How to record your screen

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  1. DownloadDownload the screen recorder
  2. Adjust the recording settings
  3. Record the screen
  4. Trim the recording (optional)
  5. Save the video

How to Record the Screen on PC or Mac Using Movavi's Recording Program

Do you want to capture video from the screen to preserve a webinar, a Skype conversation, an online film, or screen activity within a program? There are several ways to record what’s on your screen: you can use a dedicated recording app or the built-in tools in other programs.

If you want a high-quality recording, use Movavi Screen Recorder. This powerful and easy-to-use app lets you record the screen with audio. You can capture any screen activity and create screencasts, tutorials, and more. Learn how to save video from your computer monitor in the instructions below.

  • Step 1. Install Movavi Screen Recorder

    Download the program, launch the setup file, and follow the installation steps on your screen.

  • Step 2. Adjust the Recording Parameters

    Launch the program and click Screen recording. To draw the capture frame, hold down the left mouse button and drag the cursor. Adjust the capture frame by pulling on its edges. If you want to record the screen with audio, click the System Audio icon (make sure it’s highlighted in green). Click the Microphone icon if you want to record your voice as well.

    You can also record the cursor and keyboard actions: to do this, just click the appropriate icons in the sidebar.

  • Step 3. Make a Video of the Screen

    Click REC and wait until the short countdown is over. You can pause or stop the process by clicking the appropriate buttons. Alternatively, you can click F9 to pause or F10 to stop. If you’re a Mac user, press ⌥ ⌘ 1 or ⌥ ⌘ 2 respectively. You can also take snapshots while recording by hitting the camera icon in the sidebar or by using a hotkey – F8 on a Windows or ⌥ ⌘ 3 on a Mac.

  • Step 4. Edit the Recording (Optional)

    After the recording is done, a preview window will appear. Here, you can replay your video and cut out any unnecessary parts. To remove a segment from the middle of your video, place the marker at the beginning of this segment and click Cut, then do the same at the end of the segment. If the unwanted part is at the beginning or end of your recording, you’ll only need to make one cut. After you’ve marked the unnecessary segment, place the marker on it and click Delete fragment.

  • Step 5. Save the Recorded Video

    Once you’re finished editing, click the Save As button. Select the appropriate video format from the list, choose the folder in which to save the file, enter the filename, and click Save.

    If you need to capture a video game or your iOS device screen, go to the following pages for more guidelines:


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

Movavi Screen Recorder

  • Capture video from your computer screen
  • Grab sound from multiple sources
  • Use the simple editing tools to make your recording perfect
  • Save videos in any popular format

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

How to Take a Video of Your Screen for Free Using Screen Recording Apps

There are other ways to record online video and copy the results to your hard drive; you can use a free recorder, such as CamStudio or Icecream Screen Recorder. These programs can capture video from your display, but the number of output formats in these apps is usually quite limited; sometimes you can’t change the format at all. Read the short guide below to learn how to film your screen with these recording apps.

In CamStudio, go to the Region menu and choose the appropriate option: capture the full screen or the selected region. Click the red Record button to start recording. When you’re ready to stop, click the blue Stop button.

In Icecream Screen Recorder, open the Capture video list and choose the area you want to record: the full screen or a custom area. Click Rec to start recording and Stop to finish.

    How to Record Your Computer Screen Using Recording Tools in Other Programs

    You can also use the recording tools built into other programs to record your screen, like Microsoft Office PowerPoint and QuickTime Player. These apps are primarily designed for other tasks, but they also let you capture screen video.

    In PowerPoint, open the Insert tab and select Screen Recording, then click Select Area. Draw the capture frame and click Record. To save the recording, open the File menu and click Save – the recording will be embedded into the slide. Click Save Media As to save your video as a separate file.

    In QuickTime, open the File menu and select New Screen Recording, then click the Record button. Click Stop to stop recording. You can trim your video, but no additional editing options are available. To save the changes, go to the File menu and click Save As.

    *For this article, we used Movavi Screen Recorder 11, CamStudio 2, Icecream Screen Recorder 5, Microsoft PowerPoint 2017, and QuickTime 7.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      You can record your PC or Mac screen with Movavi Screen Recorder.

      First, install and launch the program. Then adjust the recording settings for your microphone, webcam, and system audio. Record your screen, edit the output video (if necessary), and share it with friends or colleagues.

      For detailed instructions, please read the appropriate guide below.

      Learn more about using the Movavi video grabber

      Learn more about screen capturing on a Mac

      iPhones running iOS 11 and higher have a built-in screen capturing tool. Here’s how to record your phone’s screen.

      1. First, open the phone Settings, tap Control Center, then Customize Controls. To add the screen capturing tool to the Control Center, tap the Plus sign near the Screen Recording widget.
      2. Quit Settings and swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen to open the Control Center. To start capturing the screen, just tap the Screen Recording button. The process will begin after a countdown, and you will see a timer appear at the top of the screen.
      3. To stop recording, open the Control Center and tap the Screen Recording button again. You will find the recording in your iPhone’s Photos.

      You can record the screen of any PC running Windows 10 with Movavi Screen Recorder. For detailed instructions, please read the complete guide below.

      Learn more about screen recording on Windows 10