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QuickTime Player 10.x: Record video or audio

Record audio or video using QuickTime Player

You can use QuickTime Player to record a video or audio movie. QuickTime Player can record from a camera built into your Apple display or Mac, a DV camera connected via FireWire, and some USB webcams. You can also record audio using a built-in or external microphone, or a musical instrument properly connected to your computer. To get started, open QuickTime Player.

  1. If necessary, connect the camera or microphone to the computer.
  2. In QuickTime Player, choose File > New Movie Recording or File > New Audio Recording.

    A preview window appears, which you can use to adjust settings such as camera position, lighting, and audio level before you start recording.

    To change the input source or quality of the recording, click the arrow button in the controller.

  3. To start recording, click the Record button at the bottom of the window.
  4. To stop recording, click the Record button again.

    The movie you just recorded appears in a QuickTime movie window. The movie is automatically saved in the Movies folder, inside your home folder.

    Note: Audio files are encoded in AAC format, video files are encoded using H.264, but recordings made with the high quality setting may use different codecs depending on the capabilities of your computer.

With QuickTime Player, you can also record your computer’s screen or a part of your computer’s screen. For more information, see:

Record your computer’s screen

Last Modified: Jul 12, 2012
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