Recording your Mac, iPhone, iPad and Apple TV screen is quick and easy. To do this, we’ll have to make use of Quicktime for Mac, a native system app that many have abandoned in favor of VLC. What is usually unknown is that Quicktime is perfect for recording video, audio and making captures from our favorite devices.
This can be very useful for developers who want to get a real video of their game or app. But also for those of us who work in technology, since allows us to make screenshots and videos quickly. It also lets you record screencasts from your Mac if you want to create a tutorial of some kind.
How to record a screencast on your Mac
Miguel Lopez told us a few months ago how we could record a screencast of our Mac, as well as other Quicktime tricks. To do this, as the image above shows, we’ll open Quicktime and go to File> New Screen Recording . A window will open with a small record button, which when pressed will display a similar message:
We can drag the mouse and select a specific area to record or we can simply click to do it with the full screen. To stop the recording, click on the stop button located on the top menu of the Mac.
Before clicking on record, there is an option that we can activate to show the mouse clicks more clearly. By selecting it, when we click with the mouse, a circle will appear to highlight its location during the playback of the recorded video. As you can see in the screenshot above, we also have the possibility of choosing the microphone we want to record our voice.
How to record your iPhone and iPad screen
The process for recording your iPhone and iPad screen and audio is similar. We’ll open Quicktime but this time we’ll go to File> New Video Recording. When we do so, the Mac’s FaceTime camera will be turned on. With the iPhone or iPad connected by cable to the Mac , next to the start recording button we’ll see an arrow pointing downwards.
When you click on it, some options will be displayed where the name of the device we have connected will appear. When selecting it, it will appear on the screen and we will be able to start the recording. Recording the screen of your iPad or iPhone has the advantage that eliminates the name of the operator , puts the battery charge at 100% and sets the time to 9:41 (the local time at which the original iPhone was introduced in 2007).
It will also record the orientation changes of your iPhone and iPad, although there is some lag when recording the movements we make on the device.
Recording Your Apple TV Screen
This is the hardest of all, although it really isn’t that hard. The only thing you need different from other video recordings on your iPhone or iPad is a USB to USB-C cable . As in the examples above, you’ll need to connect your fourth-generation Apple TV using this cable to your Mac. In my case, I bought this one from Anker for 9.99 euros (a pity, a few months ago it was for two euros less).
QuickTime VR, así se imaginaba Apple la realidad virtual hace más de 20 años.
Once we have the cable, the process is very similar to the rest. You’ll need to take the Apple TV out of wherever you have it (for me, that means taking it out from behind the TV) and connect it via your new cable to the Mac . As soon as you do, iTunes opens automatically. Close it because you don’t need to.
When you open Quicktime, return to File> New Video Recording. Select the Apple TV in the device list and start recording. This can be very interesting if you want to share your plays on Apple TV (that’s how we record Heroki on Apple TV), a fragment of a movie or series or just take a screenshot.