Quicktime

Introduction

Quicktime is a multimedia player and recorder that’s free for and built into the Mac OS X operating system. It’s able to play a huge variety of multimedia files, and it can be used to record video, audio, or your computer screen.

Why to use it:

  • Free and already installed on your Mac computer
  • Excellent for simple audio, video, or screencast recordings where little editing is required
  • Simple and easy to use user interface
Things You'll Need
  • A computer with Quicktime installed

  • A webcam (recommended)

  • A microphone (recommended)
Steps
  1. 1

    To record video from your webcam, click File -> New Movie Recording

    a. A new window will pop up showing what your webcam sees. Click the red circle to start recording, and click it again to stop.
    b. After you’ve recorded your video, you can trim the edges, rotate, or split the clip using the Edit options.
    c. When you’re done, click File -> Export or File -> Share.

  2. 2

    2. To record audio, click File -> New Audio Recording . As with video, click the red circle to start recording, and click again to stop.

    a. After you’re done recording, you can trim your file using the Edit options.
    b. When you’re done, click File -> Export or File -> Share.

  3. 3

    To record your screen, click File -> New Screen Recording.

    A small box will pop up. Click the red circle to begin. Text will then appear on your screen to either click to capture your whole screen, or drag and drop for a specific portion. After you’ve done either, the recording will start, and you can click the small black square on your menu bar (likely at the top right of your screen) to stop the recording.

    a. After you’ve recorded your video, you can trim the edges, rotate, or split the clip using the Edit options.
    b. When you’re done, click File -> Export or File -> Share.

Tips
  • Before recording, if you click the dropdown arrow next to the red circle you can see what your computer is using for audio and video recording and change these if need be.
Warnings
  • Quicktime is available for Windows, but you’ll need to pay for Quicktime Pro to use most of these features.
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