How to Capture What You Are Doing on the Screen As a Video

By Michael Francisco

It is possible to make a video recording of everything that is on your computer screen, without downloading or purchasing any third party software. This could potentially come in handy if you need a free way to record a video feed, or create a video tutorial for using software if you do not own a camcorder. You can also document any important work you may be doing while out of the office.

Things You'll Need

  • Mac computer
  • Snow Leopard OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
  • Quicktime Player 10

Step 1

Download Quicktime, or upgrade to the newest version if you are using an old version. Quicktime can be obtained from and you do not have to purchase one of the Pro versions. The free version will still allow you to make a screen recording.

Step 2

Go to the "File" tab and select "New Screen Recording." The Screen Recording interface will appear. At first glance, it appears to be very basic looking, with little more than a red "Record" button.

Step 3

Click the small triangle on the right side of the Screen Recording interface. Choose a microphone if you would like audio on your screen recording. Set the quality of the video, and the destination folder that your saved videos will be stored in.

Step 4

Click the "Record" button and make a test recording. Hit "Start Recording" when the program asks if you want to start recording the screen. While recording your screen, move your mouse all over the screen, open and close numerous windows, and play around in programs such as Photoshop, iMovie, or GarageBand. Press the "Stop" button located at the top right corner of your toolbar when you are finished. Your screen recording will be immediately viewable in Quicktime Player.

Tips & Warnings

  • After your screen recording appears in Quicktime Player, you have the option of saving it in file formats compatible for the web, and mobile devices. Click the "File" tab and select "Save for Web."
  • This method for recording what you do on your computer screen is for Macs that are running Snow Leopard. There are additional ways to make screen recordings, which involve purchasing software such as Screenflow and Snapz Pro. Depending on how much third party software costs, it may be less expensive to upgrade to Snow Leopard if you are running an older OS.