Unlike some streaming services, Netflix doesn’t allow you to record Netflix on Mac which can be really frustrating if you want to watch a film or show offline. The only way to capture Netflix video on macOS is to use a screen recording software. Be aware that saving Netflix videos on Mac could be considered a violation of Netflix terms and conditions and you may lose your subscription because of it. We don’t advise that you try to save Netflix shows on Mac until Netflix officially support the feature on Mac. If you can’t wait until then, below then are 5 ways to record Netflix shows on Mac.
Camtasia is probably the most widely used screen recording software available for Mac and offers tons of features and customization options. Despite that though, it remains easy enough for anyone to use. Camtasia is most commonly used to produce screencasts for tutorials or game walk-throughs but it works perfectly well as a way to capture Netflix on your Mac. At $99, Camtasia is one of the most expensive video capture tools available for Mac but if you need a video recording tool that does more than just record Netflix movies, it’s definitely worth the investment.
Capto is a more user friendly version of Camtasia although it’s not as powerful. Capto is ideal if you just want record video such as Netflix shows on your Maca as well as edit both video and images. Capto can record at 60 Frames Per Second (FPS) which means videos look very smooth when you replay them on macOS. Other nice touches include intelligent file manager to find recordings quickly and instant sharing options. You can try Capto for free to see the results for yourself.
Voila Screen Recorder is from the same makers of Capto and a slightly more dated but still functional streaming recorder. Like Capto, Voila is incredibly quick and easy to use and doesn’t overwhelm you with technical jargon or complex video settings like some screen capture apps. You can capture Netflix in either full screen or windowed mode, in HD if you want and it automatically captures video audio with no configuration needed. If you want a quick, easy and value for money way to record Netflix streams on Mac, Voila is an excellent option.
SnagIt started out as a simple but nifty screen capture tool for Windows that eventually made it to Mac. Now SnagIt does much more than take screenshots including video capture. SnagIt is still however primarily a screenshot tool and the video capture tool is designed more for creating relatively short screencasts than recording long shows or films from Netflix. However, it is extremely easy to use and great if you want a combined screenshot and video capture tool in one.
Jaksta is a very simple screen recording solution that can capture Netflix on your Mac as well as other major streaming sites such as Hulu, Fox, HBO and Amazon. Jaksta has a minimal interface which either allows you to record a specific window in your screen or it can even detect when a movie has started and stopped. Jaksta isn’t available from the Mac App Store although the developer promise a 30 day money back guarantee if you’re not happy and you can try it for free.
These are the best apps to effectively download Netflix on Mac although there are a few things to be aware of before you use them.
It’s important to note that saving video on your Mac this way does have a few problems. The first is that the quality won’t be as good as the original because a lot of frames will be skipped by screen capture software. Screen capture software is designed primarily for creating your own screencasts and tutorials and not for recording TV shows or movies even though they can be used for this purpose.
Another issue is that capturing Netflix this way is very demanding on your Mac and you’ll probably notice other applications responding slowly during the process and your Mac’s cooling fans will sound like a Boeing 747 taking off!
In addition, the video files produce by capturing your screen this way will be very large. You’ll need to make sure you have several GB of hard drive space available before even starting. Count on needing at least 1GB for every 5 minutes of recorded video. There are many ways to check how much storage space you have on your Mac if you need help with this. You can reduce the amount of space the files take by lowering quality settings but of course, the quality of the final video will be affected. One useful tip is to save Netflix recordings to an external hard drive so that they don’t take-up space on your Mac.
Finally, beware of bogus applications out there that claim to be able to save, download and record Netflix on Mac. This is simply not possible anymore due to technical limitations that Netflix has imposed so don’t be taken in by them!
If you have any problems or questions capturing Netflix videos on your Mac, let us know in the comments below. You may also be interested to read our tips on the best Netflix apps for Mac and what to do if Netflix is not working on your Mac.