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How to record streaming videos on Mac - 4 simple ways

Looking for an easy way to record a streaming video on Mac? Read on and learn about the different streaming video-capture tools to find a suitable one for your Mac.

Kylee Jones Updated on Feb 15, 2023 6:03 PM
  • If you own a Mac running macOS Mojave or later, you can use a built-in screen capture tool Screenshot Toolbar to record streaming videos with a few steps.
  • You can use a built-in Mac recorder QuickTime Player to capture and keep a streaming video recording, no matter what version your Mac is running.
  • Screencastify is a popular browser extension to record a streaming video, but it will create a watermark on your recorded video.
  • To meet all your needs about recording videos on stream, like capturing internal and external audio simultaneously, you can choose a third-party tool AppGeeker Screen Recorder.

Streaming videos have become more and more popular in recent years. From sports events to YouTube tutorials, people are increasingly turning to video streaming services for their entertainment needs.

However, one downside is that you can't go back and re-watch it once the stream is over. That's when the recording Mac streaming videos tool works. Recording streaming videos on Mac allows you to capture what's happening on your screen so that you can watch it later or share it with friends. And you don't need to worry about missing something fantastic.

This article will introduce several methods for recording your streaming videos on a Mac, including built-in Mac features Screenshot Toolbar and QuickTime Player, a third-party tool AppGeeker Screen Recorder, and a browser extension Screencastify. Get ready to start recording a streaming video on your Mac quickly and easily.

Also read: How to record a live stream on PC

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Use Screenshot Toolbar to record a streaming video on macOS Mojave or newer

In macOS Mojave or later, you can record videos on streaming platform using Screenshot Toolbar. It is one of the easiest ways to capture a streaming video by recording the entire screen or a portion of the screen. Follow the steps below to learn how to record from streaming videos via Screenshot Toolbar.

Note: You can only record microphone audio while capturing the videos via this tool.

Step 1: Open Screenshot Toolbar

You can launch it by pressing Command + Shift + 5, or head to Launchpad and search for Screenshot. Then a panel with a few options will show at the bottom of your screen.

Step 2: Select a recording mode

Click Record Entire Screen to capture everything that happens on your screen. If you select Record Selected Portion, a container will appear to let you move and resize the recording window.

Tip: You can move the mouse to the icons in the Screenshot panel, you will see the name of each icon.

Step 3: Adjust settings as you like

After clicking the down arrow in Options, a menu will appear. You can set a timer or microphone when recording videos on streaming services, and change the location where the recording file would be saved. Besides that, it is available for you to choose whether to show the floating thumbnail, remember the last selection, and record mouse clicks.

Step 4: Start recording

Once you've made your choice, you're ready to record streaming videos on Mac. Open a streaming video you would like to record, and click the Record button in the toolbar. If you've set Timer in advance, you'll see a count-down before the recording begins. Then it will start recording right away.

Step 5: Stop recording

To finish, you can press Ctrl + Command + Esc, or click the Stop Recording button in the upper right corner of the computer. Then the recording streaming video will be saved in the selected location as a MOV file.


  • If you've enabled the Show Floating Thumbnail option, you can find it in the bottom-right corner of the screen after finishing the recording. Click the thumbnail, then you can edit or share the recording in the pop-up window.

Learn more: How to record Google Meet videos

Record streaming videos in QuickTime on older macOS version

Unlike Screenshot Toolbar, another Mac built-in application called QuickTime can work on lower macOS versions. Below are the steps to use QuickTime Player to capture streaming videos.

1. Go to Launchpad and search for QuickTime, then hit the icon. Later, hit File > New Screen Recording in the upper left corner of the computer (or press Control + Command + N.)

2.In the record tab, you can click the down arrow to choose whether to enable the microphone audio and to show mouse clicks.

3. To start recording, hit the Record button, then choose a video recording type.

  • Full-screen mode: Click anywhere on the screen.
  • Selected-area mode: Drag to choose the area of the screen, then click Start Recording.

4. Click on Stop in the menu bar if you would like to end the streaming video recording.

5. Once done, select Save in the File tab, then name the recording. It will be automatically saved as an H.264 format file with AAC audio.

Tip: You can't record system audio while capturing streaming videos via QuickTime Player.

Use AppGeeker Screen Recorder to capture streaming videos (optimal solution)

As an all-in-one streaming video recording solution, AppGeeker Screen Recorder offers comprehensive screen recording features, making it available to create high-resolution recordings (1080p) on your Mac. You can use this powerful tool for handling all your streaming video recording needs, like capturing system sound, microphone, and webcam.

To enhance your recording experience, this powerful software also provides some user-friendly features, such as the annotation option, the track mouse function, and the auto shut-off option. After recording, you can use the built-in editing tool to quickly trim down the video as needed. With all these excellent functions, using Screen Recorder to capture streaming contents can let you make customized recordings on your Mac.

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1. Launch the software

To begin with, you will need to download and install the software on your Mac. Then, click the icon to open it.

2. Choose Video Recorder

On the interface of the app, you will be presented with several options as soon as you launch it. To record streaming videos, select the Video Recorder tab on the left of the interface.

3. Make adjustments to the recording settings

Before starting to record your streaming videos, you have to choose either Full or Custom mode to record your screen. To change the screen recording content on your Mac, turn on or off the Microphone, System sound, or Camera according to your needs.

4. Start Recording

Eventually, you will be able to start recording streaming videos by hitting the REC icon.

5. Stop Recording

Once done, click the Stop icon to stop the recording. You can preview and edit it after finishing recording. Later, hit Save to keep the video on your Mac.

Record your streaming videos on Mac via a browser extension - Screencastify

With Screencastify, you can create and share streaming video recordings online. What you need to do is add it to your browser tab, and then follow the prompts to complete the recording.

You may also want to know: How to record audio from a browser

1. Go to chrome.google.com, and search for Screencastify.

2. Click the Add to Chrome button in the upper right corner of the page, then select Add extension in the pop-up window.

3. After that, hit the puzzle icon at the top right of the Chrome menu. Later, find the pin button next to Screencastift to fix it on your browser tab.

4. Once done, you can click it to enter the official website. Then follow the prompts to make your custom recordings.


Recording streaming videos on your Mac can be a great way to capture live events, presentations, and more. With the help of the tools mentioned above, you can easily capture streaming videos personalized on your Mac.

Whether using Screenshot Toolbar, QuickTime Player, or a browser like Screencastify, it has some limitations to capture streaming videos. As an all-in-one solution, AppGeeker Screen Recorder lets you access, share and manage your recordings without any hassle. Give it a try and make the most of your Mac's recording capabilities!

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