How to Screen Record on MacBook Air Easily [M1, M2, More]

Are you still searching for how to screen record on MacBook Air? Stop it now! This post will show you some MacBook Air screen recording tools, and walk you through the detailed steps to complete the task. Among all the programs we mentioned, EaseUS Screen Recorder is worth trying best!

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Jane Zhou

Updated on Apr 19, 2024

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✨✨Here, we offer 4 solutions to help you screen record on MacBook Air. To help you quickly find the right tools, you can check out the following table:

Tools Effectiveness Difficulty
EaseUS RecExperts High - Easy to use, provide various professional recording modes, and has no watermark. Extremely Easy
ScreenShot Toolbar Low - record Mac screen quickly, but has limited to the macOS versions Easy
QuickTime Player Medium - can deal with simple screen recording tasks. It cannot capture the screen with system sound. Medium
OBS Studio High - offer many advanced features but is not friendly to the novices. Difficult

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you want to screen record on MacBook Air? Maybe you want to keep some precious moments in video calls with your loved ones, create video tutorials, or capture gameplay highlights for sharing. Whatever the reason, knowing how to screen record on MacBook Air is important! This post covers some simple ways to help you record on MacBook Air M1, M2, or other versions without effort! Without further ado, let's get dive into the details!

Method 1. Record on MacBook using Professional Mac Screen Recorder

👀This method is suitable for both pros and beginners who want to create high-quality recordings within a few simple steps.

Whether you are going to screen record on MacBook Air M1, M2, 2022, or other versions, you can always rely on EaseUS RecExperts, a professional Mac screen recorder worldwide.  

This MacBook screen recorder supports macOS 10.13 and later versions, and also runs perfectly on M1-based and M2-based Mac devices. It enables you to record part of the screen, the full screen, and a particular region on your MacBook Air. Most importantly, you can even choose to record MacBook Air screen with the microphone or internal sound without downloading any plug-in! 

After downloading the EaseUS Mac screen recorder, you can follow the below step-by-step guide to start recording on your MacBook Air:

Step 1. Download and launch EaseUS RecExperts on your Mac. To capture the whole screen, click on the "Full Screen" button from the main interface. If you want to customize the recording area, choose the "Region" button. 

main interface mac

Step 2. To record the screen with audio, hit the Sound icon from the bottom left side of the toolbar. The audio resources can be your external sound or system audio. Based on your needs, enable the target option. 

system sound

Step 3. Before capturing, you can change the output format of the recorded video by clicking "Settings" from the main interface. Then, scroll down the menu of Output format for Video. Choose the output type as you like. 

mac change output format

Step 4. Once done, click the REC button to begin recording. It captures anything displayed on your Mac screen. When you are done, click the Stop button. Then you can watch the recorded video from "Recordings". 

screen record on mac

Method 2. Screen Record MacBook Air with Screenshot Toolbar

👀Using Screenshot Toolbar requires macOS Catalina 10.15 or newer. If your MacBook Air runs macOS 10.14 or earlier, you need to update your system or choose another workable solution on this page.

To help you screen record on MacBook Air with sound, we first recommend the best free Mac screen recorder in the beginning. But actually, if you just want to capture your Mac screen simply, you can choose to screen record MacBook Air with keyboard shortcuts. Here is the tutorial:

Step 1. Press Command + Shift + 5 keys on your keyboard to launch the Screenshot Toolbar on your Mac.

Step 2. Choose the recording area on the pop-up toolbar at the bottom of your screen, like the entire screen or the selected portion.

Record MacBook Air with shortcuts

Step 3. Once done, click Record on the right to start your recording.

Method 3. Capture on MacBook Air with QuickTime Player

👀QuickTime cannot record screen and system audio at the same time. If you have such requirements, you can go for other options.

Another default way is to use QuickTime Player. Many Mac users know it is a great media player. However, it also can work as a screen recorder that lets you create tutorial videos or complete other simple recording tasks without downloading an extra Mac screen recorder. Better than the Screenshot Toolbar, it supports almost all macOS operating systems. Now, let's see how it works:

Step 1. Find and launch QuickTime Player on your MacBook Air.

Step 2. Click File > New Screen Recording, and it will open the Screen Recording window.

Capture on MacBook Air with QuickTime Player

Step 3. If you want to record MacBook Air with sound, you can click the arrow next to the red circle and choose your desired microphone to use.

Step 4. When you are ready, click the Record button to begin the recording.

?Read also: QuickTime Screen Recording with Audio

Method 4. Screen Record MacBook Air with Audio using OBS Studio

👀It is suitable for professionals, as it provides many advanced features with a complicated UI and workflow.

The last method to capture from MacBook Air is to use OBS Studio. It is an open source screen recorder that is compatible with Mac devices. With its aid, you can capture almost anything on your Mac screen effortlessly. Moreover, if there are two or more monitors, you can even record multiple screens with a few simple clicks! Now, let's dive into the tutorial:

Step 1. Download, install, and open OBS Studio on your device.

Step 2. Click "+" icon from the Source tab at the bottom, and choose the Display Capture option to select what you want to record.

Screen Record MacBook Air with Audio using OBS Studio

Step 3. Once added, you can click Settings to adjust the recording parameters, like video codec, format, resolution, etc.

Step 4. After that, click Start Recording!

Final Words

As you can see, this page covers 4 ways to record on MacBook Air, including built-in, open-source, and third-party software. You can choose the one that suits your needs best. To make it clear, we had made a simple conclusion:

?EaseUS RecExperts is suitable for those who have high requirements for recording but have little tech knowledge.

?QuickTime Player/Screenshot Toolbar is an ideal option for those who only capture the screen simply.

?OBS Studio is best for those who have no budget and still want to create high-quality recordings. Make sure you have enough time to learn how to use it.

How to Screen Record on MacBook Air FAQs

1. How do I record my screen with built-in sound on Mac?

To capture screen with built-in sound on Mac, you need to find a powerful screen and audio recorder, like EaseUS RecExperts. Just download it, choose the recording area, select the audio source, and click REC. That's it!

2. How to record screen and audio at the same time on MacBook Air?

You can use QuickTime Player to record screen and audio at the same time on MacBook Air. But you only can capture the microphone sound. If you need to record Mac screen with the system sound, you need to install some plug-in like Soundflower.

3. Why doesn't screen record have sound on Mac?

If you use QuickTime Player to screen record on Mac and find there is no sound, you can check if the built-in microphone is selected. If not, you need to manually select a microphone to capture your voice and sound before starting your recording.

EaseUS RecExperts

One-click to capture anything on screen!

No Time Limit, No watermark

Start Recording

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