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How to record Mac screen with audio- Free and paid tools

Many of us often fail to notice the built-in screen recording feature that comes with Mac OS! QuickTime is a screen recording utility that comes with Mac. You can record your screen and take screenshot with QuickTime. But to record the screen with audio you have to take a few more steps to setup the feature. Follow the steps below and start recording your mac screens with audio right away.

Step 1- Install BlackHole, an audio driver. Click the given link> Sign-up> E-mail confirmation> Install the software.

Step 2- Open the "Audio MIDI setup" on your system> Click the "+" button in the bottom left corner and click "Create Aggregate device" and name it> Select the "BlackHole 16 ch" checkbox> Click the"+" again and click "Create multi-output device" and name it> Select the "Built-In Output" and "BlackHole 16 ch" check boxes and make sure you have "Built-In Output" under the Master Device multiselect.

Step 3- Go to System preferences> Sound> Output> Select the newly created "multi-output device"

Step 4- Now open QuickTime and select the newly created "Aggregate device" under the "Options" and start recording.

Voila! The recorded videos can be saved in your preferred location.  

The above method is the easiest to record your mac screen with audio. But, it is a basic feature and you cannot perform complex functions with it.

Capturing the screen has become a vital part of our jobs these days, be it a teacher taking virtual lessons or a software tester reporting a bug. There is a vast variety of screen recording tools available for various different needs.

How to choose the best screen recording tool based on your need?

  1. If you are a teacher/ content creator, you will have to record yourself and the screen at times. For this, you can opt for a basic screen recording with a few editing features.
  2. If you are a software tester, you will often have to submit screen recordings with your bug reports. For this, you have to choose a tool that allows you to annotate, edit and gives a shareable link. Bonus points for tools that can upload technical logs automatically along with the recording!
  3. There are screen recording tools made exclusively for gamers! If you are a gamer, you can choose a tool that allows you to host live gaming videos.

It might get overwhelming to choose among the available tools. After all, a video is worth a thousand words and a good screen recording software can save you from typing 1000 words!

We have put together a list of 9 Best Screen Recording Tools for Mac with their pros and cons. Some of these tools are completely free. We believe that you will be able to land on the right tool with the help of this article.

Let's explore the list!

Disbug

Disbug

by
Terahog labs
5
(
13
)
No Reviews
Free
Starts at
$33/month
Key features of the app:

If you are part of software development team, Disbug is a bug reporting and a screen recording tool specifically designed for you. You can take a screenshot, record your screen, give a video walk-through of bugs, explain and narrate new features to developers, annotate while recording with various set of annotation tools and even integrate with your favorite project management tool like Jira, Trello, GitHub, Slack etc.

Open Broadcaster Software

Open Broadcaster Software

by
Logitech
4
(
71
)
No Reviews
Free
Starts at
$19/month
Key features of the app:

OBS Studio is a free and open source software for video recording and live streaming. The tool can be used on any computer running Windows, Mac or Linux operating system to record screencasts or live stream content.

QuickTime

QuickTime

by
Apple
4
(
19
)
No Reviews
Free
Starts at
0
Key features of the app:

Use the Mac's built-in screen recording capabilities to make a video recording that captures whatever is on your computer screen.

Apowersoft Screen Recorder

Apowersoft Screen Recorder

by
WANGXU TECHNOLOGY (HK) CO., LIMITED
5
(
75
)
No Reviews
Free
Starts at
0
Key features of the app:

Apowersoft Screen Recorder is a free online screen recorder that can capture anything you see on your PC and record clear video and audio.

Monosnap

Monosnap

by
ABC
5
(
3
)
No Reviews
Free
Starts at
0
Key features of the app:

Monosnap is a faster and smarter way to take screenshots. It's easy, smooth and saves you time on every screenshot you make. Every screenshot you make with Monosnap is automatically uploaded to the cloud for quick access and sharing.

Snagit

Snagit

by
Techsmith
4
(
330
)
No Reviews
Free
Starts at
$49.95
Key features of the app:

Snagit is a powerful, flexible program for making screenshots. It includes features not found in most screenshot tools, such as high-quality image capture, the ability to work with sound clips etc

Snapz Pro

Snapz Pro

by
Ambrosia Software
4
(
137
)
No Reviews
Free
Starts at
0
Key features of the app:

Snapz Pro X is the ultimate Mac screen capture software for recording anything on your desktop and saving it to a QuickTime movie or screenshot.

ActivePresenter

ActivePresenter

by
Atomi Systems Inc.
4.7
(
27
)
No Reviews
Free
Starts at
$199/ license
Key features of the app:

ActivePresenter is an advanced software for creating effective presentations. It comes with multiple features to help you create interactive and dynamic presentations including a powerful quiz engine, a fully customizable user interface, built-in screen recording capability, and more.

Capto

Capto

by
Capto Media Creation Private Limited
3
(
142
)
No Reviews
Free
Starts at
$29.99
Key features of the app:

Capto is a new approach to screen capture and editing, allowing you to create videos from your iPad or Iphone by connecting it with a Mac running Capto.

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