No, you still can’t record Netflix videos on your Mac so if you came looking for that, bad luck. But if you rather want to record tutorials, lectures, etc you might find something useful here. I have tested a few third-party apps that fill all these gaps and you’ll be amazed to see what they offer when most of them are free. Let’s have a look.
Best Screen Recording Apps for Mac
Mac already comes with QuickTime Player which allows screen recording for Mac and in fact records other iOS devices like iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV too.
QuickTime can record your full screen as it is or a portion of your screen that you select. The quickest way to reach QuickTime is via spotlight search or else you can launch the app through Launchpad. There’s not much interface, in fact, the option to record a part of the screen or the whole screen comes after you click the record button. You immediately get to see a preview of the recorded file and can either save or delete the file
QuickTime doesn’t support features like annotation, simultaneous webcam support, and video editing options.
- Record full or selected screen
- Native & Free
- 4K recording support
- Audio only export
- No shortcut on menu-bar
2. Icecream Screen Recorder
Oh don’t go by the name, Icecream Screen Recorder is a complete tool for a tutorial video. You have all the options from QuickTime Player, plus annotation tools to make some intuitive tutorial.
Once installed, the app is pretty easy to access. A small icon sits on the menu bar which can be accessed from any window. Again, the app does not support the recording of restricted services like NETFLIX.
- Records full or selected part of the screen
- Annotations and stamps
- Camera support
- No preview and edit option after recording
Download Icecream Screen Recorder (free)
3. Recorder Robot Lite
Recorder Robot Lite comes with an editing tool as a unique feature. Even though it is the free version and restricts to 600 seconds of recording, the app allows you access to other tools.
After the recording is saved you can view and edit the video within the app interface. You get options like crop, add/remove audio, manage speed, etc. The apps can be quickly accessed from the menu bar on any window or alternatively from the customizable keyboard shortcuts.
- Selective screen recording
- Basic video editing
- Keyboard shortcuts
- Limited recording in free version
Download Recorder Robot Lite (free)
4. GIPHY Capture
Now that’s something useful coming from a screen recording app and it’s extremely simple to use. GIPHY Capture allows you to create a perfect GIF image with some basic customizable options.
There’s neither a shortcut to launch the app nor a menu bar icon. The app has an adjustable green screen which will be your capture frame. The app lets you trim the recording and you can select loop type, pixel size, and frame rate. You’ll like the part where it calculates the GIF size according to your selections before you export it.
- Easy GIF
- Adjustable size and pixel rate
- 30 seconds limit
- Not a video recorder per se
Download GIPHY Capture (free)
5. Apowersoft Screen Recorder
Apowersoft seems to have covered all major utility apps. I’ve quoted its screenshot app in best screenshot apps for Mac as well. Apowersoft Screen Recorder is again worth the mention.
The app interface is very intuitive and is loaded with features that help you make perfect illustrations and tutorials. With the webcam support in picture-in-picture mode, you can even capture yourself while recording and annotating the selected area of the screen. Also, there is a wide range of screen ratio to select from.
- Selective screen recording with preset ratios
- Simultaneous webcam support
- Annotation and markup
- No video editing tool
Download Apowersoft Screen Recorder (free)
6. Record It
A simple tool that sits on the menu bar and is accessible from any window. Record It has the most basic but useful tools. You can capture your screen, record camera or even record just the audio.
Why I say it’s quick and useful is because of its automated window selection feature. You can just hover over parts or screen or different windows piled over one another but it will capture and record just the one you select. Alternatively, you can also drag and select an area to be recorded. The app also recognizes an iOS device connected via USB and you can record its screen or the device’s camera.
- Automatic window selection
- Webcam support
- iOS device recording
- Limits to 720p in free version
Download Record It (free)
7. Screen Record Lite
As simple as it may sound, the app is absolutely opposite and comes loaded with features. You can record the screen, the inbuilt browser, or yourself via the webcam plus you have an above average video editor at the end. The options just don’t stop.
You can select the video and audio sources, meaning external mic and monitors are supported. The app allows you to customize cursor sounds and animations. You can simultaneously record yourself while giving a tutorial. Additionally, you can also set a timer for the recording to stop.
- Selective and automated window selection
- External monitor support
- Video Editor
- In-built browser
- Missing Annotations while video recording.
- Limit of 100 seconds in free version
Download Screen Record Lite (free)
Finally, the name you were looking for. I know its really awesome at what it does and has been unbeatable for quite some time. But, it comes really expensive too.
You can record your iOS devices and their camera in addition to Mac’s screen. The app also supports multi-channel audio recording. The app is known for its exceptional editing tools so you can edit like a pro. Additionally, you can directly share your final video to social media accounts, YouTube, etc.
- Freehand annotation
- Exceptional video editing tools
- Direct share options
- Too expensive for a new user
Download ScreenFlow 8 ($142)
9. Aperture – Chrome Extension
Last but not least, a chrome extension that does more than just capturing your browser. If you have ever cast your laptop screen on to Chromecast devices using Chrome browser, you know it can cast the screen out of the browser area too. Similarly, Aperture can capture your full screen too.
The extension allows you to capture the whole screen, just the browser or even a single Chrome tab. You can select the recording quality from the extension options. Post-recording you can even trim your videos and save them in your local storage or cloud.
- Screen record and screenshot
- Trim videos
- No third-party app required
- Quick access
- No annotations
- No camera support
Get Aperture for Chrome (free)
Best Screen Recording Apps for Mac
As usual, my list contains apps for all kind of users. Depending on your requirements you can choose to use the app that fits best. For a QuickTime alternative that’s easy to launch and use, Record It must do the job. While for a good tutorial video Apowersoft Screen Recorder suits best. So go on an take your pick. If you think I’m missing something, let me know in the comments below.