How to Screen Record: The Complete Guide

If you've ever wondered how to record your screen, this post will help you out. Video sharing sites like YouTube make it easy for anyone to create videos and share them with the world, and screen recording is one of the easiest ways to get started creating videos.

Of course, like anything else, the exact tools you'll need and process you'll use depend on exactly what you are recording your screen for. We'll break all of that down, so you'll know what you are getting yourself into when you start recording your screen.

How to screen record

Let's start with the basics of how to screen record on PC. There are two major types of screen recording you may want to do: recording for a live stream and recording for a video that will be edited later. These are different processes and require different tools. Within those two categories, there are additional options to consider. Will you use a picture on picture to put a video of yourself in the frame? Will you be recording audio over the top of the shot, using the built-in audio output of the computer, or both? Once you know what needs to be done, you can begin to examine how to do it.


If you want to have a video of yourself inserted into the frame, you'll need a video camera. To get started, you can get by with just the webcam attached to your computer, but those are not of the highest quality, and you'll want to upgrade eventually. DSLR cameras provide the best results and give the highest level of control but come with a learning curve. For simple shots, such as recording yourself talking, a good point-and-shoot camera is often enough.


For recording audio to lay over top of a screen recorded video, you'll almost certainly want to use a unidirectional microphone. These microphones only pick up sound from the direction they are pointing, making them ideal for recording the spoken word.


The software you use will depend on your goals. For live streams, software like OBS allows you to do a great deal of editing on the fly, but the learning curve is difficult. For pre-recorded video to be edited later, you can get by with the free Windows game bar that comes with Windows. However, most good video editing software, like VideoStudio, comes with a screen recorder, and if you are going to make videos, you'll need a video editor.

The exact process for recording depends on the software, but aside from OBS, the process is usually as simple as pressing the record button, highlighting the area of the screen you want to record, and pressing the record button again.

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How to choose a screen recorder for Windows

When it's time to choose a specific screen recording software for Windows, you'll find no shortage of them available. We've already briefly discussed the circumstances that determine which type of software you need. Most people opt for video editing software with bundled screen recorder. Thankfully, good software companies allow you to download a free trial of their product. By doing so, you'll be able to find the right software solution for you.


Because screen recording is one of the easiest ways to get into video, it's one of the first ways that people do it. It's important to remember that as your skills grow, you'll likely want to expand your skillset beyond simply recording video. By using a screen recorder combined with a professional quality video editor, like VideoStudio, you'll be prepared to take the next step in your creator evolution when the time comes.

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