How to Record a Screencast in Windows 10

Recording your computer screen may seem daunting at first. Especially if you do not have the right tools at your disposal. You might want to record a presentation while rehearsing your speech or share a piece of gameplay with friends.

Whatever it is, recording your screen in Windows 10 is extremely simple. If you know the correct combination of keyboard keys, you can start recording whenever you want. Although the built-in feature is pretty powerful, it is no match to the dedicated apps whose sole purpose is capturing anything on your screen.

How to Record Your Screen in Windows 10 with Built-In Software

Windows 10 comes with built-in screen recording software. Initially meant for recording the games you play, you can also use it to record anything you do on your computer.

The first step is to enable this option in the Windows settings menu.

  1. Step 1

    Press the Start button on your keyboard.
  2. Step 2

    Now start typing settings. The link to the Settings app will appear. Click it.
  3. Step 3

    In the Settings menu, click the Gaming option. The Game bar menu opens.
  4. Step 4

    Turn on Record game clips, screenshots, and broadcast using the Game bar by clicking the toggle switch to the On position.

There is also an alternative way to bring up the Settings menu by using a keyboard shortcut. Press the Windows key and the letter ‘I’ at the same time and the menu will appear.

Now that you have successfully enabled the Game bar, it is time to start recording.

  1. Step 1

    Choose the app for which you want to record your actions. That can be your desktop, web browser, a video game, or even a movie you are playing on your computer.
  2. Step 2

    On your keyboard, press the Windows and the letter ‘G’ keys at the same time. This will bring up the recording overlay over your screen. It consists of several widgets, like Capture, Audio, and Performance.
  3. Step 3

    To start recording, click the record button in the Capture widget.
  4. Step 4

    Now simply click anywhere on your screen to hide the Game bar overlay. A small widget will appear on the right edge of the screen showing you the current recording time. It also allows you to stop recording, as well as to turn the microphone on or off if you have one. Once you are done recording, click the Stop button on the small widget.
  5. Step 5

    A Game clip recorded notification will appear. If you click it, a folder will open in Windows Explorer, where you can see the video file you have just recorded.

Of course, you do not have to bring up the game bar every time you want to record something. There is a keyboard shortcut that allows you to instantly start or stop recording your screen. Simply press the Windows, Alt, and R keys at the same time, and the recording will start. To stop recording, press the same combination again: Win + Alt + R.

You can also change the combination of keys that bring up the game bar, making it even more convenient. In the Game bar menu, you will notice the Keyboard shortcuts section which allows you to define your own set of shortcuts. There are many options the game bar provides, so you can customize the shortcuts for each. The only rule when creating a keyboard shortcut is that you have to use the Ctrl, Alt, or Shift keys in the combination with at least one other key.

The Best 3rd Party Options

If Windows’ built-in recorder doesn’t provide the level of options you need, there are other alternatives to consider. Depending on the options you require, here are three apps that will definitely cover your needs.

OBS Studio

OBS Studio is the absolute champion of screen recording, and it is completely free. Short for Open Broadcaster Software, the main trick here is that this is an open-source product. That means there are no ads and the updates keep on coming, making it more powerful with each iteration. It is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux operating systems.

Besides recording your screen, you can use OBS to stream your gameplay directly to Twitch or YouTube Gaming. By allowing gamers to interact with people all over the world, it is no wonder OBS became the most popular streaming software for gaming.

As soon as you install OBS, it is a simple matter of clicking the Start Recording button to begin capturing your screen. Sponsored by the likes of Twitch, Facebook, and Nvidia, OBS Studio definitely has a great future ahead of it.

FlashBack Express

With FlashBack Express you get a free version of paid software. More straightforward than OBS, it is perfect for anyone who has never used such software. What is great about the free version is that it does not have any time limits for your recordings and there are no watermarks that appear on your video.

With FlashBack Express you can capture either the entire screen, a single window, or any portion of the screen you select. If you have a webcam or any other external camera, it can also record any such input. Depending on your preference, you can save the output files in AVI, WMV, MOV, or MP4 format. This is great because you won’t need any additional software to convert your videos to a file type you prefer.

Apowersoft Free Online Screen Recorder

Unlike OBS Studio and FlashBack Express, Apowersoft’s recorder is not stand-alone software. Instead, you run it directly from a web browser on your computer. It may not be ideal for capturing any gameplay footage, but it is perfect for everything else. Whether you want to record a presentation or a video chat, this web app is perfect at what it does.

If you need to edit the footage you have captured, you can do so by downloading Apowersoft Video Editor. Thanks to its simple interface you won’t feel overwhelmed with tons of options. This will allow you to trim your video with ease and prepare it for export.

Allowing you to set up your own shortcuts, operating the Online Screen Recorder is a piece of cake. Just like the other two recorders, it can capture the entire screen or a portion you select. There are also several presets that automate what part of the screen you want to capture.

Additional FAQ

How do I also record sound effects from the computer as my screencast is recording?

In most screen recording software, capturing the computer audio is set by default. Thanks to this, you will not have to fumble with options to enable audio capture as well.

If you do not want to include computer audio in your recording, there are two ways to do this. Depending on the software you are using, it may have an option to disable the computer sounds while recording. The end result will be a completely silent video. If the software does not provide that option, you will have to edit out the audio from your video. You can do that by using any video editing software you can find.

How can I also record voiceover and match it to my screencast?

To be able to record your voice over a video, you will have to connect a microphone to your computer. If you are recording on your laptop, chances are it already has an integrated microphone. When you start recording with the built-in Windows record, simply press the Unmute microphone button on the small widget. This will record anything you say to your microphone until you stop recording. Of course, if you need, you can mute and unmute the microphone input at any moment while recording. This will not affect the recording itself in any way visually.

How do I target a specific monitor for recording?

If you connect multiple monitors to your computer, it is also possible to choose which one you will record from. Depending on the app you are using, the process may differ slightly. In essence, you will have to go to the list of the video sources your software recognizes and select the specific monitor you want.

If the software does not recognize your second monitor by default, you might need to add it. You do that by adding a new source to your recording software and assigning the monitor you want to capture to that source.

Can I record more than one monitor at once?

Yes, you can. Again, depending on the software you are using, the way you do this can be either automatic or manual. If the process is automatic, you simply need to select which monitors you want to use for capturing.

For the manual setup, you might have to define the recording canvas you want to use. For example, if you want to capture two Full HD monitors side by side, the canvas will need to be double that size in width. In this case, the resolution of the single monitor is 1920×1080 pixels. Therefore, the recording size will have to be two times the width of 1920, which is 3840×1080 pixels.

Capturing Your Screen

Now that you know how to record a screencast in Windows 10, you can delegate this task to either a built-in recorder or a dedicated app. Whether you want to capture a playthrough of your favorite game or record a video call with your friends, doing so will be a breeze now.

Have you managed to record a screencast on your computer? Are you using the built-in Windows recorder or one of the mentioned apps? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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