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Looking to record a video of yourself on your Mac? This post provides you with the simplest and most convenient options to record yourself on a macOS computer.

Jasmin Woods Updated on Jan 10, 2023 9:51 AM

Quick tips for taking video of yourself on macOS computer:

  • Video recordings can be extremely valuable if you ever want to recall some of the best moments in your life. Luckily, recording a video of yourself on your Mac is easier than ever.
  • QuickTime Player and Photo Booth come pre-installed on all Macs, and can be used to take videos of yourself and make immediate editing to your recordings.
  • You can also record yourself with your Mac using iMovie. It lets you create new videos, arrange video clips, and share your recordings to your social media.
  • There are more recording options with Screen Recorder, which allows you to record yourself on macOS, and customize the recording to show yourself and your screen at the same time.

There are a few different options to record a video of yourself on your Mac.

It's convenient to record important moments by taking videos. You don't need to use expensive equipment to start video shooting. You can simply use your Mac to record a video of yourself.

Whether you want to video note events, or share your experiences, recording yourself on Mac helps you to capture crucial information and express yourself creatively. And there are several different options for recording a video of yourself on a Mac without hassle.

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Either the built-in video recording apps on macOS or some advanced video creators allow you to video record yourself with your Mac in good quality. In this post, we'll discuss what you need, and how to use an appropriate video creating app to record yourself on Mac effortlessly.

Preparing to record yourself on your Mac

  • Make sure that the built-in camera on macOS is working properly. You can also use a connected webcam for a better video recording on your Mac.
  • Mac has a pre-installed microphone to record your audio alongside video. If you're planning to record high-quality sound in your video, using an extra audio equipment is a good idea.
  • If necessary, prepare a script to make your recording more creative and engaging.

When you're all set, choose a video recording app for macOS to record yourself with your Mac computer. Whether it's the video creators preloaded on macOS, or some advanced video recorder apps, there are plenty of options to help you record a video of yourself on your Mac:

How to record a video of yourself on your Mac

Record yourself using QuickTime Player

QuickTime Player is one of the most popular video recording options among Mac users, perfect for self-shooting, movie watching, screen recording, and audio playback. It allows you to record high-quality videos of yourself on your Mac and make some basic editing.

Read more: How to Use QuickTime to Record Screen and Audio

Also, it's easy to operate. Just launch it on your macOS, and enable the movie recording feature to capture video from your webcam and audio from your microphone. If you're wondering "How do I record myself on my Mac?", check out the easy steps below.

1. On your macOS, navigate to Finder > Applications and open QuickTime Player. You can also search QuickTime Player in your Launchpad and click it to open.

2. From the top menu bar, select File > New Movie Recording, or press CMD + Option + N simultaneously for a new video recording. A window will open with a preview of your webcam.

Create a new movie recording with QuickTime Player.

3. Click the arrow next to the red button and choose your source camera and microphone from the drop-down options. You can also select video quality between High and Maximum.

Select source video and audio from the recording options in QuickTime.

4. Adjust the volume by moving the speaker slider.

5. When everything looks good, click the Record button to video record yourself.

6. Click the Stop square when you want to end recording.

7. Save your video recording by clicking File > Save in the upper-left corner. Rename the movie file and select where you want to save it.

Additionally, you can choose to view and edit your video recording before saving it on your Mac.

Film yourself in Photo Booth

Photo Booth is another video recording app option for macOS computers. It stands out by offering easy recording features and various video effects that QuickTime Player doesn't have. Its clean interface gives you access to all the features with clicks, which makes it an excellent option to video record yourself on your Mac. What's more, Photo Booth also allows you to use additional devices connected to your Mac, such as external microphone and video camera.

Here's how you can video record yourself on Mac in Photo Booth:

Step 1. Run Photo Booth on your Mac. You can open it up by accessing the Applications folder.

Step 2. Enable the video recording mode by selecting the video camera in the lower-left corner.

The Photo Booth will show you what your webcam captures. Be sure you can see yourself in the recording frame.

Step 3. When you're ready, hit the Record Video button to start taking your video.

If the Record Video button isn't visible, click the option Record a movie clip from the bottom left.

Record videos of yourself on Mac using the Photo Booth app.

Step 4. Check the Effects box at the bottom to apply effects to your video recording.

Step 5. Click on the red Stop square to stop recording.

Step 6. Select the thumbnail to preview the recording, then export it to your Mac in .mov format.

How to video record yourself on Mac with Screen Recorder

One of the favorites among those who work in video creation, webcam recording and desktop screen capture, the AppGeeker Screen Recorder is a powerful and complete tool for both macOS and Windows. It aims at flexibility and has a very user-friendly interface. Getting started with it is very simply. Just enter the video mode and record yourself or other contents you want to keep.

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The Screen Recorder is equipped with various recording options, allowing you to create high-quality videos and edit them instantly. You can easily record videos of yourself, or capture screen activities on your Mac. Its advanced features also enable you to record your webcam and Mac screen at the same time if you want your recording to include both your Mac screen and yourself.

1. Install and open Screen Recorder on your Mac; choose Webcam Recorder mode.

Select Webcam Recorder to take a video of yourself with your camera.

2. Select a source camera from the drop-down box at the bottom left, and turn on your microphone.

View yourself in the on-screen picture in real time, so you can adjust your actions while recording.

3. Click the REC button to video record yourself.

You can also take a screenshot of the recording by hitting the camera icon at the bottom.

4. Use the Stop button to end recording and save the video result.

Preview your video recording and save it on your Mac computer.

After stopping the recording, the preview window will appear automatically. You can play and trim the video before saving it to your Mac. If you're not satisfied with the result, click the Re-Record button to record yourself with your Mac again.

How to take a video of yourself on Mac with iMovie

As an Apple user, you can easily find iMovie on your Mac and other Apple devices. It's Apple's own app for video editing and it can also be used to record videos of yourself with your Mac. Moreover, iMovie lets you share your video creations directly on your social media. To record yourself from your Mac's webcam into iMovie by following the steps below:

Open iMovie on macOS and create a video recording of yourself.

  • Launch iMovie on your Mac, then access File > New Movie.
  • Click the arrow icon at the top to open up the Import window.
  • When the new window pops up, select a recording camera in the Cameras section on the left.
  • At the top of screen, check the Import to box and select a project you want to record video into.
  • To start recording yourself, click the red Record button below the live preview picture.
  • Click the same Record button again to stop recording.
  • Hit the Close option at the button right, the recording window will close. You will return to the iMovie main window, and start editing the video or adding effects.
  • To save or share your video creation, navigate to File > Share. Then decide whether you want to save the recording on your Mac, or share it on your social media platforms.

FAQs about how to film yourself on Mac

1. How do I record myself on my Mac?

There are a few different options for recording a video of yourself on a Mac. You can use the QuickTime Player, Photo Booth, and iMovie on your Mac to record yourself with the FaceTime HD camera or an extra webcam connected to macOS. As well, there are many other third-party tools including AppGeeker Screen Recorder and online video creators that allow you to make a video on your own.

2. How to record my screen and show my face on Mac?

The built-in video recording apps on macOS don't have the ability to make simultaneous recording of your face and screen. You will need to use a more advanced recording option.

Also see: How to Record Computer Audio on Mac

No matter what video content you want to capture on your Mac, AppGeeker Screen Recorder makes it easy to get the job done. You can film yourself with your Mac's camera, or record your Mac screen while showing your face on it. Here are quick steps to do it:

  • Install and open Screen Recorder on macOS, and click on Video Recorder.
  • Select full screen or a certain area to record.
  • Turn on your webcam and microphone. You can include the system sound on your Mac.
  • Click on REC button to record yourself with your Mac screen.
  • Hit the Stop button and save the video recording on your computer.

Video record yourself and your Mac screen at the same time.

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3. Can I record myself online on my Mac?

Yes. There are many online video recorders available for Mac that allow you to capture videos of yourself. They usually have a very simple interface and you'll need to allow them to access your webcam and microphone in the first place. When you finishing recording, you can simply download your video to your Mac for later editing.

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