As you probably are aware, it is possible to record videos directly from your PC screen – and that is commonly known as screen recording or screencasting. However, if you’ve tried to record videos from your PC screen in the past, you may not have been satisfied with their quality.
The good news is that it isn’t too hard to start recording better quality videos from your PC screen if you know how. That being said, you may need a more capable screen recorder than the built-in Windows 10 recorder available on the game bar.
If you’d like to ensure you’re able to capture high quality screen recordings, follow these tips:
Increase the recording framerate
The most important setting when recording your screen is the framerate. To put it simply, the more frames per second that are in your video, the smoother and more fluid any movement will appear – including your mouse cursor and other activities taking place on your screen.
While a frame rate of 30 is acceptable, if you want your video quality to be excellent, you should bump it up to 60 frames per second. The video file size will be larger, but it will be worth every byte.
Record in 1080p or at least use a 16:9 aspect ratio
Nowadays, 1080p is the widely accepted standard for high quality videos, and you should certainly record at that resolution if possible. Unfortunately, if your display is 1080p and you only want to record part of it, the resolution will be less than 1080p.
While recording at lower resolutions isn’t ideal, at the very least, you should ensure that the aspect ratio that you record in is 16:9. That way, you won’t end up with black bars surrounding your video if you watch it full-screen or upload it online.
Remove clutter from the recorded area.
Often there may be nothing technically wrong with the quality of the screen recording itself, but because the screen is cluttered, it makes it look like an amateur production. To avoid that, you should try to remove any unnecessary items from the area that is being recorded, including icons, open program windows, and so on.
In fact, it would be a good habit to close any programs that aren’t in use before you start recording so that you free up system resources and ensure your PC doesn’t lag.
As you can see, none of these tips are particularly complicated, but you will need a certain degree of control over your screen recording to use them.
After you have recorded your video, just remember to export it using the right format and settings. That will ensure that your video looks perfect and its quality is uncompromised when it is eventually viewed – by yourself or anyone else.