Three Free Ways to Record Screen on Mac

Three Free Ways to Record Screen on Mac

Last updated on September 10, 2018 by

Have you ever wanted to grab something funny online to share with your friends immediately, but cannot download or save it directly from the website? And have you tried to explain something abstract to other people while making a video demo will sort it out? If you have come across the cases mentioned above, the most effective way is by using a program that can record screen on Mac.

There are several programs available for the simple activity of recording screen for your Mac. The most commonly used programs are Apowersoft Free Online Screen Recorder, QuickTime Player, and Screencast-O-Matic. They are all free tools and let’s elaborate these tools after the jump.

Apowersoft Free Online Screen RecorderQuickTimeScreencast-O-Matic
Easy to use
Time limits15 minutes
System sound
Make annotations
Video uploading

Top Free Screen Recorder for Mac

Apowersoft Free Online Screen Recorder

This free screen recorder has an intuitive interface enabling you to record any screen activity quickly on your Mac. It supports recording Mac screen with webcam along with audio from computer speaker and your microphone. It’s indeed simple yet useful.

While recording, you can add annotations such as text, lines, and arrows to make your video more instructive. In addition, it supports trimming unwanted parts after recording and uploading recorded videos to ShowMore for sharing.

record screen on Mac

What makes it outstanding is that it does not have time limitation in recording, you can record as long as you want. Please note that if you want to record videos without watermark, you can sign up a free account before capturing.

And for those advanced users who are seeking more advanced desktop screen recorder, ApowerREC is highly recommended. Aside from recording screen manually, it enables you to create schedule tasks to record screen automatically when you are absent from computer.


QuickTime Player

To take QuickTime Player as a video recorder, all you need to do is access the program in your applications, and launch it on Mac. It is very convenient that you don’t need to install it first, but you do not have many options to set so that all the videos are recorded basically in the same standard. Therefore, to make your video more outstanding, you had better use another tool to modify it.

Quicktime for recording


Screencast-O-Matic is also available for Mac screen recording. After launching it, a black interface will pop out and you can see the options as well as set the region you want to record or select the full screen recording. After configuring the hotkeys and other settings, you will be prompted to start the recording soon. After completion, one can choose to upload file to YouTube or save in the selected folder. And the file will be stored as MP4, FLV, and AVI format.


However, the free version does not support recording systm sound and the maximum recording time allowed is only 15 minutes and all videos recorded with their free Mac recording program is watermarked. Only if you purchase a Pro version, you will be able to record all the screen videos on your Mac that you want.

Among the three programs, the best free screen recorder for Mac can be Apowersoft Free Online Screeen Recorder. For it does not have time limitation in recording and supports adding annotations and uploading videos.

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Posted by: Chauntaye Fayson on to Mac Screen Recorder, Follow me on Twitter. Last updated on September 10, 2018

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