For Mac users, there is a way to record video footage for instructional purposes using the pre-installed QuickTime program, rather than having to purchase and/or install third-party applications.  Assuming you are using macOS 10.12 or above, follow these steps:

  1. Open QuickTime Player on your Mac from your dock or your /Applications/Utilities folder.
  2. Click File in the Menu bar.
  3. Click New Screen Recording.
  4. Depending on the audio source you wish to use, click on the arrow next to the record button in the QuickTime window and choose from the list of available microphones.
  5. Click the record button in QuickTime.
  6. Click the screen to record your whole screen, or click and drag over a portion of the screen to record just that section.
  7. Once you have captured everything you need, click the Stop Recording button in the Menu bar.
  8. Click File in the Menu bar.
  9. Click Save, and enter a filename and select a location to save the recording.
  10. Click Save.

Because you can record just a portion of the display if you wish, this method also allows a simple way to record FaceTime, Skype, and other videoconferencing calls.  Additionally, if you have an iPhone or iPad running iOS 10.0 or above, by plugging in the device to your computer you can choose its camera/mic from the list in Step 4 and capture video from the mobile device as well.

Once you have a video file ready, you can then upload it to Content, Discussion posts, quizzes, or a D2L dropbox using My Media.

Note: QuickTime is not officially supported by CETL.  If you experience technical issues using the program, please contact the campus Help Desk (, 414-229-4040) for further assistance.


D2L 10.6, February 2017