How To Make a Video Capture of Your Screen

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It is possible to create a video of what is happening on your screen. This is useful for when you would like to perform software demonstrations or tutorials. One group of people who often use this type of software are gamer YouTubers, who like to share with their followers their gameplay sessions. Continue reading to discover a few programs that will allow you to create video captures of your screen.


How To Ensure Good Video Quality in a Screen Capture

The higher the video resolution and FPS (frames per second), the larger your video capture will be. This means that your processor and hard drive will need to expend more effort to capture the video in real time relative to the size of the video.


To reduce the stress on your machine, consider capturing only a portion of your screen (640x480, for example). If you would like to capture the entire screen, consider selecting a reduced resolution (640x480 or 800x600).

You should also deactivate any themes that you have applied to your machine and remove any wallpapers.

With VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player is a software designed to play back videos and audio. It also allows you to create video captures of your screen.

To use it as a screen recording tool, open the VLC player, and click View > Advanced Controls.

Next, press [Ctrl] + [C]. You can also go to Media > Open Capture Device.

In the window that opens, set your capture device to Desktop and, then, your desired frame rate to roughly 10 FPS:



Click the Save button, then the Record button to start recording. You should take care to minimize the VLC window so that it doesn't show up in your screencast.

Once you have finished your demonstration, restore the VLC window and click the Record button to stop the recording. Your video will automatically be saved in AVI format in your Videos folder.

With QuickTime Player

You can use QuickTime Player to record a video of your screen. To do so, open the application, and click File > New Screen Recording:


In the window that pops up, click the Record button.

With ShadowPlay

If you would like to capture your screen exclusively to share your gameplay, the ShadowPlay software is a good solution.


It allows you to record and share high quality gameplay videos, screenshots, and livestream videos with your friends.




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