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How to Record Online Videos on Mac and Windows

By Tony Moton

January 19, 2018

"Last week, I subscribed to the online live streaming course. I realize now that I need to record it to review some key points. Is there any good software to help my study?"

You can find that there are various video recording and screen capturing tools when you search on the Internet. There are also some differences in the functionality of these tools. If you don't know which one to choose, you can refer to the tools recommended in the following. Mac has a built-in recording software called QuickTime Player. For Windows, I highly recommend TuneFab Screen Recorder. How to use the two screen recorders to record online videos on Mac and Windows? See below.


Part 1. Record Video on Mac with QuickTime Player

QuickTime Icon

If you want to record online videos on Mac, you don't need to download any additional software, because QuickTime is one of the applications pre-installed in the macOS operating system. QuickTime Player can be used for screen recording, audio recording, and film recording. Of course, it also supports video playback in a variety of formats. With QuickTime, you can easily record your Mac screen and share the recordings with your friends, or save them for future view.

To do it, you'll just follow these steps:

Step 1. Launch the QuickTime Player (located in /Applications/). Choose File > New Screen Recording.

New Screen Recording Option

Step 2. Click on the arrow next to the Record button, you can change the recording settings of your camera or iOS device, microphone, and recording quality.

QuickTime Player Basis 
Camera Controller

Step 3. Click on the Record button to start the recording. If you want to record the entire screen, click anywhere on the screen to start. Or you can drag to select an area to be recorded.

Select A Cropped Portion

Step 4. Click on the Stop button in the menu bar to stop recording your screen when you satisfied with the length of the recording.

Although QuickTime Player is remarkably simple to use, this program can only be used on Mac. Windows users don't have to be sad, because TuneFab Screen Recorder will help you solve your recording problems professionally. Now, let's move on to Part. 2.

Note: Part 2 is also available for Mac users to record video.

Part 2. Record Video on Windows & Mac with TuneFab Screen Recorder

TuneFab Screen Recorder is specially designed for Windows (10/8.1/8/7) users as well as Mac users, which offers a number of useful features for easy screen recording. This program could help you record online videos, games and webcam videos. You could also make a video tutorial by yourself with TuneFab Screen Recorder because the program offers the ability that it could highlight your mouse cursor with customizing size and color. In addition to the functions of recording the screen, it can also help you take screenshots to record important moments when you use your computer.

Here's how to get it to record any online videos you want.

Step 1. Download and Install TuneFab Screen Recorder

Download TuneFab Screen Recorder, then launch it. Open the online video that you want to record. Then move to the next step.

Main Interface

Step 2. Select Recording Area

You can select "Full screen" or "Custom" and others to choose the recording area of the video. When you record online videos, you need to turn on "System Audio" and turn off the "Microphone".

Screen Display Settings

Step 3. Choose Output Folder/ Output File Format

Click on the More Settings button and go to "Output" to choose the output folder, output file formats for the recording videos.

Output Settings

Step 4. Change Hotkeys

In "Hotkeys", you can press the keyboard to directly change the shortcuts as you like.

Change Shortcuts

Step 5. Start Recording Your Own Video

Once the settings are configured, click on "REC" to start recording the online video on your Windows as well as Mac. By the end of the recording, you can click on "Save" in the lower right corner to save the video file.

Preview Recorded Video

The Above is the simple and effective ways of recording online videos, you can decide which method to choose based on your needs. For Mac users, TuneFab Screen Recorder and QuickTime Player are a desirable choice. For Windows users who want professional and advanced tools, TuneFab Screen Recorder is recommended. 

So, to sum up, TuneFab Screen Recorder will be the second to none option. Now, go ahead and try it!

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