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Creating a screen recording of a second display with Apple’s QuickTime Player

One of the features of Apple’s QuickTime is that it allows a video recording to be made of your screen. This allows whatever you’re doing on the screen to be captured in a video and played back later.

To use QuickTime Player on OS X El Capitan to make a screen recording, use the procedure described below:

1. Launch QuickTime Player

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2. In the File menu, select New Screen Recording.

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3. In the Screen Recording window, click on the arrow drop-down menu and select the desired options.

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4. Set up the conditions that you want to capture then click the Record button.

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5. Select the desired option for recording either a portion of the screen, or the whole screen.

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6. When you’re ready to stop recording, click the Stop button in the menubar.

Note: You can also press Command-Control-Escape on the keyboard to stop the recording.

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By default, this procedure will work to record your Mac’s primary display but you can also use it to record an alternate display. For more details, see below the jump.

To create a screen recording of an alternate display, do the following:

1. Follow steps 1 – 4 of the procedure described above.

2. Move your mouse to the alternate display. You should see the recording options notification message appear on the alternate display.

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3. Select the desired option for recording either a portion of the alternate display’s screen, or the whole screen.

4. When you’re ready to stop recording, locate and click on the Stop button in the menubar.

Note: Be aware that the Stop button may be in the menubar of the Mac’s primary display.

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  1. Rahul
    October 8, 2016 at 8:13 am

    Dragging to second monitor does not work – did you actually try this out or just imagining things?

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