How to Capture Video Clips in Windows 10
Screenshots are easy to take in Windows 10, since you have access to the nifty Print Screen button on your keyboard. Capturing video of your screen is a little more difficult, but Microsoft does make it possible through the use of a built-in video capture tool. It’s primarily configured to record PC gaming activities, but it can easily be used to record just about anything.
Microsoft built an Xbox app inside Windows 10 that allows you to stream Xbox One games to your PC, shop at the Xbox Store, and record your gaming activity. The app’s Game DVR function can capture your gaming activity, but you can also capture virtually any type of screen activity in Windows 10 and save it as an image file or video clip. Here’s how it works.
Set Up Screen Recording in Windows 10
First, open the app or screen you wish to record. For this demo, we’re in Microsoft Edge, but the screen-capture tool will recognize anything on your monitor.
Press Win + G to open the Game Bar, the Xbox app feature that lets you record screen activity. You’ll see a message asking if you want to open the Game Bar. Check “Yes, this is a game” to launch the tool. Don’t worry, even if you’re not looking to capture a game, check the box and it will work just fine.
The Game Bar pops up with controls for capturing screenshots, recording video, and broadcasting video games through your Xbox Live account. You also have options to control your mic and webcam while recording or broadcasting.
You should be aware that if you’re looking to record anything, you will need to be signed in with your Microsoft Account. You will also have to set up a free Xbox Live account to view any of your recordings. Luckily, you can set that all up in the same place, even after you have captured your video.
Record Your Screen
To begin recording, press the Record Now button on the Game Bar or press Win + Alt + R to kick off the screen capture. If you just want to take a simple screenshot, you can either click the screenshot button or press Win + Alt + Prtscrn.
You also have the option to go back and record something that just happened on your screen when you’re gaming. Either click the Record That button on the Game Bar or press Win + Alt + G to ensure you don’t miss a thing.
If you wait too long or click the screen, the Game Bar disappears, in which case you can press Win + G again to bring up the Game Bar or just press Win + Alt + R to begin the recording process.
Once you begin recording, you can start your screen activity. In this case, perhaps you want to record a demo of certain features in the Edge browser.
After the Game Bar vanishes, in its place will be a small floating bar in the upper-right corner of the screen through which you can control the recording.
To stop the recording, press the square box in the center of the floating bar. Alternatively, you can press Win + G to bring up the Game Bar and click the square box or simply press Win + Alt + R. A message will pop up confirming your capture has been saved to the Xbox app.
View Recordings in the Xbox App
You can now view the clip via the Windows 10 Xbox app. Locate the app in the Start Menu and click the Captures icon on the left toolbar to view all your clips.
On this page you can view your saved files, rename them, play through and trim video clips, and upload anything to your Xbox Live account.
To view the file outside of the Xbox app, click the Open folder button. You’ll see that the image is saved as an MP4 or PNG file in a folder under your user account called Videos > Captures. You can also access this folder by clicking the small Folders button on the Game Bar.
Outside the Xbox app, the video clip becomes more versatile, and you can edit it with a dedicated video editor, share it on social networks, or email it.
Customize Capture Settings
Finally, you can customize certain settings for your video captures. Press Win + G to launch the Game Bar and click the small gear icon to enter the settings menu.
You can now peruse and tweak various options related to recording and broadcasting. You can open additional Windows 10 settings in order to change any of the hot keys associated with the capturing process.
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