Menu from earlier:
You will add what ever software you want to capture audio from and your microphone for voice to this new device in Loopback 2 so that when you select this new device in QuickTime Player as a “microphone” it will capture your actual microphone’s audio and what ever else you added to the Loopback 2 device. Like I showed you in the image of Loopback 2 I will be making a YouTube video showing you how to do it and if you need help hit me up on my social media accounts under @endwar07 Don’t forget to give the YouTube video of this article a look.
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That is How To Use QuickTime Player To Record Mac Screen
How to Record Mac Screen?
Press Command + Shift + 5 at the same time and it will show you the QuickTime Mini Menu where you can select to screenshot your display or Record it in different forms.
How Record Mac Screen with Audio?
You will not be able to record desktop audio from Mac with QuickTime Player by itself, but you can use Loopback 2 or Audio Hijack to capture the audio.
1. Create a device on Loopback 2 that includes your Microphone for voice and the apps/softwares that you want to capture audio from. Use that device as your “microphone” in QuickTime Mini Menu “options” section and it will record anything that you added to that Loopback 2 device.
How to Record – Capture Mac Screen + Voice
You need to select your microphone from the pop up menu that is found when you click the “options” button in this QuickTime Mini Menu:
What is Loopback 2?
It is a audio routing software from Amoeba Software that allows you to re-route audio from anywhere in you Mac to where ever you need it to go to for you to record it or capture it. It is easier than Audio Hijack, but it does not record the audio by itself like Audio Hijack does.
How To Use QuickTime Player To Record Mac Screen?
It is simple and all you need is to have a decently modern Mac and hit Shift + Command + 5 and select record.