Recording Screencasts with QuickTime

These instructions cover recording screencasts with QuickTime on  macOS.


Devices Selection

Before screen recording, verify your headset is selected as the recording input device.

  1. Click the Apple Icon in the upper menu bar
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  2. Select System Preferences
  3. Select Sound ...
  4. Click the Input tab ...
  5. Select the Logitech USB Headset
  6. 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
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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.

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Display Settings

Before doing any screen recording always adjust your display settings to increase readability.

  1. Click the Apple Icon in the upper menu bar
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  2. Select System Preferences
  3. Select Displays ...
  4. Set the Scale to 1280 x 720 or the next closest option
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macOS Version

The screen recording process with QuickTime is different for different versions of macOS. Make sure to check your version so you know which directions to use.

Click the Apple Icon in the upper menu bar, and select About This Mac
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The Overview tab should indicate your version of macOS.
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Recording

macOS Monterey 12.0 / Big Sur 11.0 / Catalina 10.15

  1. Launch QuickTime ...
  2. In the upper menu bar, select File > New Screen Recording ...
  3. Select Options in the Recording Toolbar and make sure Microphone is set to Logitech USB Headset ...
  4. Select Record Entire Screen in the Recording Toolbar ...
  5. Click Record, and select your desired display if you have multiple displays, to start recording. ...
  6. To stop recording, push the Stop Recording button in upper menu bar ...
  7. To save your recording choose File > Save. We strongly encourage giving your recording a descriptive name (e.g., psychology100-lesson1-screencast.mp4)

macOS Mojave 10.14

  1. Launch QuickTime ...
  2. In the upper menu bar, select File > New Screen Recording ...
  3. In the Recording Toolbar click the downward arrow next to the Record button .... Make sure the Microphone is set to Logitech USB Headset.
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  4. Push the Record button ... and click anywhere on your screen to record the entire screen. ...
  5. To stop recording, push the Stop Recording button in upper menu bar ...
  6. To save your recording choose File > Save. We strongly encourage giving your recording a descriptive name (e.g., psychology100-lesson1-screencast.mp4)

Published on June 13, 2022 at 12:52:07 pm CDT. Last modified on August 04, 2022 at 9:44:21 am CDT.