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How to record screen and audio at the same time on Mac

Dig deeper into the easy techniques on recording Mac's screen plus its audio at the same time to create a video. You can get video and original audio and/ or microphone to record.

Elena Spencer Updated on Feb 20, 2023 6:57 PM

If you're someone who likes to watch and save videos or make videos on various occasions, then you might want to know how to record the screen and audio on Mac at the same time. You can screen record in macOS system while you're watching a video or using an app, and have the sound and visual footage recorded in one same video.

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Depending on what source you would want to record audio from when screen recording a Mac, either record through the microphone or record the audio that the computer, a website, or an application produces, you'll learn different ways to record Mac's screen and capture your voice and internal sound along your recording. Go straight to the all-in-one macOS Screen Recorder if you tend to record a video of your screen & screen audio when media is playing, and microphone audio.

There're a few ways to record both Mac screen and Mac audio at the same time - internal & external audio.


To record audio and screen on Mac simultaneously, open QuickTime Player and go to File > New Screen Recording. In the New Screen Recording window, click the arrow icon next to the red Record button, and choose [your microphone] or [an actual audio driver] to record your voice and other audio for a screen recording. Hit the Record button to start recording your computer screen and sound which comes from the screen at the same time.

Choose an app to record screen and audio on Mac below:

1. Recording screen and audio with QuickTime Player Mac

2. Screen video and audio recorder for Mac - screen, Mac's sound, your voice together

Recording screen and audio with QuickTime Mac

macOS has a screen recorder bundled with QuickTime Player that you can take to record the audio and video at the same time, in one file, on the Mac.

Basically, you know how to record your screen via QuickTime and manage to record through a microphone as QuickTime offers a direct solution to capture voiceover from the screen. However, you may have no luck with recording the sounds that a Mac makes such as music videos, movies, YouTube videos, notification sounds, game video audio, etc. in addition to the screen recording.

Don't worry; this part divides into two parts of using Mac QuickTime for screen recordings with microphone audio or actual Mac audio internally via New Screen Recording, so as to get both video and audio in the playback.

How to record screen and voiceover at the same time

This is the easy part; you're able to take a screen recording of your Mac and at the same time an audio recording as you're narrating - so long as your Mac or MacBook have an internal mic in place, or you've had headphones with a microphone or a USB mic connected to your computer.

1. Open QuickTime, and click File > New Screen Recording to invoke Screen Recording window.

2. In order to record audio while recording screen, click the arrow next to the Record button, and then have Internal Microphone or any connected microphone selected.

  • During recording, you can drag the audio volume control to configure to a decent level.
  • If you get audio feedback, you need to lower the volume level.

If you choose "None" under Microphone settings then all audio refuses to be recorded in a Mac recording.

3. Click the Record button. Before the recording actually kicks off, do the following:

  • Use your mouse to highlight the full screen or a portion of the screen to start recording.
  • While your Mac is recording the screen, talk or speak yourself closer into your microphone so your own voice could be added to the recording. Note that Mac's speaker sound plus ambience noise is also picked up.

4. Hit Stop button from the menu bar to stop recording. The audio and screen recording should automatically open and play into QuickTime Player.

Watch the video file of the screen recording and test the sound straight from your mic. If the audio wasn't recorded, there wouldn't be a way add it back to the video; you may need to re-record the stuff.

This way, QuickTime records both the video screen and the audio that is coming from your voice as well as the audio being blasted from Mac's speaker all being taken in by your microphone.

How to record screen and onboard audio from Mac

Don't be surprised at the moments when you screen record on your Mac using QuickTime, for example, you're trying to record an educational video playing in Safari, only to find that you cannot get the sound to record whilst the video records correctly.

You'll also want to know if there's an approach of using QuickTime for screen recording videos and original sound without recording background noises - such as you're talking to someone while recording.

Thankfully, with BlackHole plugin set up to Mac's input and output of audio source at the same time, QuickTime seamlessly records the audio as well as the screen whenever you do a screen capture and have media playing on Mac. Here's how.

Tip: The process is mostly the same if you're on a newer Mac (macOS Mojave or higher) to record video and internal audio in a screen recording.

Step 1: Install BlackHole free extension and set it as sound output

Install the BlackHole plugin on your Mac, which re-routes system and/ or application audio directly to QuickTime recording app.

On Mac, click System Preferences (or System Settings since macOS Ventura 13) > Sound, then choose BlackHole 2ch under Output tab.

Configure audio source to BlackHole to get system sound captured in the same video screen recording.

Optional. Once BlackHole is set up, you'll hear no sound from any of application through Mac speakers. To ensure that you're still able to hear the internal sound of what you're recording, set up a multi-output device within Audio MIDI setup app.

  • Open Audio MIDI setup app from /Applications/Utilities.
  • Click the '+' symbol in the bottom left corner and select Create Multi-Output Device.
  • Add a new multi-output device in Audio MIDI Setup utility.

  • In Audio Devices window, click Multi-Output Device from left pane, select "Built-in Output" (or named "Mac Speakers") and "BlackHole 2ch."
  • You have to set the built-in output or speakers to list as the master device at the top.

  • Go to Sound control settings and choose "Multi-Output Device" option to record Audio from the Mac and listen to the audio at the same time. You need to adjust the volume to a comfortable level before you start the recording of video.
  • Configure sound output and volume of the recording.

Note: Remember to reset the setting back to the way they were after you finishing your Mac sound and screen recording adventure.

Step 2: Open the media with both screen and audio you want to record on your Mac

Head to the browser, application or anywhere and open the media you want to screen capture. Don't start to play it.

Step 3: Run QuickTime Player and click File > New Screen Recording

When all settings are set correctly, open QuickTime Player.

From its menu bar, choose File > New Screen Recording.

Step 4: Choose audio source under "Microphone" to record audio and adjust volume

When you're in the Screen Recording window, click the arrow symbol sitting next to the Record button, then choose "BlackHole 2ch" in the recording options instead of "Internal Microphone" so as to get QuickTime to record Mac's internal sound.

Choose the actual audio drive and the video that you recorded on your screen includes the audio.

Step 5: Hit Record button to start recording and play the media to be recorded on Mac

Click the Record button, and then click anywhere of the screen to record entire Mac's screen with both video and audio; Or drag to select a only a portion and hit Start Recording button.

Once the recording begins, play your video.

Step 6: Click Stop button to end the recording

When you're ready to finalize the QuickTime recording, hit the Stop button from the menu bar.

Play the recorded video file and check the footage as well as test out the sound. Done! You've got simultaneous screen and audio recordings of Mac without any external noise or voiceover.

macOS Mojave or later - screen and audio recording

If you're running a macOS version higher than Mojave and about to record your screen and audio in the same recording onto Mac's drive, press Shift + Command + 5 to open Screenshot toolbar, then click Options to choose the sound source to make the Mac record the audio from the screen - either the built-in microphone or the audio driver like BlackHole 2ch you've already configured, and finally press the Record button to begin recording, followed by playing the media you wish to record and save.

When you click File > New Screen Recording in QuickTime Player, macOS Screenshot toolbar should be invoked as well by which you could comfortably record what you doing on screen and have audio at the same time.

Screen video and audio recorder for Mac - screen, Mac's sound, your voice together

"Is there any other software that allows screen, internal sound, and microphone audio to record at the same time?"

The answer is YES. Screen Recorder should be your best bet, and makes it possible to talk and screen record on Mac with sound at the same time — QuickTime enables you to record screen and external audio from mic or just the screen and screen audio, but not all three sources.

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The software is an incredibly powerful screen and audio recording tool and gives users ability to record the screen using a Mac that includes the computer sound. The microphone option lets you decide whether your screen recording has your own voice or not, so you can narrate instructions if need be. There's also noise reduction function comes included in an attempt to mute any surrounding sounds in the audio recording.

The steps of screen recording a Mac with the sound, and with the microphone are super easy:

1- Fire up the software and choose Video Recorder tab.

Select Video Recorder to take a macOS recording of screen plus it's audio.

2- On the next screen, take these actions:

Screen recording of a video has no audio if you do not turn on "System sound" nor "Microphone."

  • Open the video screen you'd like to record with Mac.
  • Click "Full" or "Custom" to record entire screen or just a certain area of the screen.
  • To have the sound from Mac and from your microphone both on one recording, enable toggles for "System sound" and "Microphone."
  • You can also turn on your webcam if you need to record yourself.
  • A press on the tiny gear icon will allow you to change the default recording settings over saving folder, video & output format, etc.

3. Hit REC button, and while it's recording, play your video and use your microphone to add your narration or commentary to the video.

4. When that's done, click the red Stop square icon on the float bar.

Click the pen icon in the far right of the float bar to display editing tools that you can use to draw on the screen in real time.

After recording, you will get a preview window letting to play back the recorded video with the screen audio or/ and your voiceover. You can trim the recording as well. When you're satisfied with the results, press the Save button to save the video file locally to your desired folder of Mac.

Preview the recording and save the video file back to your computer.

That's it. AppGeeker Screen Recorder software might be your wise option that allows to record sound and that can screen record at the same time on macOS. Depending on your recording needs, the utility records the screen and disables the audio from the video or microphone, records sound which comes from the screen while you're recording the screen, records mic in video recording, as well as record everything together in a single file.

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