How to Record MP4 on Mac [2024]

MP4 is widely used as a video format by many people. When sharing their Mac screens as a video, some users say they don't know how to record an MP4 file on Mac. This guide will show you exactly how to record MP4 on Mac easily. You may download EaseUS RecExperts to start immediately!

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Melissa Lee

Updated on Feb 04, 2024

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Hello, is it possible to save the recording file in another format than .mov? Because this format is not practical to send to a Windows user. How do I save my screen recording in .mp4 format? Thank you.

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Many Mac users have the same doubts. You may want to record the Mac screen as a video in MP4 format. Not just sending the video to a Windows computer but also playing it on other devices. If you are one of them and don't know how to record MP4 on a Mac, you may read this post first.

This detailed guide will give you some feasible tools and methods to capture the Mac screen as an MP4 video. Keep reading and choose the one you like. Before diving into details, you can check the comparison table of them.

🗂️Methods ⏱️Effectiveness 😁Difficulty
EaseUS RecExperts Record the Mac screen as MP4 with one click.
QuickTime Player Record Mac screen without system audio. ⭐⭐
OBS Studio Record multiple windows with a relatively huge learning curve. ⭐⭐⭐

Record Mac Screen and Audio as MP4[Easy!]

The easiest way for novices to record Mac screen and audio as an MP4 video is to use EaseUS RecExperts. This screen recorder is compatible with both Mac and Windows devices. And you don't need any experience to use it.

With this tool, you can record the screen, internal audio, microphone sound, and even the webcam on your Mac at the same time. The best thing is that you can schedule recording tasks to let it record automatically. Download it from the button below and follow the tutorial to start recording.

Step 1. Open the streaming video that you want to capture. Then launch EaseUS RecExperts to get used to its interface on your Mac. If you want to record the whole screen, you can click the "Full Screen" option. If you want to customize the recording area, hit "Region". Then, select the recording area with your mouse. 

At the same time, to capture the screen with audio, you just hit the Sound icon in the lower left corner.

main interface

Step 2. Click "Settings" to apply more options, including changing the output format of the video, the quality, etc. 

mac change output format

Step 3. Once you are satisfied with the settings, go back to the main screen and click the Sound icon. Then, enable the system or microphone sound if you want to record audio and screen at the same time. Click "OK" to ensure the audio options. After that, hit "REC" to start recording. 

record audio and screen at the same time

Step 4. Hit the Stop icon when you want to end the recording task. Then, watch the recorded video in "Recordings". The button can be found in the main interface. You can review the target saving from the lists.

screen record video on mac

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Record MP4 on Mac with QuickTime Player

Many people will think of QuickTime Player when it comes to screen-recording on Mac. It is true that QuickTime is capable of recording Mac screen and audio with easy operation. And the recording quality is satisfying overall.

However, QuickTime Player doesn't export movies as MP4 videos. So, you will need to convert the MOV file to MP4 format with another tool. If you are OK with this, let's check how to record the Mac screen as a video.

Step 1. Launch QuickTime Player and go to "File" > "New Screen Recording".

Go to New Screen Recording

Step 2. In the next window, you can choose to record the microphone along with the screen or not.

QuickTime Player doesn't record the system sound by default. If you want to record the internal audio, install the Soundflower extension first.

Adjust Recording Settings

Step 3. After setup, click the red "Record" button to start capturing. When you want to finish, click the "Stop" button or press the "Command-Control-Esc" keyboard combination.

QuickTime Record Button

Now, you can convert the MOV file to MP4 format with an online tool. You can choose the tool you usually use to do so. But if you want to record the Mac screen and audio as MP4 directly, we recommend you to try EaseUS RecExperts.

Record MP4 on Mac with OBS Studio

The last method to record the Mac screen as MP4 videos is using OBS Studio. This open-source screen recorder can be used on your Mac without charging. It even offers many customized features to users.

The best thing about it is it can record multiple screens at the same time. If you have multiple tasks to complete, this tool is your best option. However, if you are not an expert, we don't suggest you try this method because you may have a relatively huge learning curve.

Screen Record on Mac with OBS Studio

Step 1. Launch OBS Studio on your Mac and click the "+" icon in the "Sources" box.

Step 2. Then, select "Display Capture" from the options list and click "OK".

Step 3. Next, go to "Settings" > "Output" and select "Recording Path" to determine where to place the file.

Step 4. Hit the blue "Start Recording" button to start recording. To stop recording, click on the "Stop Recording" button.

How to Record MP4 on Mac FAQs

1. How do I record my screen as an MP4?

Well, it depends on what device you use.

  • For Windows computers: Use Xbox Game Bar;
  • For Mac computers: Use EaseUS RecExperts.

2. How do I change my screen recording to MP4 on a Mac?

You can't do it without downloading other software. Therefore, you can screen-record on Mac as an MP4 in two ways:

  1. 1. Record the screen as a MOV video with Quick Time Player and convert it to MP4 with a file converter;
  2. 2. Record the Mac screen as MP4 with a program supporting MP4 format.

3. Can QuickTime export to MP4?

No. According to Apple, your movie will be exported as a QuickTime movie (.mov) using the H.264 or HEVC codec. And movies that are exported as audio-only are exported as MPEG4 audio files. All in all, QuickTime Player doesn't export movies as MP4 videos.


This guide gives you 3 ways to record the Mac screen as MP4 videos. If you don't have much experience in using screen recorders or you want an easy procedure, you may choose EaseUS RecExperts. Download it right now!

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