Recording screencasts from a computer is a lot easier today than it was in times past.
There are plenty of great tools you can use to get the job done, but many people still have issues with the quality of the screencasts they record.
The good news is recording high quality screencasts from a computer isn’t really all that difficult.
Here are six things to consider if you want to record the highest quality screencasts you can possibly produce:
1 – Resolution
Since the resolution of the video that you record affects its definition it plays a big part in its overall quality.
In screencasts the resolution will be the resolution of the frame that is being recorded – so try to make it as large as possible.
Ideally you should aim to record HD videos in 1080p (or as close to it as possible). You should also make sure you use the correct aspect ratio as well in order to avoid ‘letterboxing’ or ‘pillarboxing’.
2 – Frame Rate
Selecting higher frame rates will make your videos look smoother and make the movement in them appear more fluid.
Normally you can adjust the frame rate (or at least the maximum frame rate) via a setting in the screen recorder that you’re using. I recommend that you ensure that it’s at least 30.
3 – System Performance
Producing a screencast will record everything that appears on your computer’s screen, and poor system performance will definitely affect the quality of the video you capture.
Unfortunately, this is one area that can be difficult to improve on, but as a start you can close all unnecessary apps and kill any unnecessary background processes that might be running.
If you continue to have persistent performance issues while recording it might help to upgrade your computer’s RAM or processor and/or boost overall system performance by installing a solid state drive (SSD).
4 – Audio quality
In general, you only need to worry about the audio quality if recording a voiceover from a microphone.
There are many ways to improve the audio quality of a microphone, but a good start is to invest in a high-quality microphone and minimize the background noise and make sure it is stable.
5 – Composition
For the most part you won’t have much control over the video composition. After all, the screen is going to show what it’s going to show.
But that being said, you can and should do the best you can with the limited amount of control you do have.
The goal here is to make the composition look as clean as possible by clearing out any unwanted items from the taskbar, system tray, desktop, and other areas of the screen.
6 – Screen Recording Software
The quality of the screencasts you produce will be directly affected by the quality and capabilities of the screen recording software you use.
There are several good options to choose from when capturing a video from your computer screen, but I use and recommend Movavi Screen Recorder Studio.
Movavi lets you adjust the recording parameters to record high quality videos and then edit them later to further improve their quality, fix any issues that may be present and make any other alterations that you deem necessary.
Bottom line: The tips listed in this post should give you a good idea of what needs to be done to record high quality screencasts from a computer.
In most cases it should be easy to make the improvements you need to boost the quality of your screencasts and make them significantly better than they have been in the past.
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