How to record PC screen explained step by step | Digital Trends Spanish


Surely you already know a method to take a screenshot, but what if you want to capture something more than a simple still image? How about a full videoconference, so you can refer back to something that was said? Or your skills like gamer, to show them off to the world? What you need is to record the screen of your PC.

Quick guide to record PC screen

If that’s not what you’re looking for, we also have guides to the best screen recorders and editing programs. Also, you can review our articles on the most effective ways to take a screenshot on a PC, on a Mac or on your Chromebook.

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Record PC screen in Windows 10

If you prefer not to download any additional software, there is a possibility that some of the applications that you already have installed may record your screen, even if that is not the main purpose of it. Here we show you some that you probably have access to and that can help you.

How to record your screen with Game Bar

To use this feature, your PC must support one of the following encoders. Most modern graphics cards or processors will support them:

  • AMD VCE
  • Intel Quick Sync H.264 (Intel 2nd Gen CPU or newer)
  • Nvidia NVENC (most Nvidia GeForce 600, Quadro K series or newer)

Step 1: Click the Start button followed by the gear icon located in the Start Menu. This opens the Settings app.

Step 2: Choose Game.

Step 3: in Game bar, make sure the option Record game clips, screenshots, and stream using Game Bar is activated.

Step 4– Type the default keyboard shortcut to open Game Bar: Win + G. You may see a message asking if the app highlighted on your screen is a game. If it happens, select that Yes.

Step 5: the Game Bar feature appears near the top center edge of the screen. It has buttons to access multiple overlays, including sound, performance, and capture.

The Game Bar feature capture overlay should appear by default. If that doesn’t happen, click on the webcam icon in the Game Bar. After that, press the round button Start recording in the capture overlay. Click again to stop.

Note: Game Bar’s recording feature will not work with the desktop or File Explorer. However, it should work with games and other types of applications.

Another option is to type the key combination Win + Alt + R to start and stop recording with Game Bar enabled.

All video captures are saved in the Videos / Captures folder as an MP4 file.

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How to record your screen with PowerPoint

Didn’t you know that you could record your screen with PowerPoint? It’s true: the latest versions include this useful feature. Step by step, this is how you can do it:

Step 1: go to the tab Insert and select Screen recording, located on the dashboard Media.

Step 2: click on Select area to choose the specific area of ​​the screen you want to record. If you want to record the entire screen, press the arrow keys. Windows + Shift + F.

Step 3: click the button Record, “Or press the arrow keys Windows + Shift + R simultaneously.

Step 4: you can click the button Pause, which replaces the button Record, to stop the process as needed. Click the square button Stop to end the capture.

Step 5: to save the recording, right click on the video displayed in PowerPojnt. Select option Save media as in the pop-up menu. Follow the onscreen instructions to store your recording.

When you’re done, you can save the video as a separate file to access or embed as you see fit. The editing and control options are very limited after that, but it’s a great option for quick recording, especially if you’re doing it for an imminent presentation. And don’t ignore the enhancement tools PowerPoint offers, such as reshaping the video, adding a border, and adding effects like shadows, glow, and more.

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Professional alternatives to record PC screen

If you want an enhanced recording experience from an application specifically designed for more professional and game-oriented clips, your best bet is to download one of the following applications.

OBS Studio (free)

OBS Studio, one of the most advanced screen recording applications available for free, is completely open source and allows unlimited full screen recording without watermarks. It has incorporated streaming features for those who wish to have a live audience while recording and has great hardware support so 60 FPS recording is perfectly doable.

It is more complete than some applications freemium and for that reason, it may take a little longer to configure. However, it is still the best free screen recording app out there today.

Snagit (from $ 50 dollars)

Snagit is a program designed more for beginners than gamers, with a ton of recording features made to showcase products and create your own marketing videos or hands-on features. So if you are planning to make a video that includes multiple video types and multiple graphics, as well as screen recording, Snagit is a great option.

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Record your Mac screen

MacOS screen recorder

In macOS Catalina there is a function that allows you to record videos of your screen and take “screenshots” with the MacOS screen capture tool.

Step 1: press Command + Shift + 5 to bring up the screenshot toolbar.

Step 2: The toolbar will appear. You will see two sets of buttons: three on the left, to take a screenshot, and two in the center to record the screen. Choose if you want to take a screenshot or record the entire screen or a portion and then click the corresponding button on the right side.

Step 3: When you’re done, click the record button in the menu bar at the top of the screen. The button looks like a circle with a square inside.

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Quicktime Player

If you’re running an older version of macOS, you can always use QuickTime Player for basic screen recording (as well as audio recording). QuickTime recordings are not easy to edit in posts, but if you want a quick and easy recording method on macOS, it is one of the simplest.

Step 1: Launch QuickTime Player. It will probably be in the Launcher.

Step 2– You may not see a window appear on the screen. Instead, click Archive, located in the upper left corner of the menu bar.

Step 3: click the option New screen recording, which appears in the drop-down menu.

Step 4– You can see a pop-up window that asks for permission to record the computer screen. Click the button Open System Preferences and follow the instructions. You may need to restart QuickTime Player.

Step 5– The QuickTime toolbar is identical to the MacOS built-in capture utility. Click on Choices To add or remove mouse clicks, use the built-in microphone and designate where the video will be stored.

Step 6– Again, you will see two sets of buttons: three on the left for screenshot and two in the middle for recording. Click the button Record full screen or Record selected portion, followed by the button Record located on the right.

Step 7: When you’re done, navigate to the menu bar and click the stop recording button, as shown below. Alternatively, tap on the appropriate symbol if your Mac has a Touch Bar.

Step 8: To save the recording, click Archive in the menu bar followed by save, in the drop-down menu. Choose an appropriate location and name.

Chrome OS

Currently, Chrome OS does not have a native tool to record the screen. Google is working on this feature at the moment, which is already appearing in Canary Builds through a flag experimental, but until it’s officially released, you’ll need to install a Chrome extension to record your screen.

Screencastify

Step 1: opens Screencastify in the Chrome Web Store and click the button Add to Chrome, followed by Add extension in a pop-up window.

Step 2: select the Screencastify icon located at the top right of Chrome.

Step 3: Sign in with your Google account and follow the necessary steps to create an account on Screencastify.

Step 4: click the blue buttons Enable microphone and webcam, followed by Allow in a pop-up window.

Step 5: click the blue button Enable tools, followed by Allow in a pop-up window.

Step 6: select the Screencastify icon located at the top right of Chrome again. Then a drop-down menu will appear.

Step 7: select a source: Browser tab, Desk or Webcam only.

Step 8: enable the microphone and webcams if you need it.

Step 9: click on Other options for additional settings, such as a stopwatch.

Step 10: click the blue button Record. You can only record for five minutes using a free account.

Note: if you choose Desktop, a screen will appear where you must select the option Your full screen or Application window. After that, click Share.

Step 11: when you’re done recording, click the Screencastify icon again, followed by the red button Stop in the drop-down menu. You can also pause recording, re-record, and erase what you’ve already recorded.

Step 12: now you can edit the video, share a copy, download it to your Chromebook and more. To edit the name, click the text box next to the button Open in editor.

The video is saved to your Google Drive by default.

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