How to Screen Record Netflix on Mac in 2022 – A Complete Guide

How to Screen Record Netflix on Mac

Netflix is a popular streaming service with a lot of content to choose from. It offers movies, tv shows, anime, and documentaries in multiple languages. However, every now and then, Netflix decides to cancel some shows or remove some content. So, you might lose some of your favorite shows or movies from Netflix. In such instances, you should know how to screen record Netflix on Mac. And the only way to do it is by using screen recorder software.

 

Luckily for you, we’ve shared two different screen recorder software to screen record Netflix on your Mac, and they are:

  • QuickTime Player
  • Bandicam

Is it illegal to screen record Netflix?

 

The answer is Yes and No.

 

Yes, because screen recording is against Netflix’s rules. For that matter, Netflix and any other streaming services don’t want you to record their stuff. According to Netflix’s Terms of Use, Section 4.6, you have agreed not to download, reproduce, distribute, modify, display, perform, publish, license, etc., without their permission.

 

No, it isn’t illegal to view recordings of copyrighted material for personal and non-commercial use. It will not be considered copyright infringement or violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

 

How to screen record Netflix on Mac with QuickTime Player

 

QuickTime Player is popular multimedia software developed by Apple and comes preinstalled on your Mac. You can use this software’s built-in screen recording feature to record Netflix on your Mac with HD (1080p) resolution.

 

Here is the step-by-step process of screen recording Netflix on a Macbook using QuickTime Player.

 

Step 1: Launch the QuickTime Player and your browser

 

You’ll always find QuickTime Player preloaded on your Mac, so you don’t have any reason to install this app. Also, open your Chrome web browser. Or, you can even use the Edge web browser instead. Unfortunately, you cannot use the Safari browser to screen record Netflix on your Mac.

 

Step 2: Disable Hardware Acceleration on your web browser

 

This step is very important, as you need to do to screen record Netflix without any black screen. For this, you need to disable the “Use hardware acceleration when available” option from your browser. Here, we’ve shared how to do this for Chrome and Edge browsers:

Disable Hardware Acceleration on your web browser
  • On your Chrome web browser, click on the “More” (three vertical dots) icon in the upper-right corner. Then select “Settings” > “Advanced” > “System.” After that, turn off the toggle switch for the “Use hardware acceleration when available” option.
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  • On your Edge browser, click on the “More” (three horizontal dots) icon in the upper-right corner. Then select “Settings”> “System and performance.” After that, uncheck the “Use hardware acceleration when available” option.

Step 3: Start screen recording in QuickTime Player and play Netflix

 

After you’ve disabled the hardware acceleration option for your browser, now you should start a screen recording in the QuickTime Player. Here’s how to screen record in QuickTime Player on Mac:

Start screen recording in QuickTime Player
  • Launch the QuickTime Player for Mac (if you haven’t yet).
  • Then you should click on the “File” menu and select the “New Screen Recording” option.
  • Next, you can select whether you want to screen record your entire screen or a specific area of your Mac’s screen.
  • Then you can click on the “Record” button to start your recording.
  • After that, visit the Netflix site on your browser and sign in to your account.
  • Then play a Netflix movie or show of your choosing.

Step 4:  Stop recording and view your Netflix video

 

Once you’ve captured your Netflix content on your Mac, click the “Stop Record” button in the QuickTime Player menu. After that, your finished video will appear on a replay video. You can click the “Play” button to view your Netflix recording.

 

How to screen record Netflix on Mac with Bandicam

 

If you are looking for a dedicated third-party screen recorder software, you should try Bandicam. With this software, you can record 4K Ultra HD video with resolutions up to 3840×2160. Also, you can screen record nonstop for 24 hours without any interruptions.

 

Here are the step-by-step process on how to screen record Netflix on Mac without a black screen.

 

Step 1: Download and Launch Bandicam

 

You can install the Bandicam for Mac software for free. After that, launch the Bandicam software on your Mac before opening your browser.

 

Step 2: Open your browser and disable Hardware Acceleration

 

Now you need to open your browser to log in to your Netflix account. For this, you can either select the Chrome or the Edge web browser. Just like in the previous steps for the QuickTime Player, the steps are almost similar. In this step, you need to disable the “Use hardware acceleration when available” option from your browser.

 

Here, we’ve shared how to do this for Chrome and Edge browsers:

  • In the upper-right corner of your Chrome browser, click the “More” (three vertical dots) button. Select “Settings” > “Advanced” > “System” from the drop-down menu. After that, disable the “Use hardware acceleration when available” option by turning off the toggle switch.
  • Click the “More” (three horizontal dots) icon in the upper-right corner of your Edge browser. Select “Settings”> “System and performance” from the drop-down menu. After that, uncheck the “Use hardware acceleration when available” option after that.

Step 3: Start screen recording in Bandicam and play Netflix

 

The next step is to start screen recording on the Bandicam software, log to your Netflix and play a video. Here’s how to do it:

  • Click on the “Rectangle on a screen” menu for the Bandicam software.
  • After that, click on the “[ REC ]” button to start your screen recording.
  • Next, visit the Netflix site and sign in to your account.
  • Then start playing a Netflix movie or a TV show.
  • After that, click on the “Stop record” button to end your recording.

Step 4: View your screen captured Netflix videos on Bandicam

 

After you’ve finished the screen recording of your Netflix video, you can check your captured video on the Bandicam. Here’s how:

  • On Bandicam’s window, click on the “Home” option.
  • Then click on the “Videos” tab and locate your Netflix video.
  • After that, you can Play, Edit, or Upload your recorded Netflix video.

Concluding remarks

 

It is not uncommon for Netflix to suddenly remove your favorite TV shows or movies. Though Netflix has introduced the “Download” option for offline viewing, it is only available for your smartphone. In addition, your downloaded video expires after 30 days.

 

However, when using Netflix on your Mac, you don’t get the Download option. So, if you want to keep a copy of your favorite movie, then you should know how to screen record Netflix on Macs.

 

Furthermore, if you want to circumvent geo-blocked content on Netflix, you need to use a VPN. So, check out our related in-depth guide on how to use VPN on Netflix.

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