macOS High Sierra

Record a movie

You can make a movie using the built-in camera in your Mac or using iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch (iOS 8 or later).

Open QuickTime Player for me

Use your built-in camera

  1. Choose File > New Movie Recording.

    The recording controls, including the volume control, the Record button, and the Options pop-up menu.

    When the recording controls appear, you see a green light next to the built-in camera in your Mac.

    Tip: If your Mac doesn’t have a built-in camera, you can connect an external camera.

  2. Click the Options pop-up menu, then choose any of the following recording options:

    • Camera: Choose a camera if you have more than one camera available.

    • Microphone: Choose a microphone if you have more than one microphone available.

    • Quality: Choose the recording quality. Maximum-quality recordings produce uncompressed files, which can use large amounts of storage space.

    Setting

    Description

    High

    H.264 video and 44100 Hz AAC audio

    Maximum

    Apple ProRes 422 video and Linear PCM audio

  3. Adjust the volume control to hear the audio you’re recording.

  4. Click the Record button to start recording, then click the Stop button when you’re done (or use the Touch Bar).

    To pause recording, Option-click the Record button , then click it again to resume recording.

  5. Choose File > Save to save and name the recording.

Use an iOS device

  1. Connect your device to your Mac using a Lightning to USB cable.

  2. Open the QuickTime Player app on your Mac.

  3. Choose File > New Movie Recording.

  4. Click the Options pop-up menu, then choose any of the following recording options:

    • Camera: Choose your connected iOS device.

    • Microphone: Choose a microphone (if you have more than one available).

    • Recording quality: Choose the recording quality. Maximum-quality recordings produce uncompressed files, which can use large amounts of storage space.

    Setting

    Description

    High

    H.264 video and 44100 Hz AAC audio

    Maximum

    H.264 video and Linear PCM audio

  5. Adjust the volume control to hear the audio you’re recording.

  6. Click the Record button to start recording; click the Stop button when you’re done (or use the Touch Bar).

    To pause recording, Option-click the Record button ; click it again to resume recording.

  7. Choose File > Save to save and name the recording.