How to Record Your Desktop

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  1. DownloadInstall the desktop video recorder
  2. Specify the recording settings
  3. Record the video
  4. Edit the recording
  5. Convert your video and save the file

How to Capture Screen with the Desktop Recorder

There are many reasons you may need to create desktop screencasts: a software bug report, a demo, a video tutorial for clients, friends, or parents who need help working with their computers. Read the guide below to learn about three different approaches to how to record your desktop and choose the one that best suits your needs.

One of the best ways to capture desktop video is to use Movavi Screen Recorder Studio. This desktop recorder is designed for recording screen activities, complete with sound and voiceover, as well as editing recordings and saving them in different file formats. Try our desktop video capture tool and start recording desktop video right now!

Step 1.Install Movavi’s Desktop Video Recorder

DownloadDownload Movavi Screen Recorder Studio, save the installation file to your hard drive, then run it and follow the instructions to install the program on your PC or Mac.

Step 2.Set the Recording Parameters

To start recording your screen activities, launch Screen Recorder Studio and select Record Screen in the main window. Position the capture frame over the part of your screen you want to record. You can resize and move the frame, if you wish. You can record full screen or any smaller area of the screen.

The program also enables you to capture input or output sound devices, or both simultaneously. Just make sure the required audio device is highlighted in green to indicate it is active. Move the adjacent sliders up or down to change the volume of any of the audio sources.

You can make your video more informative by showing the mouse cursor and keyboard actions: to set this up, open the Effects menu and select the appropriate options. For Mac users, the menu bar is located at the top of your screen.

Step 3.Capture Video from Your Desktop

Click REC to start capturing the software you’re working with. Click Stop to finish the recording. You can also use hotkeys: in Windows, hit F9 to pause and F10 to stop the capturing process. Mac users should press ⌥ ⌘ 1 and ⌥ ⌘ 2 respectively. You can also use the control panel above the recording frame to control the process, as well as take snapshots during recording and view the current duration and size of the video file.

Step 4.Edit the Recordings

After the desktop audio/video recorder stops recording, you’ll see a preview window where you can either save the resulting video in a different format or open it in the built-in Video Editor for further tweaking. Choose Open in Editor to work on your raw footage and make your software video tutorial or demo presentation look truly professional.

Step 5.Convert Video (Optional)

You can save your footage in any of the many supported media formats, including AVI, FLV, 3GP, MKV, and MP4, or convert it for playback on your mobile device. To open the export dialog, select Save As in the screen recorder preview window or click the Export button in the Video Editor. Here, you can select the target format or mobile device. Screen Recorder Studio supports Apple iPod, iPhone, and iPad, PSP, Nokia cellphones, Android based smartphones, and many other devices.


Disclaimer: Please be aware that Movavi Screen Recorder Studio does not allow capture of copy-protected video and audio streams.

Movavi Screen Recorder Studio

  • Capture video from your computer screen
  • Grab sound from multiple sources
  • Tweak videos with the built-in editor
  • Save videos in any popular format

Disclaimer: Please be aware that Movavi Screen Recorder Studio does not allow capture of copy-protected video and audio streams.

How to Capture Your Screen with a Free Desktop Recorder

The next option is to capture your computer screen using a free desktop recorder, such as Ezvid. This program lets you record games as well as other screen activities, and also provides a set of basic video editing tools.

Step 1.Download and Install the Program

Download the installation file from the official website and install the software following the onscreen instructions. After the installation process is complete, run the screen recorder.

Step 2.Start Recording the Screen

Click the Capture Screen button, and then hit Start Capture Now in the window that opens. You can also adjust the recording settings in the same window by clicking the Use Advanced Settings button – select capture area, enable or disable the microphone and headset, and more. The recording will start in three seconds.

Step 3.Edit the Video

After you finish recording, click the Stop button on the small bar located in the lower left of the screen. It will open the program window with the recorded video added on the timeline. You can add a title, music, and watermark to the recorded video.

Step 4.Save the Recording

Click the Save Video button to start exporting. Your video will be saved in the following folder by default: C:\Users\%user_name%\My Documents\ezvid\projects. Unfortunately, you cannot change this output folder or the video format – the program lets you save the video only in WMV format.

How to Record Desktop Online Using a Browser Extension

The third option is to record a desktop online using a browser extension. If you use the Chrome browser, we suggest you try Screencastify. This recording tool provides basic options for screen capturing.

Step 1.Install the Extension

To add the extension to your browser, open the Chrome Web Store. Find the Screencastify extension in the store, then click the Add to Chrome button in the top right part of the browser window.

Step 2.Specify the Settings

After you add the program to your browser, click the extension icon in the top right part of the browser window. Then sign in your Google account and set the permissions to start using the screen recorder.

Step 3.Capture Your Screen

To start recording, click the extension icon in the top right corner of the browser window and select the capture area – browser tab, desktop or webcam. If you want to capture the desktop, click the Desktop button, and then Record.

Note that the maximum length for the recording is 10 minutes, and you can only record a maximum of 50 videos a month without buying a subscription.

Step 4.Save the Recording

To stop the capture, click the extension icon, and then Stop. This will open a new tab with the recorded video. In this tab, you can download the recording to your computer as a WebM file or save it to your Google Drive. To remove the Screencastify watermark, edit the recording, or save it as an MP4 file, you have to purchase a subscription.

If you’re looking for desktop recording software, we recommend you try Movavi Screen Recorder Studio. The program enables you to record any type of screen activity: video chats, web cam, or online streams. Besides screen recording, the program also lets you edit captured videos – trim recordings and cut out unwanted parts, add filters and transitions, and much more!

Screen Recorder Studio

More than a screen recorder: capture and edit videos like a pro!