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Recording, Editing, and Exporting with Quicktime

Recording, Editing, and Exporting with Quicktime

Jimmy Chorng

Jimmy Chorng


Recording with Quicktime

Using Quicktime is easy because it’s already on your computer if you’re a Mac user. A program like Camtasia will offer more editing and customization ability like animating mouse clicks, but it costs $99.

1. Once your desktop is clear and your microphone is set up, open Quicktime. No window will open, but Quicktime Player will be visible in the menu bar.

2. Navigate to File > New Screen Recording and a window will appear.

3. Click the dropdown arrow next to the record button. This will show your audio options. In this example, Apple Headphones are plugged into the microphone input. If you’re using a USB microphone or an audio interface, these options will appear.

4. When you’ve chosen your source, do a soundcheck to see that the meter is responding.

5. Click the red record button and the dialogue below will appear. It is recommended to record your entire screen because it should be set to the correct resolution and aspect ratio. If you click and drag an area the resolution and aspect ratio will not be correct.

6. When recording has started, a stop button icon will appear in your menu bar.

7. When you’re done recording, press the stop button and save your recording. Always do a test run to make sure your audio sounds good.


Editing with Quicktime

Quicktime offers very basic editing features, but by combining them you can fix misspeaks, false starts, coughs, pauses, etc., which means you do not have to worry about getting 1 perfect take. The example below uses a Prezi presentation.

1. Trim is useful if you want to cut out anything in the beginning or end of your video, like navigating through tabs or getting your presentation set up. Navigate to Edit > Trim. A timeline will appear on the bottom your screen recording.

2. Trim by dragging the yellow tabs to the points at which you want the video to start and end. When you press the trim button, Quicktime creates a new video, so saving is necessary.


The Split tool allows you to make cuts in the video, and then rearrange the clips. This comes in handy if you recorded something out of order.

1. Find the point in the video where you want to split. Navigate to Edit > Split Clip.

2. A timeline will open, and the clips will appear separated. In the example below, there are three different clips. You can split videos as many times as needed.

3. From here, you can drag clips around to rearrange the order.

4. Click “Done”, and Quicktime will create a new video. Save this new video.


Another great editing feature is Add Clip to End.

1. Navigate to Edit > Add Clip to End

2. A window will appear where you can choose what video file you would like to add.

3. Click "Done" and save.


Exporting from Quicktime

When you’ve finished making adjustments to your screen recording, you’re ready to export. Exporting directly from Quicktime is easy.

1. Navigate to File > Export and select  “iPad, iPhone, iPod touch & Apple TV…”

2. A dialogue box will appear asking to choose which device. Choose “iPad, iPhone 4 & Apple TV”. Hit Save. This will give you a 720p, MP4 video file. The MP4 codec makes a smaller video file without losing resolution.

Jimmy Chorng


Apologetically Californian.

Jimmy Chorng


Apologetically Californian.

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