How To Record Your Screen on a Mac or PC
Twitch is the largest streaming platform available. It has more than eight million active users.
That’s a lot of people that enjoy watching other people play video games. But it’s also a lot of people who are doing something interesting and recording their computer screen while doing it.
Streaming is just one example of screen recording. There are countless other instances where it’s helpful to know how to record a screen, whether it be for work, school, or hobbies.
Wondering how to record your screen on Mac, so that you can easily create content or share information with others? With the right tools, it’s super easy to do.
Keep reading below to learn how to record your screen today.
PC Screen Recording
Windows 10 has a feature built into it called Xbox Game Bar. Now, its intended use is recording the screen when playing video games on your device. And it serves that purpose well.
But it’s not limited to just gaming. You can use Game Bar to capture screen activity while using any application on your device.
You’ll first need to visit your Settings menu, then Gaming, then Xbox Game Bar. Here you can enable the Game Bar functionality. You can set a keyboard shortcut so that you can open the Game Bar quickly whenever you need it.
When you open the app up, it will display a few different menus across the screen. You can select to record a video or take a screenshot. You can decide if you want to record audio or not. And you can make a few other customizations.
You’ll have to choose which app you would like to record, such as your internet browser or another piece of software. The Game Bar cannot record anything and everything. You can’t record your desktop or File Explorer.
So you also can’t jump between various apps. You need to record just one app at a time, which limits the functionality, depending on what you’re trying to accomplish.
Once you start recording, your widgets will all disappear except the small control bar. This is what will let you stop recording when you’re ready. And you can move it around your screen so it’s never in the way.
How to Record Your Screen on Mac
Mac also has built-in features to help with free screen recording. It offers both a screenshot option and a video recording option.
You can navigate to the screen-capture tool manually. Or you can press Shift + Command + 5 to open it up at any time.
You’ll see a menu pop up at the bottom. And you’ll get to choose how much of your screen you’d like to record.
With the menu, you can choose where you’d like to save your video. You can choose to record audio or not, and you can set a countdown timer to start the recording.
The Mac screen capture tool is a bit more flexible. You can use it to record anything that is happening on your screen. That includes activity on your desktop or anything happening in your various apps.
When you start recording, just hit the stop button in the top-right menu on your Mac. The video will be saved automatically to the chosen location, or to the desktop if you haven’t selected another option.
The only problem with this tool is that recording videos takes up space on your device. And sharing it with someone means sending them a video file that they need to download.
Looking for something with a bit more pizazz? Tape is a screen recording app that gives you full control over the videos that you create.
It offers asynchronous screen sharing that allows you to quickly create videos with or without a webcam feed. Oftentimes, it’s much more efficient to create and send a short video rather than hopping on yet another conference call.
You can create standard MP4 videos or you can easily create looping GIF files that drive a particular point home. You can add a voiceover, or record yourself with a webcam while recording your screen.
And the best part? You don’t have to store the final video files on your computer. You can keep them online with your Tape dashboard. This makes it much easier to share videos with others.
Rather than trying to send a bulky video file in an email, you can just copy and paste the link to your video and send that, making it easier for everyone.
You can access Tape, and countless other useful apps, by subscribing to Setapp. This one subscription provides dozens of tools for just $10 a month. It’s a killer deal and each individual tool is worth the money.
Looking for another option that gives you total control over the screen recording process? Rather than an app you download on your computer, Loom is a browser extension you can install on the Chrome browser.
You can get started for free right away. After you record your video, it’s uploaded to the Loom website where it gets its own unique URL.
In just a few seconds, that URL will be ready to share with coworkers, friends, or anyone you need to share this content with.
If you’re part of a remote team, where virtual communication is the norm then a tool like Loom is something you need to get familiar with. Everyone on your team can start using it for free.
You can save tons of time by skipping meetings and calls that could be replaced with a short video.
And you can send a single video to as many people as possible, eliminating the need for dozens, if not hundreds of conversations. You can also create archives where you include video URLs in your SOPs so that new hires can find and access the videos you created months or even years ago.
Stop Calling and Start Recording
Now that you know how to record your screen on Mac and PC computers, you can stop living in the stone age and start sending short-form, efficient videos.
Save minutes, if not hours a week by passing up pointless meetings. And drive the point home with helpful screen recordings made easy.
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