How to screen record on Windows 10?

How to screen record on Windows 10?

Desktop recording on Windows 10 can be achieved in many ways. We will go through some of the easiest and most popular applications and we will also include both free and paid options to cover all your needs.


Windows Game Bar - free


Screen recording using the Windows Game Bar

This is by far one of the easiest solutions to record apps in Windows 10. It is important to note that the game bar is part of the Microsoft Xbox app and that you will have to be logged in with a Microsoft account in order to use it. 

You also need to consider the fact that you can only record Applications and Games without the option to actually record the desktop and it's cursor. At the same time while you have some options like framerate, audio bitrate and video quality there isn't much else.

If you meet all the requirements and you are fine without the option of recording the entire desktop all you have to do is press the Windows + G keys on your keyboard and press the record button. Be careful that in case you opened the Gamebar the first time for an app it will ask you if it is a game, just press yes. 

After finishing recording a notification will show up telling you where the video is stored, you can also click on it to playback the recording but you will be taken in the Xbox app.


NVidia or AMD recording tools - free


GeForce Experience recording menu

If your computer has an Nvidia or AMD graphics card you might have an alternative already installed. For NVIDIA you need the GeForce Experience app installed and you need to have the "In-Game Overlay" panel turned on together with the "Desktop capture" which can be found under "Privacy control" in the app, this will allow you to capture your desktop too. To use it press the Ctrl+Shift+F12 keyboard shortcut.

The AMD Radeon Settings app also has this option, it is called ReLive and needs to be enabled together with the "Record Desktop" option. To record use the Ctrl+Shift+R keyboard shortcut.




CamStudio recording interface

According to their website CamStudio records all activity on the desktop including audio and mouse cursor. The software saves the videos in AVI format but can transcode files to SWF. 

They say CamStudio can be learned in a couple of minutes and among others it includes custom cursors, all screen or partial screen recording and different video quality settings.


Icecream Screen Recorder


Icecream Screen recorder main menu

Some of the most useful features of this recorder are the ability to select the entire desktop or only parts of it, zooming in and out of a section, video quality selection, a project history that offers quick access to your project files and the one that we like the most: around mouse screen recording. 

Around mouse screen recording enables you to select a size for an area around the cursor which will be recorded as you move your mouse.

The only downside is that in the free version only WebM is available as a file format.


DVD Video Soft


DVD Video Soft main menu

This program records video in mp4 format and offers basic features that keep it simple to use while functional. It can do things like capture anything on the screen, including windows, objects, menus, full screen and rectangular regions and can record sound from the microphone too.


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