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How to use Video Recorder tool in Screen Recorder app

Support Updated on Dec 16, 2022 6:01 PM

Tip: If you're running a Mac and want to use Video Recorder tool to capture screen, see here.

Before you actually start capturing screen with Video Recorder tool built in Screen Recorder, you'll want to download the software by clicking the links below. Follow the onscreen wizard to install it to your either PC or Mac as you would any other application.

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Basic Steps

  • Launch the app and select Video Recorder.
  • Select your recording area, and select what audio you want to be included
  • Press Rec button to start recording your screen.
  • Press Stop button.
  • Save the recording to your computer.

Step 1: Run the app and select Video Recorder

When you first open Screen Recorder, you'll be greeted with an easy-to-understand interface as shown below. It provides you with 3 big options (video, audio, game) you might frequently use to start recording. There're several other options you can take to record webcam, phone, window, on the right side.

To capture your screen and any activity on your desktop, select the first Video Recorder. You will get into the next screen, see image below:

Step 2: Select what you'd like to record

In this part, you're going to choose how you want to record your screen, including recording area, microphone audio, system audio, and a webcam.

Select the video recording area.

Complete one of the following to select the area to capture:

1. To record the whole screen, simply click Full option, and go to the next step.

2. Or, click the Custom option, and click Select Region/Window in the drop-down menu to choose a specific area you want to capture.

At this point, the red crosshair appears. Simply click and drag on the screen to select the area you'll record footage. You can adjust the size of recording frame by dragging the corners or sides of the frame.

The application also includes a window snip feature, which lets you quickly select and refine the part of your screen that you want to capture. All you need to do is hover your mouse over the region, window, or dialog box and it'll be highlighted. Click once and the recording area is automatically selected.

3. There're a list of preset sizes built in Custom drop-down menu to choose from:

  • 1920 x 1080 (1080p) - highly recommended for YouTube
  • 1280 x 720 (720p) - ideal for most social media websites
  • 854 x 480 (480p) - great for easy sharing and instant communication
  • 1024 x 768

Select a preset in the list to activate it, and then click within the highlighted area and drag the selection to the desired location on the screen.

4. You can also enter the custom dimensions in pixels into the Width and Height fields, under Full option. At this time, a fixed recording box will open along with a dashed line around your screen. Move it to the desired location on the screen to select recording area.

Select either your computer sound or microphone, or both.

You will also want to record a screen that includes an audio track from either Windows sound (sounds from applications and websites) or microphone, or both.

To do so, toggle the switch beside System Sound or/and Microphone to ON position. The software lets you change the sound volume by simply moving the volume slider left or right on the screen. There are also some settings you can tweak before recording. See Audio Settings.

Select Webcam (optional)

In addition, the software allows you to create picture-in-picture video by recording your screen and face through a webcam at the same time.

To do this, toggle the switch near Webcam to ON position and a live video of camera window opens. You can then drag and resize the webcam frame within the recording area by selecting the webcam frame. It's advisable to do a camera test before recording.

Tip: Make sure your computer or laptop has a built-in camera, or you have connected a web cam to your machine.

If you have more than one cameras attached in the computer, you can click the down arrow next to the icon to select the desired one and configure your camera settings. See Camera Settings.

Step 3: Start recording the screen

Once you have everything set up and ready to go, click on the red Rec button (or use Ctrl+Alt+R hotkey) on the right side of the program window to start recording.  It will start recording your screen after a 3-2-1 countdown.

A float bar will appear under the recording frame on the screen with controls for temporarily pausing recording, stopping recording, taking snapshots, setting schedule plan, adding annotations during the recording, and adjusting some other recording settings. See Float Bar Controls.

One nice thing about using this software is that, if necessary, you can add annotation and draw highlight while recording your screen activities: texts, images, shapes, arrows, and callouts are all available. To highlight important information as you record, click the Toolbox icon on the right side of the float bar and select the desired drawing tool.

Step 4: Stop recording

When you are finished recording your video of the screen, click the Stop button (the red square icon) to end the recording.

Step 5: Preview, edit, and save the recording

Your captured video of screen will open up in the software. From there, you can take a preview, edit the video, and take screenshots.

If you're happy with the result and don't want to do more things, just hit the Done button in the lower right corner to save it to your computer.

You can also go through all these steps.


To view how your recording looks like, click the Play icon located in the bottom left corner.

Screenshots (optional)

You can take screenshots on your recording to save the images you want by selecting the Camera icon on the bottom right side.

Edit the video (optional)

The software comes with a basic trimming tool on the screen to help you trim the beginning and end of your video. You can do this using 3 ways:

  • Click the Set Start option on the trimming bar, then slide the beginning to the correct location in preview bar. The same goes for Set End.
  • Enter the accurate time in the beginning and end field.
  • Use the down or up arrow to fine-tune the beginning and end time.

You can also click the Advanced Trimmer button near the Set End to have a further editing on the video.

The advanced trimmer tool comes with options to split the video, merge multiple segments into a single one, fade in or out while playing, adjust output settings (resolution, formats, fps, codec, etc.) in the Output field, and rename the video.

Save the recording

If the recording is acceptable, click the Done button in the bottom right corner. The software will save it to the default location automatically on your computer and open the Recording history window. You can choose to view, rename, open the folder, share or delete the recordings as you want.

By default, the recorded video will be output in MP4 (H.264 + AAC) format.

Tip: Alternatively, you can click the Recording History option located in the lower left corner of the program main screen to see your recordings history.


The Screen Recorder application gives you various of settings that can be tweaked for recording.

See recording settings.

Also, you're able to tweak screen recorder preferences, including Recording, Output, Sound, Camera, Mouse and Keystroke, Hotkeys and more.

See Screen Recorder Preferences.

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