How Do I Record Webcam on Mac – 5 Easiest Ways [Free and Paid]

Last Updated on August 5, 2020 by Leo Standy

Wondering about how to record webcam on a Mac? You are in the right place. Here I will introduce some of best ways to record webcam video on a macOS computer.

Maybe you want to record a video speech as a greeting, record a tutorial on your mac, or record an online course for your students, and many other reasons will require to record your face webcam on your mac. Whatever the reason, you have to ensure that you have an valid webcam for your mac, if you are using iMac or MacBook, you already have a built-in front camera, or if you are using Mac mini, then you have to insert a third-party one.

There are a few ways to help to video record webcam on mac. And Today I will focus on those mostly applied among users. In the below instruction, I will show you how to record webcam with Photo Booth, QuickTime Player, iMovie, VLC and a third-party recorder.

How to Record Webcam on Mac in Photo Booth

Just like the built-in camera app on Windows, Mac also has a similar tool for users to take photos or record a video with the built-in camera or an external video camera. The tool is Photo Booth. It is a tool that will easily get ignored. While today I will let you know how convenient it is for us to record face webcam video with it.

Record Webcam Photo Booth Mac

If you have inserted an external webcam, please ensure that it’s connected well and functioning.

Step 1 Launch Photo Booth on your Mac. You will have three options at the bottom left. They are take quick four photos, take a photo, and record a movie clip. Obviously, you should choose the third one.

Photo Booth Webcam Record Window

Step 2 Make sure that the webcam is filming the right view. When you are ready, click on the start button with a video cam icon and wait for a 3-second countdown to start the webcam record.

Photo Booth Count Down to Start Record Webcam

Step 3 Click the stop button to stop your webcam video recording. And the video clip will be listed at the bottom of the recording window. Right-click to export the video file if you need it.

How to Record Webcam on Mac with QuickTime Player

As a pre-installed app on Mac, QuickTime Player is a very good alternative to Photo Booth for record webcam video clips on Mac.

Step 1 Launch QuickTime Player, on the top menu, click on File to spread the drop-down menu and choose New Movie Recording.

QuickTime Player > File > New Movie Recording

You will also see New Screen Recording and New Audio Recording. If you want to record your webcam and screen at the same time, you can click New Movie Recording first, and change the view mode to float on top at View option. You can resize the camera window if you like. Then choose to open New Screen Recording.

Step 2 On the movie recording window, you will find a start record button at the bottom center. Click on the button and QuickTime Player will start to record the webcam video.

Start Webcam Recording with QuickTime Player

Step 3 Click to stop the recording once you have done the webcam recording on your Mac. Then click on the File at the top menu, and select Save to export the webcam movie file onto your Mac.

Stop Webcam Recording QuickTime Player

Export Webcam Recording QuickTime Player

The file type is .mov by default, you can change it by saving to another format, though I think the MOV video is well supported by various players and devices.

How to Record Webcam with iMovie on Mac

Just like Photo Booth and QuickTime Player, you can easily find the iMovie app on your Mac since it is a pre-installed program too. Go to LaunchPad and open iMovie. It is a very decent method to record webcam on mac when you are making a video project with iMovie.

Step 1 On the project editing panel, move to File at the top menu and then choose Import Media…

Step 2 On the Import window, choose the FaceTime HD Camera in the right pane.

Step 3 Designate a project or event as the destination of the webcam recording video.

Step 4 Then click the start button to start the video webcam recording.

How to Record Webcam with VLC Media Player on Mac

The webcam recording feature is simplified with Photo Booth, QuickTime Player, and iMovie. If you want more customizations for enhancing your webcam recording experience and the webcam recording result, you can choose VLC Player. It offers some more customization options. And it is completely Free.

Step 1 Download and install VLC Media Player on your Mac.

Step 2 Move to File in the top menu bar. And Choose to Open Capture Device in the drop-down list.

Step 3 On the Open Source window, put ticks in the box before labels of Video and Audio. And choose the right input video and audio devices that you need.

Step 4 Enable the Streaming/Saving.

Step 5 Then you can change the output webcam recording video format and the output location in the Settings… window. Remember to enable Display the stream locally, so that you can view your webcam recording in real-time. Click OK to save your settings.

Step 6 You will be referred to the Open Source window. Click the Open button to start your webcam recording on Mac.

How to Record Screen and Webcam with Third-Party Screen Recorder

As mentioned before, you will get limitations when recording webcam on mac with built-in apps or even VLC. Aiseesoft Screen Recorder offers substantial flexibility for recording facecam and screen on your Mac.

Aiseesoft Mac Screen Recorder

With multiple powerful features, you can record a designated window only, you can exclude some windows and make them transparent in your recording, you can set a time schedule for auto recording. And of course, it helps you manage webcam recording with ease.

The steps to use Aiseesoft Screen Recorder for webcam recording on Mac is super easy.

Go to Webcam Recorder on the interface, and enable the webcam, then click the REC button to start recording.

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