How to record Apple TV video output on Mac

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?