shortz: How to Record Screen and Convert Video to GIF on macOS

Tomasz Buga
5 min readNov 13, 2021

Welcome! My name is Tomasz Buga, and this is shortz — short articles series that provides you solutions for your Software Development issues with simple to follow step-by-step guides.

How to record screen on macOS?

1 — Press CMD + Space to open the Spotlight Search

2 — Type QuickTime and press Enter to run the QuickTime Player app

3 — From the menu bar select File > New Screen Recording (or simply press Control + CMD + N)

4 — Set up options as you like and hit the Record button

5 — To stop recording press the Stop button on the menu bar (it’s located on the right side of the menu)

6 — If you’re satisfied with the result, you can save the video (default format is *.mov) on your Mac with File > Save or with CMD + S combo

How to convert video to GIF on macOS?

1 — Download the FFmpeg binaries (e.g., from here)

2 — Extract the *.7z archive file with a double-click

3 — Press CMD + Space to open the Spotlight Search

4 — Type Terminal and press Enter to run the Terminal app

5 — Type ls /usr/local/bin and hit Enter to see if there is a bin directory on your Mac (ls means listing & bin is an abbreviation for binaries)

6 — In case you'd receive a message: No such file or directory, please type sudo mkdir /usr/local/bin (sudo is short for superuser do & mkdir stands for make directory)

If you’d run mkdir for that particular location without sudo you’ll probably end up with the Permission denied message

7 — Once you have directory /usr/local/bin available — let’s copy the ffmpeg binaries that you extracted to that folder. Open Finder and from the menu



Tomasz Buga

Software Development Engineer in Tests. Passionate about programming. Experienced, former employee of the insurance industry. Graphic designer by choice.