There are several ways to screen record Youtube videos. We’ll cover some of the best and easiest ways to do that. There are also a few legal and technical considerations you need to bear in mind.
Let’s start with how to make Youtube screen recordings on PC, Mac, and a great online option too.
Sometimes you just want to grab a short piece of a Youtube video. Making a screen recording is the easiest way to do that. Here are some screen recording software options for different operating systems or devices.
The easiest way to record a youtube video is to use RecordJoy. Head to their website and sign up for a free account using your email address.
Before making your recording, you’ll need to configure some settings:
When you click “Start Screen Recording” you’ll be given the option to choose from a list of tabs or windows or to record the entire screen. The easiest is to select the “Entire Screen” option to record a Youtube video while playing it in full-screen mode.
Click “Share” and allow your camera and microphone access when prompted. You’ll see a countdown of 5 seconds, and then your recording will start.
Play your video in full-screen mode. Once you’ve reached the end of what you wanted to record, click “Stop Sharing” to end the recording.
You’ll now be presented with your video and some basic video trimming options. Change the start and end times of the video to coincide with the beginning and end of your full-screen playback of the Youtube video.
You can either click “Download” to save a copy of the recording locally or “Save and Generate Link” to save your screen recording videos to RecordJoy’s servers.
Windows 10 and 11 have a built-in screen recording option but limited functionality. The Xbox Game Bar comes standard with these versions of Windows. This tool is mainly intended to record gameplay, but it will also work to record a Youtube video.
Click on the video you want to record, then enable the Xbox Game Bar recording by pressing Windows Key + Alt + R. The most significant limitation of recording videos with this tool is that it can only record one window at a time and won’t allow you to record your desktop.
It also can’t record videos and your webcam at the same time. Using RecordJoy to record Youtube videos removes those limitations. As it’s an online application, it doesn’t require any software to be downloaded and will work on any version of Windows.
If you’re using a Mac, there are two built-in options to record Youtube videos. You can either use the screenshot toolbar or the QuickTime player application.
Play the Youtube video in full-screen mode and pause it when you’d like your recording to start. Now open the screenshot toolbar by pressing Shift, Command, and the number 5 keys simultaneously.
Click the “Record Entire Screen” option and then “Record”. Start the playback of the Youtube video and then stop the recording once you’ve captured the video content you want.
Open the Quicktime application and click File > New Screen Recording from the menu bar. Click the dropdown arrow next to the record button to enable or disable the microphone for the recording.
Click the record button and then click anywhere to record the entire screen. Play the Youtube video in full-screen mode and end the recording once you’re done.
These built-in options result in a video that must be trimmed so that your video only shows the Youtube content. You can use iMovie to do that.
Neither of the built-in Mac options gives you the option to record a Youtube video with your webcam embedded though. The additional program required to trim the video is also inconvenient.
If you want to record Youtube videos and want the option of simultaneously recording your webcam, then use RecordJoy. It’s online, so you don’t need to install an extra application.
The easy-to-use video trimming and sharing options and the cloud storage make it very convenient for screen recording Youtube videos.
The legalities are a little fuzzy, but it depends on how you intend to use the recording. If you use the recorded Youtube video for your personal use, then it’s legal.
Yes. On your iPhone, go to Settings – Control center and click the + button next to Screen Recording. Go to Control Center and tap the grey record button. After 3 seconds, it will start the screen recording.
Play the Youtube video in full-screen mode to record it. This works on iOS 11 and later.
Yes. Use RecordJoy as described above, and ensure you have the volume turned up on the Youtube video you are recording. RecordJoy will capture the audio recording along with the video.
If you want to record Youtube videos, then RecordJoy is one of the most straightforward tools. Their free trial gives you access to all the features of the premium package and allows for up to 30 minutes of screen recording.