How to record Apple TV video output on Mac

By , Nov 6, 2015

QuickTime Mac

There are lots of reasons why you might invest in a USB Type-C cable for the new Apple TV. One of the most compelling reasons is because a USB Type-C cable allows you to record Apple TV video output. Via QuickTime’s video capturing capabilities, first introduced in OS X Yosemite, it’s possible to record and save direct-feed footage from the Apple TV to your Mac.

Apple TV direct feed

Step 1: Connect your Apple TV to your Mac using a USB Type-C cable

Step 2: Launch QuickTime

Step 3: Click File → New Movie Recording

Step 4: Click the dropdown menu next to the record button and select Apple TV for Camera and for Microphone

Apple TV QuickTime Recording

Step 5: Click the Record button to start recording

Step 6: Once you’re finished recording, click the Stop button

Step 7: Click File → Save to save your recording

Keep in mind that you will not be able to record HDCP protected content, which is used on some video streaming apps. You will, however, be able to capture direct-feed footage from games and the Apple TV interface itself.

I’ve used QuickTime’s video capture capabilities in many of our Apple TV tutorials thus far, and it’s come in really handy.

Do you own a USB Type-C cable yet? If not, is this enough to convince you to invest in one?

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  • Hi

    Cool, thanks for the heads up Jeff!

  • Zampe

    How did you write this whole article without knowing the Apple TV COMES with a USB C cable? No need to “invest”

  • James G

    These tutorials that require a USB type C cable keep causing Amazon to go out of stock. Ordered mine a week ago and it’s still not here. Shipment even got delayed.

    • Morgan Freeman

      No, Amazon not having enough stock for demand is causing Amazon to go out of stock. Whether these tutorials are directly responsible or not is another story.

      • James G

        The item is sold on Amazon but not from Amazon. The seller hasn’t sent enough stock to Amazons fulfillment center.

  • techfreak23

    I would hope not, but why delete the comment if he wasn’t serious…? lol

  • Andres

    People are going to start recording Netflix series and are going to post them online

    • Morgan Freeman

      I have a feeling netflix employs DHCP and you will not be able to easily record such content. Call me crazy.

      • Andres

        You learn something new everyday

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    • George

      People have been doing that for years on PlayStations

    • James G

      Easier with an iPhone.

    • techfreak23

      It clearly states in the article, “Keep in mind that you will not be able to record HDCP protected content, which is used on some video streaming apps.” Netflix is one of those apps…

  • This is going to be a problem if people are going to start recording shows and sharing it online. Apple should properly add protection for it.

  • Nelsoncolar

    Cool, nice guide.