If you want to venture into the world of video tutorials, it will be essential to know how to record your computer screen. Windows offers functions like Game Bar and applications like PowerPoint, but you also have third-party applications that we will explain in this guide. Do you own a Mac? We will also detail the alternatives that you have in macOS.
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The truth is that virtually all computers come with microphones and webcams, but they don’t always have software to easily record your computer screen. We want to offer you different alternatives, whether you want to use a free program that is already included or through an application that is full of professional-level functions.
Record PC screen in Windows 10
If you prefer not to download any additional software, there is the possibility that some of the applications you already have installed can record your screen, even if that is not the main purpose of it. Here we show you some that you probably have access to and that can help you.
How to record your screen with Game Bar
To use this function, your PC must be compatible with one of the following encoders. Most modern graphics cards or processors will support them:
- AMD VCE – (AMD Radeon HD 7900 or newer)
- Intel Quick Sync H.260 (2nd Generation Intel CPU or newer)
- Nvidia NVENC (most newer Nvidia GeForce 600, Quadro K series or newer)
Step 1: click the Start button followed by the settings icon located in the Start Menu. This opens the Settings app.
Step 2: Choose Game.
Step 3: In Game bar, make sure that the option Record game clips, screenshots and streaming using Game Bar is activated.
Step 4– Type the default keyboard shortcut to open Game Bar: Win + G. You may see a message asking if the highlighted application on your screen is a game. If it occurs, select that Yes.
Step 5: the Game Bar feature appears near the top center edge of the screen. It has buttons to access multiple overlays, including sound, performance, and capture.
The Game Bar feature capture overlay should appear by default. If that doesn’t happen, click on the webcam icon in the Game Bar. After that, hit the round button Start recording in the capture overlay. Click again to stop.
Note: The Game Bar recording function will not work with desktop or File Explorer. However, it should work with games and other types of applications.
Alternatively you can type the key combination Win + Alt + R to start and stop recording with the Game Bar enabled.
All video captures are saved in the Videos / Captures folder as an MP4 file.
How to record your screen with PowerPoint
Didn’t you know you could record your screen with PowerPoint? It’s true: the latest versions include this useful feature. Step by step, this is how you can do it:
Step 1: Go to the tab Insert and select Screen recordinglocated in the Media.
Step 2: Click on Select area to choose the specific area of the screen you want to record. If you want to record the entire screen, press the Windows + Shift + F.
Step 3: Click the button Record, “Or press the Windows + Shift + R simultaneously.
Step 4: you can click the button Pause, which replaces the button Record, to stop the process as necessary. Click the square button Stop to end the capture.
Step 5: To save the recording, right-click on the video displayed in PowerPojnt. Select the option Save media as in the popup menu. Follow the on-screen instructions to store your recording.
When you’re done, you can save the video as a separate file to access or embed as you see fit. The editing and control options are very limited after that, but it’s a great option for fast recording, especially if you’re doing it for an impending presentation. And don’t ignore the enhancement tools PowerPoint offers, such as changing the shape of the video, adding a border, and adding effects like shadows, glitter, and more.
Professional alternatives to record the PC screen
If you want an improved recording experience from an application designed specifically for more professional and game-oriented clips, your best option is to download one of the following applications.
OBS Studio (free)
OBS Studio, one of the most advanced screen recording applications available for free, is completely open source and allows unlimited full screen recording without watermarks. It has built-in streaming features for those who want to have a live audience while recording and has great hardware support, making 60 FPS recording perfectly feasible.
It is more complete than some freemium applications and, for this reason, it may take a little longer to configure it. However, it is still the best free screen recording app that exists today.
Snagit (from $ 50 dollars)
Snagit is a program designed more for beginners than for gamers, with loads of recording functions made to show products and create your own marketing videos or practical functions. So if you are planning to make a video that includes multiple video types and multiple graphics as well as screen recording, Snagit is a great option.
Record your Mac screen
MacOS screen recorder
MacOS Mojave included a function that allows you to record videos from your screen and “screenshots” with the MacOS screen capture tool.
Step 1: Press Command + Shift + 5 to bring up the screen capture toolbar.
Step 2– Decide whether you want to record the entire screen or only part of it, and then click the corresponding button. If you choose the latter, you must select which part you want to record. Otherwise, the recording will start immediately.
Step 3: When you have recorded everything you wanted, click the button Stop to stop recording.
Step 4– As part of this version of MacOS, when taking a screenshot or recording, a thumbnail appears in the lower right corner of the screen. Click on it and choose a location to save it.
If you are running an older version of MacOS, you can always use QuickTime Player for basic screen recording (as well as audio recording). QuickTime recordings aren’t easy to edit in posts, but if you want a quick and easy recording method on MacOS, it’s one of the simplest.
Step 1: Run QuickTime Player. It will probably be in the Launcher.
Step 2: You may not see a window appear on the screen. Instead, click Archive, Located in the upper left corner of the menu bar.
Step 3: click on the option New screen recording, Which appears in the drop-down menu.
Step 4: You can see a popup asking for permission to record the computer screen. Click the button Open System Preferences and follow the instructions. You may need to restart QuickTime Player.
Step 5– QuickTime Toolbar is identical to MacOS Integrated Capture Utility. Click on Options To add or remove mouse clicks, use the built-in microphone and designate where the video will be stored.
Step 6: Again, you will see two sets of buttons: three on the left for the screenshot and two in the middle for recording. Click the button Record full screen or Record selected portionFollowed by the button Record located on the right.
Step 7: When you’re done, navigate to the menu bar and click the stop recording button, as shown below. Alternatively, tap the appropriate symbol if your Mac has a touch bar.
Step 8: To save the recording, click Archive in the menu bar followed by save, in the drop-down menu. Choose an appropriate location and name.
* Updated on June 22, 2020 by Rodrigo Orellana.