How to Record Video on MacBook Pro

Last updated on November 28, 2019 by Cindy Smith

MacBook Pro has been gaining huge popularity due to its great look, fast running speed and other versatile features. If you have a MacBook Pro and want to record a live music video, capture an online meeting or save a web video chat you may be wondering which software is best to record video on MacBook Pro as a number of different options are available. There are plenty of recorders that can help you record video or audio on Mac depending on what you want to capture. Here we have picked 5 reliable tools that you can try for recording on a MacBook Pro.

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Best Macbook Pro Video Recorder – Screen Grabber Pro

small logo of screen grabber proRecording on MacBook Pro can be quite easy if you have a handy tool such as Screen Grabber Pro for Mac. It’s a great Mac screen recording program that allows you to record video and audio simultaneously on Mac OS X without any hassle. You can record the screen activity either in full screen, region or capture from webcam. At the same time, it enables you to record from multiple audio sources such as a microphone, the system sound or both. After the recording has been generated, you can even use the built-in video converter to change the video format to MP4, AVI, MOV, WMV, MKV and more. With this, you can play the recording almost anywhere. Just download the program and follow the steps below to record a video on your MacBook Pro. (The Windows version is also available.)

Step1 Download and install the software

Install the program on your computer and launch it. Then click “Options” before you start recording to configure the settings such as hotkeys, mouse cursor settings etc.

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Step2 Select audio input and toggle various options

From the main interface of Screen Grabber Pro, toggle the audio settings by clicking the “Audio” button which is represented by a speaker icon. From the options that will appear, choose the best audio input for the recording. “System” captures any sound coming from the Mac device, which is very useful for recording videos and movies. “Microphone” uses the built-in mic of the Mac device to record external audio like human voice for recording. Lastly, the “System and Microphone” option records both audio as the name suggests. Additionally, there is the “Options” button for more recording options to use.

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Step3 Start recording and save the video

To start the actual recording process, hit the “Record” button from the main interface. While recording is ongoing, users can add annotations by clicking the “Pen” icon from the floating toolbar. After recording, click the “Stop” button and the video will be then saved on the Mac device. To watch the recorded video, click the “Recording List” button which is represented by the three lateral bar icon, just below the “Record” button.

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Tips: In the region mode, you can click the camera icon to insert your webcam video into the recording to get a picture-in-picture effect. Besides, during the recording process, you can do some instant editing such as adding texts, arrows, highlights etc. to annotate the video. Another feature that is worth mentioning is that this Mac screen recorder offers a task scheduler, letting you record your Mac screen even when you’re away as long as you have preset the recording start time and duration.

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Using QuickTime to Record Video on MacBook Pro

quicktime playerQuickTime Player Quicktime Player is the default media player of Apple devices. The tool is widely used because it can play almost every media file format that you can think of. Also, QuickTime Player is the practical choice because you will not have to download and install any other player for your device. However, the tool is not only limited to playing media files, as it can also record desktop activities from a Macbook Pro. The screen recorder provides clear quality videos as they are directly recorded from the source. In general, you can always rely on the tool for your recording needs.

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Note: Although QuickTime is a cost-free and quick solution for screen recording on MacBook Pro, the recorded MOV video is not compatible with some of the more popular media players and devices. If you want to play or share the recording anywhere you like, it’s recommended you use something else.

ScreenFlow – Professional Video Recorder for Macbook Pro

screenflow logo If you require an advanced MacBook Pro video recording tool, you can give ScreenFlow a try. It not only allows you to record anything on your desktop, but it also enables you to edit the recording in a professional way. With ScreenFlow, you can create screencasts on a MacBook Pro in high quality and then add annotations, transitions, captions, callouts, filters etc. to make the video look professional. Because of its advanced functions, it will take time for new users to learn how to use it before starting the video recording. Also, the price is a little high – $99 from the App Store. If you need a powerful screen recorder, you can download the trial version to test it first.

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imovie logo iMovie is another pre-installed application for Mac devices. The tool is primarily used as a video editing software. However, the tool can also be used to record a video on your Macbook Pro. This is because the tool is equipped with advanced, yet simple video recording feature that only a few are aware of. Using this method can prove to be beneficial because you will not need any additional screen recorder on your Macbook Pro. Additionally, you will be able to edit the video right away after recording it to add enhancements. However, the recording feature is only available using a webcam, and the Macbook Pro must have an iSight application installed. The only downside is that it cannot directly record the desktop, and only works if iSight is installed.


Photo Booth

photo booth Photo Booth is a Mac photo capture software. It is a useful image and video recorder for Mac devices. The good thing about the tool is that, it can capture clear quality videos and images all the time. However, Photo Booth utilizes the webcam of the device, which means that it cannot capture the desktop of the Macbook Pro. However, recording a video with the said tool is so easy becuase it only requires only a few steps. First, open Photo Booth and then click the View Photo Preview. After that, click the “Record Video” button and the recording process will start. Once done, hit the “Stop Recording” button to end the recording process.

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To sum up, all 5 solutions to record video on MacBook Pro are feasible. If you want to record easily with versatile features, Screen Grabber Pro for Mac is the best choice. If you want to get the task done without any cost, consider QuickTime as the first option. But, if you want to create a professional-looking desktop video, ScreenFlow is a great tool for you.

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