Do you want to watch your Netflix videos offline on your Mac? It can be easy to actually download various movies and shows using your iPhone or your iPad to watch Netflix movies offline. But, how can you do it with a Mac computer? There are various ways around this problem. However, it’s significantly less straightforward.
With Mac computers, you just don’t simply download Netflix movies on your Mac for viewing offline. You have to implement some methods that will allow you to watch Netflix offline. The processes are simple, but it still has requires time and effort on your part.
Disclaimer: Before we delve into the details of watching Netflix offline on your Mac, we want to say that the methods stated in this guide actually violates the terms and conditions of Netflix. This could possibly lead to your account or subscription’s termination. We do not condone the practice and it’s just here for educational purposes.
When you want to what your Netflix videos offline, you have to download it to your Mac. In order to do this, you have to implement a screen recording. Yes, you have to run the video and play whichever movie or show you wish. And, you allow the screen recorder to do is job while doing so.
This can be a nuisance for a lot of people. And the results won’t be as perfect as you’d like it to be. However, it’s one of the most efficient ways you can do in order to get your favorite movies and shows from Netflix.
There are a lot of screen or video recorders you can use for your Mac device. These include ScreenFlow, Camtasia, and Snagit. Apowersoft has screen recorders as well. The said mac video recorder can be downloaded and you can opt for its free trial. However, with the free option, you won’t be able to take advantage of the full features given on the premium version.
For instance, you only have the ability to record a maximum of 3 minutes. Obviously, this is not enough in order to record a full movie or TV episode. Thus, you need to obtain the premium version which costs about USD 39.95 per annum.
A free alternative to Apowersoft would be Monosnap. Or, you can use QuickTime player instead. QuickTime usually comes preinstalled in most Mac devices and are free to use. However, there are times when you don’t need to use applications to record your movies and TV shows. With macOS Mojave, you simply press the keys CMD + SHIFT + 5. Once you’ve done that, screen recording will begin. However, the audio quality won’t be as great compared to other alternatives.
The method outlined here should work for those who have a macOS Mojave. Here are the steps you should follow:
You need to use Firefox, Chrome, or other browsers besides Safari. Since Safari issues a warning when you try to record using the said browser, we will be using Firefox or other browsers instead. Safari will show a “Display Error” and asks you to make sure that your monitor is compliant with HDCP. To fix this issue, we will just use another type of browser.
Visit Netflix’s main homepage. Then, log into your account. Pick a movie or TV episode you wish to record. Begin playing the movie or show and you can opt to choose to display it in full screen. Adjust the sound level and position of the display. Pause the movie and place the marker back to the beginning of the show.
Press CMD + SHIFT + 5 on your keyboard. This will display the screenshot function that has the ability to record your screen. Select Record Selected Portion. After this, position the mouse over the area you wish to record.
Unfortunately, with macOS Mojave, you can’t record the built-in audio. Thus, you have to record the sound using your mic. For this one, you have to press Options. After this, select Built-In Microphone. If you don’t do this, your video won’t have associated audio.
It would be pointless to record your screen if you don’t have audio with it. After this, press Record. Leave the movie or TV show playing. Make sure the volume is turned on. Do other things while the screen is recording.
Once the show is complete, you can press CMD + Shift + 5 in order to display the menu. Then, you can press the stop icon located in the menu found at the top part of the screen. The recorded video will usually be saved in your Desktop. However, if you have Stacks within your computer, you will find it in the category labeled Films.
Take note that this might be a very huge file. If you use this option to record videos on Netflix and watch them online, then be ready to take up a lot of space within your Mac device. And of course, know that you are violating Netflix’s Terms and Conditions. It is suggested that you don’t share the content you’ve just recorded.
Don’t have macOS Mojave? We still got a way for you to record your favorite Netflix shows. This involves using QuickTime Player, an application that comes with Mac operating systems. Here’s how to record Netflix videos on your Mac using QuickTime Player:
First, you have to open the QuickTime Player application on your Mac device. Then, open your web browser. Again, due to the reasons above, we recommend that you use Chrome or Firefox instead of Safari. The latter will display an error if you record Safari’s display. Then, visit Netflix.com. After this, sign into your account. Select the movie or TV show you wish to record.
Go to the Dock and right-click on the icon for QuickTime. Select New Screen Recording. After this, press the down arrow located just next to the record button. Select the option Internal Microphone. To begin recording click the Record button and then you can choose between two options. These options include being able to capture the entire screen or you can drag around the region of the movie you wish to record.
Play the video from the start. Wait until the entire episode is done. After this, right-click on the icon for QuickTime Player within the Dock. Select Stop Screen Recording. Decide which name you wish to call your recording.
For the purpose of ease, you can just save it with the name of the movie or the show + season + episode number. Afterward, save it to your desired location. Again, it is important to note that this takes up a lot of space within your storage drive. And we will always warn you to avoid sharing the recorded content.
This is a great alternative to your QuickTime Player. It’s tried and tested software that can be downloaded through their website or through the Mac App Store. The great thing about it is it doesn’t have audio issues compared to the built-in tools of Apple. Here’s how to use Apowersoft to record Netflix videos on your Mac for you to watch offline:
Download Apowersoft through its website or Mac App Store and simply launch the program on your computer. Click the icon for Audio Input and wait until it shows a dropdown menu. In this case, you are given the ability to modify the input. When you record Netflix, select the option labeled System Sound.
Now, visit the tab for Options. Then select the specific settings you wish. It is suggested that you remove the option to “Show Recording Boundary.” You should also remove the options to “Record Mouse Cursor” and “Show Recording Toolbar.” In this way, only the audio and video will be recorded. Now, within this menu, you should choose a customized hotkey. Finally, double check the various recording options.
Open your web browser. Again, don’t use Safari. Make sure you use Firefox or Chrome instead. Unplug external monitors you have connected to your computer. This might hinder you from recording the screen properly.
Then, determine the output location of the complete recorded file. Do this by pressing the small dots located near the Open Folder option. Usually, the default locations would be [Your Name] > Movies> then Mac Screen Recorder. However, you can change this location if you wish. Now, log into your own Netflix account and select the film or show you wish to record.
Press Apowersoft’s Record button. You can select either a region of your screen or the entire display. This will depend on the position of the movie you are recording. The best option, though, is to use Full Screen mode. This will lead to a better video resolution.
After you hit the Record button, a countdown will appear. This will last for 3 seconds. It will be displayed unless you removed it from the settings. Then, simply make your movie to be displayed on the entire screen. That is if you chose the full-screen mode of recording.
Once you have completed the recording, minimize the browser that contains Netflix. Locate the logo of Apowersoft. This is usually located in the top-right corner of the Macs screen. Press Stop Recording. When you have done so, you are presented with that of a.MOV file.
This file will open automatically on another window. If you have recorded a huge file, do take note that it will take quite a bit of time before the completion window will appear. Once you have completed recording, the file will be located in Apowersoft’s tab.
It will display the file name, duration, size, and creation date of the recorded movie. From that location, you can instantly edit its name and you can even view the properties. If you think, you got it wrong, then you can delete it as well. Now, you can instantly watch the recorded video on your Mac even when you’re not online.
With Windows PCs, you can actually download Netflix videos and watch them offline. When you use Windows 10, for instance, you simply download the app for Netflix using your PC. Then, simply download the movies or TV shows you wish through the download icon that appears within the videos. In order to take advantage of this feature on your Mac computer, you need to install Windows within Boot Camp. Or, you can use VMWare or Parallels to run the said operating system. That’s the way around this problem.
If you wish to transfer your .MOV file towards your iPad or iPhone, it is suggested that you convert it to that of the.MP4 file format first. Still, if you have a legitimate Netflix account, you can download the videos directly to your iPhone or iPad. That’s the easiest way to do it.
If you purchase Apowersoft’s full suite of applications, you can get a built-in video converter. This costs USD 59.95 per year at a discounted rate. It will give you a video converter that can convert your .MOV files to.MP4. The software works very well and is an excellent choice for those with iOS devices.
To use Apowersoft, you simply press the icon for Convert. This is located within the recorder and will open up a new window. In this new window, simply locate the movie file you wish to convert. Press on it and then import it.
Now, you’re able to convert your .MOV files to.MP4. You can choose to save it to your desired location. If the file is too large, the conversion process might take a long time. However, you can just do other things while it is converting. Once it is complete, a pop-up will appear informing you of the situation. Now, you can transfer the files to your iOS devices.
In order to watch Netflix offline on your Mac device, you have to record your screen using apps such as QuickTime Player and Apowersoft Screen Recorder. Or, you can run Windows on your Mac to easily download movies within the Netflix app.
Keep in mind that doing all of these are in violation of Netflix’ Terms and Conditions. So, it is best to avoid doing so and watch online instead. Or, if you really want to watch videos offline, avoid sharing the Netflix movies and TV shows to others. Hope your binge-watching experience will be great!
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