These instructions cover recording audio with QuickTime on macOS.
Note on Microphones
Do not record audio narration with your computer’s built-in microphone. Doing so will most likely result in poor audio quality. Instead, use headphones or a headset that has either an attached or integrated microphone.
If you do not have access to any such devices you’ll be provided with a Logitech H390 Wired Headset. Instructions below note the Logitech H390 Wired Headset as the recording device, but are applicable to any recording device.
Before screen recording, verify your headset is selected as the recording input device.
- Click the Apple Icon in the upper menu bar
- Select System Preferences
- Select Sound
- Click the Input tab
- Select the Logitech USB Headset
- Speak at a normal volume and observe the Input Level. Hovering in the middle is ideal and it should never go all the way to the right. Adjust the Input Volume as needed
When needed, repeat these steps to set another device as the default.
When recording with the headset, make sure you have your microphone properly placed and unmuted. The microphone is muted when the red LED is illuminated.
- Launch QuickTime
- In the upper menu bar, select File > New Screen Recording
- In the Recording Toolbar click the downward arrow next to the Record button . Make sure the Microphone is set to Logitech USB Headset and Quality is set to Maximum.
- Push the Record button to begin recording.
- Push the Stop button to stop recording.
- To save your recording choose File > Save. Make sure to give your recording a descriptive and meaningful name. We strongly encourage giving your recording a descriptive name (e.g.,
To avoid lost audio, pause briefly at the beginning and ending of your recording. The media team will edit out these pauses.
Published on June 13, 2022 at 2:05:40 pm CDT. Last modified on September 27, 2022 at 11:57:22 am CDT.