If you want to record videos or take screenshots of the game you’re playing on your Windows 10 PC, there’s no need to install any support tools. Windows 10 has built-in Game Bar by default, allowing users to record videos or take pictures of the game they are playing to save or upload to YouTube or any other video sharing website.
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Xbox Game Bar
You’ve probably heard of the name Xbox Game Bar on Windows 10, but think this is just a utility that supports gaming so don’t care. In reality, however, the Xbox Game Bar doesn’t just serve gamers. Windows 10’s built-in screen capture / video capture tool is part of the Xbox Game Bar.
Screen recording is part of the “Capture” utility, which can be accessed through the Xbox Game Bar’s “Widget Menu” feature. This tool will record your screen video in H.264 MP4 format. To use the Widget Menu, your system will need to be running on Windows 10 Update from May 2019 Update or later.
How to launch the Capture utility on Windows 10
First, press Windows + G to launch the Xbox Game Bar. Or you can also open the Start menu and launch the ” Xbox Game Bar ” application.
(If the Game Bar doesn’t appear, navigate to Settings> Gaming> Xbox Game Bar . Make sure the Game Bar is ” On ” here.)
On the Game Bar interface screen, find the ” Capture ” window.
If you don’t see it, click the Widget Menu icon on the left.
A drop-down list will appear; Click ” Capture “. The ” Capture ” shortcut may also be located in the Game Bar toolbar.
Start screen recording
In the interface of the Capture utility, you will see 4 supported features buttons (from left to right):
- Screenshot : Screenshot the active window.
- Record last 30 seconds : Create a record of the last 30 seconds.
- Start recording : Starts recording the active window screen.
- Turn on mic while recording : If this option is enabled, Windows 10 will capture the sound from the microphone on your computer and include it in the screen recording video.
If you pay attention, you’ll see a line of text appear below the buttons. This text shows what the active window is. This is the window to be recorded. For example, if you’re browsing the web, it will display the title of the open tab.
To start recording your screen video, you must first decide if you want to use the microphone. This feature comes in handy if you are trying to explain something on the screen, unlike doing a video tutorial.
Next, click the Start Recording button.
Screen recording will start and you will see a small toolbar appear in the corner of the screen. It will display the runtime of the recording, as well as contains option buttons to stop recording and switch microphone …
When finished, click the Stop icon to end the recording.
From the Capture utility, click “ Show All Captures ” to view your recordings.
The just made record will appear at the top of the list. Click the folder icon to view all videos and screenshots in File Explorer.
These records are stored in your Windows users folder at C: Users NAME Videos Captures by default.
By the way, you can also quickly initiate the screen recording process by pressing Windows + Alt + R by default. Or navigate to Settings> Gaming> Xbox Game Bar to customize it to whatever other shortcut you want.
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