How to make a video on a Mac.

Learn two ways to create videos on your Mac desktop with its native tools, plus tips for editing your finished project.

With Mac’s built-in tools, you can easily create videos — whether you want to record your screen for a tutorial, create a home video, or shoot a creative clip for social media. Let’s look at the ways you can start recording today.

Shoot a video with Photo Booth.

One of the easiest ways to record a video of yourself is by using the Photo Booth app, which uses your Mac’s built-in camera and microphone. This method is ideal for creating videos to upload to social media or share with friends and family. Here’s how:

  1. From Applications, launch the Photo Booth app.
  2. Toggle from Camera Mode to Recording Mode by selecting the Record icon on the bottom left of the screen.
  3. To start recording your video, press the red Record button.
  4. When finished, press the red Stop button.

Shoot a video with the help of your smart device.

Another way to make a video on your Mac is with the help of an iPhone or iPad. Connect one of these devices to your Mac to capture what you’re seeing on the device and save it as a movie on your Mac. This method grants you freedom of movement when shooting, rather than simply recording on a stationary desktop. Here’s how:

  1. Connect your device to your Mac.
  2. From Applications, launch the QuickTime Player app.
  3. Select File, then New Movie Recording.
  4. On the pop-up menu, click the Options arrow, and choose your connected iPhone or iPad as the camera source.
  5. To start recording your video, press the red Record button.
  6. When finished, press the red Stop button.
  7. Choose File, then Save to save your recording.

When you’re ready to edit your photos, you can use iMovie — Mac’s built-in video editing software — for performing basic edits, or you can explore additional editing software and techniques for more advanced edits.

Explore everything you can do with Premiere Pro as you begin shooting your videos.