How to Record Your Screen on Windows! (Screen Capture Windows Tutorial)

How to Record Your Screen on Windows! (Screen Capture Windows Tutorial)

– In this video, we’re gonna cover step by step, how you
can record the screen of your Windows PC for YouTube
or for tutorial videos. Hi, it’s Justin Brown
here from Primal Video. We release a ton of
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button and all the links that we mentioned in this video, you can find linked in
the description below. So let’s jump into it. Now, screen captures are a great way to really step your audience
through a process on screen, teach them how to use an app or software, record presentations with slides or even capture B roll of products
or websites for your videos. In fact, screen captures
are one of the easiest ways to create B roll, so
if you’re not using them, then you definitely should be. In this video, we’ll be covering exactly how you can capture your
screen on a Windows PC with a range of options,
both free and paid. The paid options do have some advantages, so we’ll cover our pick
first and then follow up with a run through of
the best free options that were found, to get you started. So in regards to the paid
options for screen capture on Windows, there’s
really four solid options. The first one is, We Video. Now, We Video has plans for
$4.99 and $7.99 per month, but what it lets you do is,
it runs the whole process, the whole application is run
through your web browser, so there’s no need to download
and install any software, also means that you can use
this on low end computers, things like Chromebox as well. So when you’re screen
capturing in We Video, you get the option to either
record your entire screen or draw out a section of your screen. Now, that’s pretty common with
most screen capture software, where We Video really stands out, is that it’s an online
cloud-based editing solution. So because it’s all run
through your browser, it makes it really easy to collaborate on your video editing
with other team members or other people anywhere in the world. We have done a video on
We Video, I’ll link it up in the cards now, so
make sure you check it out. But, We Video is a solid
option for screen capturing because once you’ve
done the screen capture, you’ve then got We Video as the editor, to be able to edit that down and to really add a heap of effects
and titles and things to it to make your screen
captures look really good. But also the fact that it is an online cloud-based editing platform, meaning that you can get other team
members from anywhere around the world to
help you edit that down. Option number two for
screen capture on Windows is Bandicam, now this is
one that’s come through pretty high rated and there’s some really cool features in here as well. This one is a popular one with gamers, its got a heap of screen
recording features specifically for gaming,
like bringing up your frames per second on screen, allowing you to have a picture in
picture from your webcam, so that you can have
your cell phone screen while you’re recording your
game or recording your screen, so there’s some pretty cool
features like that in there. There is a free version
of this available as well, but the screen recording
is limited to 10 minutes and it has a watermark on it, so $39 is the one that we’re talking about here, no watermark, unlimited record time, you’ve got some pretty cool features like, as I’ve just said, being
able to record your webcam and bring it as a picture in picture, so you can show both on screen. You can also do annotations
and draw out things on your screen recording
at the time of recording, so there’s no post production in Bandicam. Meaning that it’s not editing software, so once you’ve finished your recording, you’re left with a video file, so anything that you do, all the tools for annotations and things,
are there for while you’re recording live, once you’re done, if you wanna make any further changes, you will need video editing software. Option number three is, Snagit,
now Snagit is an awesome screen capturing and
screen recording tool, not just for video but for
still images of your screen, it’s got some really
cool features in there and it’s actually probably
one of the leaders when it comes to screen
capturing on Windows. Now just like Bandicam, you do have the ability to record your webcam as well, simultaneously, so that
you can do some basic editing and switch between your webcam and your screen recording while you’re creating these videos. There is some really basic
editing built into Snagit, more so around the annotations and arrows and text and things that you
can overlay on your videos to help your viewers follow along with what it is that you’re showing them. Now if you are looking to edit
your screen recordings down after capturing them, then you’re probably better off looking at either standalone video editing software or
look at Snagit’s big brother which is our option number four, Camtasia. Now Camtasia’s a big step
up price wise from Snagit. Now Snagit was 49.95 USD,
Camtasia sells for 199 USD, but both Snagit and
Camtasia are cross platform, meaning you can install
them on both Mac and Windows and if you’re working
with different people or across different computers, you can share your projects and they’ll both open and work the same on both. But where Camtasia really stands out is that it’s a complete
end to end solution on Windows for screen
recording and editing. So not just annotations, it’s also actually editing the video files down, editing your webcam footage
in with your screen captures and having the ability to
bring one up fullscreen, move it around to a
picture in picture effect, to really add titles and
create professional videos, Camtasia is really the go
to, end to end solution for a lot of businesses
out there for creating professional screen captures
and professional videos. Now in regards to the
actual screen recording, if you’re comparing Snagit to Camtasia, there is a lot of similarities, I mean essentially, one’s
just a cut down version of the other, but really
the main differences come in when you’re looking at
simultaneously recording your webcam or external
microphones and external audio as well, that’s where Camtasia is the much more professional solution. If I’m looking for one
program that does everything and I don’t need to export and reimport into different programs
and do other editing there, Camtasia’s really the no brainer here and at the $199 price
point, it is actually a very solid video editing application regardless of the screen capture or not, it does have color
correction, it does have motion graphics and motion titles, it’s a solid solution for a
$199 and that would be my pick. So those are the paid options, now let’s take a look at a free option. Now you can also get really
good results in this option, but you won’t have any
editing capabilities, so if you’re already using
other editing software to edit your videos and that’s not gonna be a deal breaker for you. Through my opinion, the best
free screen recording software you can get on Windows, is OBS
Studio and it is 100% free. Now typically, OBS or
Open Broadcast Software is live streaming
software, but it also has screen recording capabilities built in. It’s also a really popular
option for screen recording on Windows because it
really doesn’t put your computer system under a heap of load, so it’s a low CPU and low GPU
usage while you’re recording. So a lot of people use
it for recording games, a lot of people use it for recording their live streams as well. But it’s definitely not the
easiest program out there to use, you will get a heap of
options and advanced options around the different sizes,
resolutions, bit rates and codecs that you can do
your screen recordings in and it will let you
either draw out a section of your screen or record the fullscreen and it will also let you bring in webcams and position your webcam as a picture in picture as well. But once again, you won’t
get that control afterwards in your editing to resize that webcam, it’s all baked in,
whatever you’re recording at the time of recording, is what your end file is going to be. So in summary, there
are four paid solutions that are worth considering,
the first is We Video, which is a cheap option,
that will allow you to store your screen recordings and edit them collaboratively with other team members. You’ve got Bandicam, which
is a bit more expensive but gives you a heap more options around your screen recordings. You’ve then got Snagit,
just a little bit more again at $49.99, which gives
you a whole suite of tools for your screen recording and
for your screen capturing. But it still doesn’t have all
your full editing capabilities or you’ve got the complete
end to end solution, Camtasia at $199 and you’ve also then got the the free option of OBS Studio, which once again, has no
editing capabilities built in. So what’s my recommendation for you? Or what I’d suggest is that you grab the trial versions
and give each of these a go and see which one works best for you, for your workflow and
for the types of videos you’re going to be creating. The only real complete
end to end solution here, is Camtasia, so if you’re looking for one application to do
all your screen recording and all your editing start to finish, then it’s a no brainer, Camtasia
is the software for you. If you’ve already got editing software, then that’s where you can look at Snagit, you can also look at Bandicam, you can also look at OBS as well. Or if you’re looking to edit
your videos collaboratively and edit them remotely
and with team members anywhere in the world, then We Video will be the one for you. Now if you’re shooting
video with your iPhone or your Android smartphone, then we’ve put together a video that
runs through the step by step process that will make a huge difference in your results vast. Check out the two videos
linked on screen now, and I’ll see you soon.

100 thoughts to “How to Record Your Screen on Windows! (Screen Capture Windows Tutorial)”

  1. Thanks for the vid Justin. I just discovered your channel and subscribed. I have a question… you know of a screen capture application that allows me to enter the start and stop time? That way, I do not need to be sitting in front of my laptop while recording. There have been several free webinars that I would have liked to record so I could view them later when I'm available. thanks

  2. Nice video! Very entertaining and educational at the same time. I like your video because it is helpful for someone who loves taking videos of a computer screen. I also love doing that thing. I record my screen for making tutorials for my students so that it will be easy for me and for them to share and learn our lesson. I use Acethinker Free Screen Recorder Online for months now and it's working well. It is very convenient to use. I hope next time you also include it on your list. Thank you!

  3. which software can replicate this type of screen capturing …

  4. GiliSoft Screen Recorder Pro combines screen recording and video editing fucntions. It is a powerful yet simple screen recorder program which allows you to capture desktop activities and create video tutorials, demonstrations and presentations without any programming skills.

  5. Great video. BUT…VLC Player is easier and free. Because it has 75+ million downloads, lots of people have it already and it's a great general media player.

  6. OBS is shit and does not record other than a fucking black screen which wastes your 10 hours of watching every shit "solution" video ever

  7. great tips thanks! I used to own Camtasia…almost 10 years ago… i assume my license expired. How about Green screen? doe sit do that editing?

  8. Great review and recommendation of the free and fee-based options. (Despite its title, this video is not a tutorial…follow the links for the actual tutorials.)

  9. Screen Elf is good option for windows if you want live streaming and recording plus seamless integration with ms office products

  10. the problem for me is when i press g and windows it brings up video but when recording roblox studio it shows no screen gui

  11. So u recommend the most expensive one out of all of them? Hmmm. Anyone else smell corporate sponsorship?

  12. OBS doesn't work. Tried everything, but the "black screen" problem persists. Reset the graphics, run in compatibility mode, tried "turning it off and back on again" – nothing. Weird. Win 10, 64. Any suggestions?

  13. Thanks for you video. I got Pinnacle Studio, which also has screencapture, so I am happy to see that I actually don't need anything more. Pinnacle Studio is somewhere in the middle in price at about 80, so..

  14. it does not work good if you are recording a tutorial in Photoshop though. Once you open a plugin, it won't show on the screen…just mouse curse moving around is visible but not the actual view of plugin such as Google Nik Collection plugin.

  15. 6:12 "You can get on all windows is OBC studios" Why windows 7 can't? ( or something is wrong with my computer )

  16. Also, Power Point in Office has screen recording capabilities.

    Please no questions about versions, it should always work in office 365.

  17. Mr. Brown I want software for screen recording. during your screen recording with arrow for show my tutorial tab. Can you suggest which one better not expensive please. I'm new youtuber.

  18. obs wouldnt let me change file on it to load it onto instagram. its frustrating to keep downloading file converters to get it to work and its not, trying snagit right now

  19. Wow, just for the record – I am ZERO technically inclined, but just wanted to record my screen for MYOB to show them how painfully slow the upgrade they just sold me is, compared to my reliable and very fast 'old' system. So I downloaded OBS Studio, followed the simple instructions, and have recorded the video, converted it to mp4 and emailed it. All in under 10 minutes. OBS Studio ROCKS if all you want to do is record your screen and voice!!!! Thanks Justin for directing me to this superquick solution!!

  20. OBS studio + a $60-$70 (Corel, Magix, Vegas) video editor will more than match Camtasia's video editing features. Or better yet, give the free versions of Lightworks or DaVinci Resolve a try.
    Can't assign recording a specific program in Camtasia
    OBS studio is much better at handling and switching between multiple video sources. For streaming it is the best of the two hands down.
    So you can still record a screen for a tutorial, but you get more features for live Broadcasting with OBS studio.
    Seems like a pretty simple choice.

  21. but I actually have a problem using obs. it wont record my X plane 11 game and it won't expand the view but it definitely shows up in the OBS sreen recorder I mean everything in action but when I click on start recording it won't

  22. Thank you for the video! Downloaded bandicam free version, because I needed to make a couple seconds video, it so not worth it, the installation was easy – this is plus, but while using this app, you can not see your mouse not on video and not inside the bandicam window itself, and also hotkeys are not working on Lenovo laptop. So stupid… Maybe, can be useful for the phone or tablet.

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