How to record your computer screen on Windows 8
Do you have friends or relatives who’ve just acquired Windows 8 and are struggling to learn how to use the new user interface? The best way to help them out is to create video tutorials instead of spending hours trying to explain things.
The software not only lets you record anything that happens on your laptop screen, but you can also edit captured video to create sophisticated user tutorials. The following five easy steps will guide you through the process.
Step 1: Download and Install Movavi Screen Recording Software
First, download and run the installation file for Movavi's screen recorder for Windows 8. Note that, when you launch the setup program, your PC switches to desktop mode. The installation process should only take a couple of minutes – just follow the onscreen instructions. After the installation is complete, the program opens automatically (unless you unchecked the corresponding check box in the Setup window).
Step 2: Adjust the Capture Settings
Adjust the capturing frame manually, or select the appropriate size preset from the Select Capture Area list. Now select the required audio device: you can record sound from your microphone (or another input device), or speakers, or from both input and output audio devices simultaneously. Simply check the icon for the required sound source.
Also, a good way to make your screencast more informative is to highlight the mouse cursor and capture keyboard actions by clicking the corresponding icons (when the device icon is yellow, this indicates that its action capture is turned on).
Step 3: Record Your Screen Activity
Now you are ready to record the desktop. Click the REC button or press F10 on your keyboard, and the program will start capturing everything on your screen within a few seconds. Press the Windows key to quickly switch to the Start screen, if you need to.
After you’ve captured everything you need, press the F10 key to stop recording. Your PC will switch back to desktop mode. A preview window opens automatically, where you can choose what you want to do with your screen recording: save the video on your computer, share it online, or continue working on it using the built-in video editor.
Step 4 (Optional): Edit Your Video
Click the Edit button in the preview window to add the video you’ve recorded to the Movavi Video Editor program. The video will be automatically added to the working area, so you can edit it the way you want: trim, split into segments, insert transitions between segments, add music and titles, apply special effects, and more.
When you’ve finished editing, click the Export button and choose what you would like to do with the finished video: save it on your PC, prepare it for uploading to a mobile device, or share it online.
Step 5: Save the Video
If you don’t need to edit the screen captures, you can skip Step 4 and save the video or share it online as soon as you’ve finished recording. Just choose the desired preset from the list at the bottom of the preview window and click Save. The Movavi screen recording software for Windows 8 offers ready-made presets for the most popular mobile devices and web sites, so you can be sure your file is saved with the optimal parameters for watching on a device or uploading to the web.
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Disclaimer: Please be aware that Movavi Screen Capture Studio does not allow the capture of copy-protected video and audio.
Movavi Screen Capture Studio
- Capture screencasts, online video
- Create videoguides with captions
- Record microphone or speakers audio
- Record webcam video
- Add special effects and filters
- Upload recordings online
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