On Mac computers, there’s an incredible built-in video editing program named iMovie. Besides improving video performance, this program can also help users record a video through a webcam.

With this considerate feature, you don’t have to buy an extra expensive camera to record a decent video clip. When you want to record a demo, or a prank or reaction video, you can simply open iMovie on your Mac. By the way, if you plan to leave a video message to your family or friends or tell your colleagues the details of business affairs, iMovie can also help you with that.

In this tutorial, I will show you how to record a video with iMovie with 3 simple steps. You can start your recording soon or later.

Record A Video with iMovie on Mac

How to record yourself in iMovie

Given that most Mac computers are pre-installed with a FaceTime HD camera, it’s unnecessary to insert an external webcam device.

Note: If you’re using a pretty old Mac computer without a built-in camera, make sure you insert an iSight webcam since iMovie cannot detect other webcam devices.

Now, let’s see how to use iMovie to record a video.

To begin with, launch iMovie on your Mac computer. Then, press Cmd + I to open the Import Media window where you can decide the source for iMovie recording.

Next, choose the built-in FaceTime HD camera and click Import, iMovie will display the real-time webcam frame on its interface.

Record Video with iMovie

To record the image, click Record.

Now, iMovie will start to record the webcam image and directly import the video to Project Media.

Tip: If you want to save the video on your desktop or other locations, you can change the destination through the Import to: option.

Recording Webcam with iMovie

Click Close to complete the recording. You can find the recorded video on the Project Media or a selected destination.


Though iMovie is an excellent video editing freeware, its webcam recording feature is rather a bit mediocre.

First of all, iMovie can only record the webcam image along with the microphone sound.

  • When you are recording a demo, you cannot record the vocal and the music playback on the Mac at a time.
  • Also, if you plan to record a how-to video that includes on-screen activities, iMovie cannot help you with that.

Moreover, with iMovie, you can only record a video in .mov format which is a format that cannot run properly on some Android phones.

  • If you send the video to a friend or colleague using an Android phone, he/she might not watch it.

All in all, iMovie is helpful to make an easy webcam recording for Mac users.

For those who are in pursuit of recording a perfect video with computer sound and flexible video settings, Aiseesoft Mac Screen Recorder will meet your demands.

What can Aiseesoft Mac Screen Recorder help you with

Aiseesoft Mac Screen Recorder is a universal Mac video/audio recorder, you can use it to record your Mac screen, webcam, audio, and take a screenshot.

Features of Aiseesoft Mac Screen Recorder:

Simultaneously recording webcam and screen

  • You can show people your real-time image and the content on your Mac display at the same time.

Recording system sound along with a microphone

  • In this case, when you’re recording a demo, you can record your vocal and the music playing on your Mac together.

Adjustable video configuration

  • You can decide the format, audio source, quality, and frame rate of the captured video, which can save your time of improving and converting the footage.

Built-in editing tools

  • The app provides in-app editing tools, you can add annotations on your video without using other tools.

One-press shortcut activation

  • You can use a hotkey to start a recording without open the program specifically.

Now, let’s see how to record a video with Aiseesoft Mac Screen Recorder easily.

Step 1 Download the free trial on your Mac

Step 2 Prepare for the recording

Launch the program and choose Video Recorder from the interface to have a flexible webcam recording.

On Video Recorder, turn on Webcam and a window will pop out displaying the webcam image. You can use your cursor to adjust the position and size of the window.

Mac Screen Recorder Recorder Webcam

Then, decide the audio source for your video, you can turn off System Sound when you don’t want to record the computer sound.

If you want to capture the image from your webcam alone, you can now initiate a recording by clicking the REC button.

For those who want to record webcam and screen simultaneously

After completing the webcam and audio options, you need to decide the area in which Mac Screen Recorder will record.

You can click Full to record the entire screen, or click Custom to select the target portion.

Mac Screen Recorder Decide Recording Area

Now, minimize the Video Recorder window.

Step 3 Start recording

When everything is set, press Ctrl + Cmd + S on your keyboard to start recording.

During the recording, a panel will appear on which you can find the in-app editing tools to add annotations and draw on your video.

Mac Screen Recorder Recording Webcam

Moreover, you can click the Pause button to take a break when you’re having a time-consuming recording.

Click Stop to complete the process, the app will display the video for you to review and trim. Hit the Save button to export the video to a custom folder.

Mac Screen Recorder Record Webcam Save Recording


The default video format is WMV and if you plan to create an MP4 or MKV video, you can click Menu > Preference to change the video settings.

On the Output tab, you can change the format, frame rate, and quality.

Mac Screen Recorder Webcam Recording Settings


Above are all the skills for you to record yourself on a Mac computer.

Of course, you can stick to iMovie for simple webcam recording. Well, when you want to have a more flexible and pleasing recording experience, you can try Aiseesoft Mac Screen Recorder.

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