What is meant by Screen Recording?
In layman’s terms, screen recording is the digital capture of computer screen output. It certainly aids in recording any video that cannot be downloaded or in the creation of any type of tutorial.
Screen Recording on Mac:
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to watch a video without sound? It can be aggravating because it is difficult to figure out things simply by looking at them. Every smartphone and PC has a screenshot feature. However, screen recording is one of the features that are not available on most devices and requires the use of third-party apps. However, Mac operating systems include a ‘Quick Time Player’ that allows you to record your screen activity. It’s a great feature, but there’s a small flaw in it: the QuickTime Player can’t register your internal audio while screen recording. For example, if you record a live show with a quick time player, it will only capture the screen visuals and not the audio. So, in this article, I’ll show you how to record a screen with internal audio on a Mac.
How to Record Screen with Internal Audio on Mac?
To record the screen with internal audio on the Mac, we will need to use a third-party plugin. So we’ll talk about two plugins, one for old Mac users and one for new Mac users.
For Old Mac Users:
- First, download Soundflower from this link and install it similarly to any other third-party app.
- After that, open the “Audio MIDI setup” application on your Macbook and press “+” to create an “Aggregate.
- Device” and rename it “Internal Input.”
- Then, on the left, tap the checkboxes for “soundflower 2ch” and “built-in microphone” to select them.
- Tap the “+” sign again to create a “Multi-Output Device” and rename it “Internal audio rec.”
- Tap on the checkboxes to the left of “built-in output” and “soundflower 2ch” once more to select them, as shown in the preceding image.
- Close the window, then tap the volume icon in the status bar and select “Internal audio rec.”
- Start the screen recording with internal audio on Mac by launching Quick Time Player and selecting the sound source as “Internal input” before recording your screen.
Point to Remember:
When you’re finished with the screen recording, return to “headphones” or “speakers.”
For New Mac Users:
First and foremost, obtain and install the blackhole plugin. You will need to set it up by registering your email address, name, etc. It is completely free, but you must subscribe before installing it. If you have any problems installing the plugin, go to System Preferences and then Security & Privacy. Unlock the Security & Privacy preferences from that menu by tapping on the lock icon in the bottom left.
Change Settings on Audio Midi Setup:
After installing the Blackhole plugin, you’ll need to configure the Audio Midi Setup settings.
- Begin by launching the audio midi setup from the spotlight search.
- If the BlackHole plugin is properly installed, you should see a “BlackHole 16ch” option in the sidebar on the
- left, as shown in the image.
Tap on the + sign at the bottom, and then select Create Aggregate Device from the slide down the list.
- By selecting, another “Aggregate Device” will be created and displayed in the sidebar. You can change the option’s name to “QuickTime Input” to make it more practical.
- The QuickTime Input option will now display a list of audio devices with checkboxes next to them. Now, from the list, select the “BlackHole 16ch” checkbox.
- Once more, click on the + icon. Tap on ‘Create Multi-Output Device’ this time.
- Rename the new option to “QuickTime Player Output” once more.
- Tap the “BlackHole 16ch” checkbox from the list of audio devices under QuickTime Player Output. In addition, you must ensure that the system allows “built-in output” so that you can hear the audio coming from the Mac while recording any video.
- Finally, open System Preferences > Sound and navigate to the Output tab. Select QuickTime Output from the output list, as shown in the image.
After that, you’re ready to record the screen with internal audio on your Mac.
Enjoy Screen Recording with Internal Audio on Mac:
- Start the QuickTime Player. You can do it in the latest MacOS by tapping on the File tab in the top-left corner of the screen and selecting New Screen Recording from the slide down list, as shown in the image.
- The QuickTime Player toolbar would now appear in the lower right corner of the screen. Select options from the drop-down menu.
- The QuickTime Input option must be selected under Microphone.
- Open any YouTube video as an experiment. From the QuickTime Player toolbar in the upper right corner of the screen, select Record and play the video.
- After you’ve finished recording the screen, you’ll notice that QuickTime Player allows you to record the screen on Mac with internal audio.
Point to Remember:
When you’re finished with the screen recording, go to System Preferences > Sound > Output and change the output device to the built-in or default option. If you encounter any issues, restart your Macbook, as some initialization processes may be required for the plugin to function properly.