Screen Recording: How to easily record screens on Windows, Mac and Linux?

How to Record your Screen

Do you ever need to record your screen on your PC, but you’re unsure where to start? Maybe you want to create a tutorial video or capture some gameplay footage. Whatever your reason, screen recording doesn’t have to be a complicated process. In fact, it can be quite easy!

With the right tools and a little bit of know-how, you can start recording your screen and sharing your content with the world in no time.

In this article, we will be taking a look at free recording software for your Windows 10, MAC, and Linux machines. So sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and let’s explore the realm of effortless screen recording!

What is screen recording?

Screen recording is the process of capturing what is happening on your computer screen as a video file. It allows you to record your actions and movements on the screen, along with any audio that may be playing. 

It is a useful tool for anyone who wants to share what they are doing on their screen with others, whether it’s for educational, entertainment, or work purposes.

How to record the screen on a PC?

Screen recording on Windows is a breeze with the built-in Game Bar tool. Whether you want to record a tutorial or capture your gaming skills, Game Bar makes it easy to record your screen without any additional software. 

Screen Recording with Game Bar in Windows 10

We will take you through the steps to do screen recording on Windows easily.

Step 1: Open the app or game to be recorded

  • Before you start recording, make sure the app or game you want to record is open and running on your computer.

Step 2: Open Game Bar

  • To open Game Bar, press the Windows key + G on your keyboard. This will bring up the Game Bar overlay on your screen.
Game Bar Overlay Windows 10
Game Bar Overlay Windows 10

Step 3: Customize your Game Bar Settings

Game Bar comes with a few basic settings that you can customize to your liking. To access the Game Bar settings, click on the gear icon in the Game Bar overlay.

You can change the following settings from here:

Customize Game Bar Settings

Choose between the Capture Option

  • You can select which type of content you want to capture, such as audio, video, or both.

Choose Audio and Video Quality

  • Audio quality: You can adjust the audio quality to high, medium, or low, or choose to record no audio at all.
  • Video quality: You can choose the resolution of the recording, from 720p to 4K, and the frame rate, from 30fps to 60fps.

Personalization and Other Settings

  • Personalization: The personalization settings in Game Bar allow users to customize the appearance of the overlay and the gameplay recordings.
  • Keyboard shortcuts: You can customize the keyboard shortcuts used to start and stop recordings, take screenshots, and more.
  • Storage location: You can choose where to save your recordings and screenshots on your device.
  • Widget Menu: To enable or disable widgets.

Step 4: Start recording your screen

  • Once Game Bar is open, click on the record button to start recording your screen. You can also use the Windows key + Alt + R shortcut to start recording.
Start Recording with Game Bar
Start Recording with Game Bar

Step 5: Stop recording

  • To stop recording, click on the stop button in the Game Bar overlay.
  • Alternatively, you can use the Windows key + Alt + R shortcut again to stop recording.
  • Your recorded video will be saved in the Videos folder on your computer by default.
  • You can also access your recorded videos from the Xbox app.

How do I start screen recording on Mac?

Screen recording on Mac is a useful feature that allows you to capture what is happening on your computer screen.

Step 1: Open up the app you want to record

  • Open the app that you want to record.

Step 2: Open QuickTime Player

  • QuickTime Player is the built-in screen recording tool on Mac.
  • To open it, go to Launchpad > Other >QuickTime Player.
Launchpad > QuickTime Player
Launchpad > QuickTime Player

Step 3: Customize your recording settings

You can customize the recording settings with the help of ‘Options’.

Save Location

  • Choose a save location for the output file from the ‘Save To’ options.
  • You can quickly choose between Desktop, Documents, Mail, Messages, and QuickTime Player. Or you can choose a custom location by clicking ‘Other Location’.
Customize QuickTime Player Recording Settings

Audio Settings

  • You can record your screen with audio by choosing the MacBook Microphone.
  • Choose ‘None’ in the microphone if you want to record the screen without any audio.

Timer

  • You can add a delay of 5 or 10 seconds to make sure that the popups are opened and that you have navigated to the target screen, after clicking Record.
  • Choose ‘None’ in the Timer if you want to start recording immediately after clicking ‘Record’.

Options

  • Check ‘Show Mouse Clicks’ if you want to capture the mouse clicks during recording.
  • ‘Show Floating Thumbnail’ means that you will see a floating thumbnail of the video after recording at the bottom corner.
  • As the name implies ‘Remember Last Selection’ remember all settings that were selected last time.

Step 4: Start a new screen recording

Once QuickTime Player is open, go to the File menu. You will find the following options:

  • New Movie Recording: This option allows you to capture your webcam video and microphone audio.
  • New Audio Recording: This option allows you to record your audio only.
  • New Screen Recording: This option allows you to capture your computer screen.
Recording With QuickTime Player
Recording With QuickTime Player

Click ‘New Screen Recording’ to capture your screen.

  • To start recording, click on the record button.
  • You can choose to record the entire screen or select a portion of the screen to record.
  • If you want to record a portion of the screen, click and drag the cursor to select the area you want to record.
Screen recording on Mac

Step 5: Stop recording

  • To stop recording, click on the stop button in the menu bar at the top of the screen.
  • Your recorded video will be saved to your chosen location.
Stop QuickTime Player Recording

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How do I screen record on Linux?

Screen recording on Linux is a great way to capture your screen. Some Linux distributions come with built-in screen recording tools that can be used for basic screen recording. The steps to do screen recording using built-in tools may vary depending on the Linux distribution you’re using. 

Let’s take a look at how to use Kazam to do screen recording on Linux easily:

Pre-Requisite: Install Kazam

Kazam is a popular option for Linux users. It offers a user-friendly interface for screen recording. Moreover, it includes features like webcam capture and custom screen area selection. 

You can get Kazam on your Linux machine by updating the apt packages and then installing Kazam. Open up your terminal and run these commands.

  • sudo apt-get update

Wait for the apt packages to be completely updated. Then, run this command.

  • sudo apt install Kazam

Step 1: Prepare screen for recording

  • Open up the app or program that you want to record.

Step 2: Open Kazam

  • Go to Applications > Open Kazam.
Kazam on Linux
Kazam on Linux

Step 3: Customize your recording settings

You can customize the screen recording settings.

Choose Recording Area

  • You can choose whether to record the full screen, a window, or an area.
Kazam Screen Recording
Kazam Screen Recording
  • Full screen means it will record the entire screen.
  • Select ‘Window’ if you want to record a particular window only.
    • Click the Window option on Kazam.
    • Then, click on the actual window that you want to record.
    • Hit Enter to confirm.
Record a Window on Linux
Record a Window on Linux
  • If you select to record an area on the screen, you will see an overlay on your entire screen.
  • You can select an area by clicking and dragging the boundary for the area.
  • Press enter to confirm.
Record an area on Linux
Record an area on Linux

Choose Audio Settings

Kazam is a simple tool, yet it provides you with the capability to choose some basic settings.

  • Check ‘Sound from Speakers’ if you want to record the system’s audio.
  • Check ‘Sound from Microphone’ if you want to record your voice while recording the screen.

Choose Mouse Movement and Delay

  • You can choose whether to include a mouse cursor during recording.
  • You can add an appropriate timer to delay the recording after you click start. This option is helpful if you want to record some popups or menus.

Step 4: Start recording

  • Click on the ‘Start Recording’ button.
Start Recording on Linux
Start Recording on Linux
  • A delay of 5 seconds is selected so the countdown begins upon clicking ‘Start Recording’.
Timer on Kazam
Timer on Kazam

Step 5: Finish recording

  • Go to the ‘Video Camera’ icon at the top.
  • Click Pause Recording to pause the video.
  • Or click ‘Finish Recording’ if you have finished recording the video.
Pause and Finish Recording
Pause and Finish Recording

Conclusion

Fortunately, screen recording is a relatively simple process, and it can be done easily on all major operating systems, including Windows, Mac, and Linux.

On Windows, the built-in Game Bar feature makes it easy to record your screen. On Mac, the built-in QuickTime Player makes screen recording a handy process. On Linux, you can install popular screen recording software tools like Kazam. No matter which operating system you’re using, the basic steps for screen recording are the same. 

In conclusion, screen recording is a useful and powerful tool that can help you share your ideas and communicate with others effectively. Whether you’re a teacher, a gamer, a content creator, or anyone else, screen recording can be an invaluable tool in your toolkit. So, give it a try on your Windows, Mac, or Linux computer, and start recording your screen today!

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