Using Quicktime to Record Yourself

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Pre-Recording Preparation

Before you start recording make sure that you follow the steps below.

  1. On your computer, silence all notifications and close any app that may produce sound.
  2. Make sure you are recording in a private quiet area that will be free from any extraneous noise
  3. Finally, make sure that there is enough lighting where you are recording

The Process

Step 1: Opening Quicktime Player

The first step is to open Quicktime Player. Quicktime Player is in your Applications folder. It can also be found by searching for it with Spotlight from the right side of your Menu Bar.

Step 2: Start a New Movie Recording Session

Once you have Quicktime Player open, you will want to start a new movie recording session. This can be done by going to File and then clicking New Movie Recording

Step 3: Framing and Audio

You should be able to see yourself on screen now. The next step in creating a quality video is composing your video frame and testing your audio.


Make sure that your head isn’t too low in the shot or too high as well. You don’t want to cut off the top of your head or have your chin at the very bottom. A good rule of thumb is to have your eyes in the top third of the shot. You can find more details on this on our best practices for filming yourself page.


Make sure that you are close to your computer so that the microphone can pick up your voice. You should also see the audio meter change when you speak. This can be used to help judge whether you are too quiet or too loud. If it is barely moving while you are speaking, that may be a good indication you are too quiet.  And in turn, if the meter is frequently filling completely, you are most likely overly loud. The meter should move to the 1/2-3/4 point consistently. Sometimes further adjustment to the microphone recording level is needed. This can be done in the System Preferences in the Sound preference pane. More information is on our Mac Microphone Input and Troubleshooting documentation page.

Step 4: Recording the Video

Once you have your shot and audio set up, then it is time to record. Hit the red Record button to start recording and then click it again to stop recording once you are finished.

The Media Team will take care of editing out any extra video at the start and end of your recording. So feel free to take your time and don’t feel like you need to rush to begin speaking, or to stop the recording.

At this point your video is ready to send in. It just needs to be saved.

Step 5: Saving the Video

The final step is to save the video. Go to the File menu and click Save. Make sure to name your video. Please make sure to include your program acronym, course #, and content descriptors.

Published on April 23, 2015 at 11:46:08 am CDT. Last modified on October 25, 2019 at 11:07:35 am CDT.