Ever wanted to record a video on a Mac using the computers built-in camera? Maybe you want to capture a special moment as a movie, record a quick video note, record a movie for social media, or for any other purpose. Whatever the reason, you can easily record video on Mac using the front facing FaceTime camera and a built-in app.
There are a few different ways to accomplish video capture on a Mac, but we’re going to focus on recording video with QuickTime Player and the Mac computers webcam, because the software is bundled on all Macs and virtually every Mac has a built in camera to record from. This end result will be a movie file being saved that can be shared, uploaded, edited, or used however you’d like.
How to Record Movies on Mac
- Open QuickTime Player in Mac OS, it’s found in the /Applications folder
- Pull down the “File” menu and choose “New Movie Recording”
- The FaceTime webcam will activate and show on screen, click the red record button to start recording your movie
- When finished recording, hit the Stop button to end the recording
- Optionally, trim the video to shorten it
The default movie file type recorded will be a .mov QuickTime file but you can save it as another format if desired, or convert it to a different video format later if you’d like. The .mov file format is widely compatible and will upload directly to any social media site and be immediately viewable by any Mac, iPhone, iPad, Windows, or Android user with an appropriately modern media player.
Resolution of recorded movies depends on the model of the Mac since each Mac has a different FaceTime webcam camera with different resolution, but generally speaking you can expect somewhere between 480p and 720p resolution for most Mac webcam recordings. If you want higher quality footage like 1080p or 4k, you might want to consider recording 4k video with an iPhone or iPad instead.
QuickTime Player is a powerful app that has a lot of great features and recording abilities, including an excellent screen recorder for capturing videos of the Mac display, a similar option to record an iPhone or iPad screen, and even the ability to record sound and audio using the computers built-in microphone.
For what it’s worth, you can also capture video directly on the Mac with iMovie and some third party apps too, but QuickTime is so fast, easy, and efficient, that if all you’re looking to do is capture a quick movie, it’s by far the simplest choice.