How to Record Screen on OS X El Capitan

Last updated on June 1, 2017 by Trafalgar Law

record mac osEver since it first appeared on the market, the Mac OS X El Capitan has become quite well loved and widely used. The functions that were added to this operating system include Spotlight and Split View. These added features make recording the screen on computers or devices running this OS to be even more powerful than ever before. Everyone wants to use Mac OS X El Capitan in order to record their gaming videos or presentations. In this article, we will introduce several practical and efficient ways to achieve the purpose.

Mac Screen Recorder

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The recommended tool to record screen on Mac OS X El Capitan is Screen Grabber Pro for Mac, a professional Mac screen recorder that lets you record any activity on you Mac Screen. You can record in full screen, customized regions or even from Web Camera. Furthermore, you can capture Mac OS X El Capitan screen with audio from the system, microphones or both as annotations. The built-in editing functions also allow you to annotate your video while recording.

To capture screen on El Capitan, first, please click the Free Download button below to install the screen recorder for Mac OS X El Capitan on your Mac. Then simply launch it and follow the intuitive interface to record your screen and save the files as MP4, AVI, WMV, etc. with no quality loss.

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Jing for Mac

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Jing is also a powerful screen recorder that can be used with the Mac OS X El Capitan programming. While it does allow you to record audio from a microphone or the system directly, it might not work at the same time. If you are creating a tutorial, for example, this tool cannot capture the background music and in the meanwhile recording your voice from a microphone.

Another possible negative feature for some people is the requirement of creating an account before you can use it. If you do decide to go with Jing, just follow these easy instructions to start Jing for Mac.

Jing for Mac

  • Download Jing and install it on your Mac OS X El Capitan system.
  • Click More > Preference to set your hotkey and other options.
  • Click “Capture” and drag your mouse to select the region of the screen you wish to record.
  • Click “Capture Video” to begin recording and press “Stop” when you are done.

One of the problems with Jing is that you only get five minutes of recording time unless you purchase the SnagIt or Camtasia premium programs.

Apple QuickTime Player

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Every Mac user is familiar with Quick Time Player. On Mac OS X El Capitan it can record your screen as well as playing videos for you. It also records audio from an external mic or the computer itself. What’s more, Quick Tim supports full screen or regional video recording. All videos are saved in the MOV file type. It is very simple to use. The instructions are as follow.

Quick Time Recorder


  • Launch the Quick Time Player and click on “File > New Screen Recording.”
  • When a toolbar appears, adjust volume, choose the audio source and select other options on the drop-down menu.
  • Click “Record” to begin.
  • Click “Stop” to end the recording process. Then choose where to save your new video file.

These screen recording tools are all great options to consider if you run a Mac OS X El Capitan system. QuickTime Player is a great option for people with basic needs while Mac Screen Recorder may be suitable for those who want more features without paying for them. You may choose one program that meets your needs the most.

Trafalgar Law

Trafalgar has reviewed many software solutions in terms of multimedia, working efficiency and communications. He's keen to point out the strengths and weakness of each tool when evaluating them. You can easily find out the best solutions for your needs in his articles regarding screencasts and video downloads. Last updated on June 1, 2017

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