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How to Record Screen of a Windows PC

Registering your PC screen is easier than it looks. The problem is that many times we do not use the correct software or we do not take into account the characteristics of our computer.

The screen recorder is becoming very popular among users, especially for entrepreneurs, educators, players, etc. Instead of recording a basic video, you can now create demos with product features, tutorials, and numerous gameplay.

But not all programs to record the PC screen are adequate.

So, to help you better understand the characteristics of the different screencast tools, here we’ll show you a list of different free tools that are highly appreciated by users.

In particular, we show you how to capture the screen of your computer using OBS Studio, a free program ideal for youtuber and streamer of games like Fortnite.

Programs to record the computer screen

There are many programs to record the computer screen. Some may serve you more than others depending on your needs, but all perform the same function.

The difference between these software makes its features since some allow you to record audio, streaming, insert video filters, etc.

In general, we believe that OBS is still the best ever, but we will also provide you with some alternatives that you can try for free.

Bandicam: another software recognized to capture the PC screen in excellent quality. It allows you to record external devices such as webcams, Xbox / PlayStation, smartphone, IPTV, etc. It is also widely used in gameplay recording as it allows you to record several 2D / 3D games with 4K UHD video and capture video up to 144 FPS. Among its main features is to draw in real time, add logo to the video, mouse effects, etc.

Movavi: an excellent tool for recording tutorials, seminars, and interviews. It’s simple and easy to use, so it’s recommended for beginners. You can download it for free, but also offer a paid version with more professional features.

Use the applications integrated in the operating system: in case you do not want to download any program, you can choose to use some applications that are usually found on the PC.

  • For example, for Windows, you can use VLC Media Player, which is an essential multimedia player for many people and that we recommend downloading. To record with it, you need to go to the Media tab, then Capture device. After this, a window will open with options to start recording.
  • If you use Mac you can use Quicktime Player, a player that is already installed by default and offers the possibility to record the screen. You just have to open it, select File and then New Registration. It will open a small recording panel where you can configure the options to your liking and start capturing the screen.

Register the PC screen with OBS Studio

Open Broadcaster is a totally free video recording and transmission software. It is currently one of the most used by Youtuber and Streamer thanks to all the features it offers. It is optimally optimized for all types of activities and you can even use it to capture sounds.

Thanks to this very light and easy to configure the program, we will record the screen of our computer in a few seconds.

Another important aspect that should be noted about this software is that it is available for all operating systems, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Mac and Linux. Something that not all registration programs offer.

To download OBS Studio, go to its official website and download the installer. Once installed on your PC, simply install it following the basic steps of the wizard.

OBS Studio settings

We will now guide you to learn how to properly configure the OBS program on your computer. Once opened, the first thing to do is go to the Settings tab located at the bottom right.

Then go to the Video tab and select the resolution you want to record.

Here it is preferable that you select the resolution of your screen if it is HD> 1280 × 720 and if it is Full HD> 1920 × 180, choosing the values in the drop down, as you can see in the image.

To continue, you will go to the Output tab where we will make the most important settings. Select the simple output mode, then click the box below called “Recording”.

In Registration Path, you can choose where to save your video once it is complete.

Upon registration, you can insert large files, high quality so that they are of excellent quality. If you have a low-end PC, we recommend that you choose the average file size of high quality, so you do not have problems with the lag.

The registration format must undoubtedly be mp4.

Finally, in Encoder select Hardware (NVENC) if you have a high-performance video card. If it’s not your case, then with Software (x264) it will be fine.

Now that the configuration is finished, click Apply to save the changes.

To start recording, we must make sure that we have chosen to acquire the source screen. Otherwise, we must add it.

We do this in the “Sources” tab at the bottom. Click the + button and select screenshots. There are other sources you can use to record audio, add images and text.

The Mixer section will be used to control everything related to audio, whether it’s the inside of the desktop or the microphone.

If you have correctly performed all the steps, you should see a preview of what you have on the screen and you can start capturing everything using the “Start recording” button.

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