Video recording

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Capture Modes

Screenbits can record desktop in four different modes. You can change the mode by Capture Mode button in the Main View.

Figure 1: Capture Modes


Full Screen

This option allows you to record entire desktop.

  1. In the main view, click Capture Mode button to open capture mode menu.
  2. From capture mode mode, click Primary.
  3. Click Record button to start recording.

If you have set up multiple displays, you can choose which one to record under Full Screen menu as below:

  • Select Primary to record primary display.
  • Select All to record all displays.
  • Select Dispay n to record the nth display.

Window

Use this option to record a specific window.

  1. In the main view, click Capture Mode button to open capture mode menu.
  2. From capture mode menu, click Window to open selector view
  3. Click on the window you want to record.
  4. Click OK to close the selector view.
  5. Click Record button to start recording.

Rectangle

Use this option to record a rectangular area of desktop.

  1. In the main view, click Capture Mode button to open selection menu.
  2. From the selection menu, click Rectangle to open selector view.
  3. Select the area you want to record.
  4. Click OK to close the selector view.
  5. Click Record button to start recording.

Pointer

Use this option to record the area around the mouse pointer.

  1. In the main view, click Capture Mode button to open capture mode menu.
  2. From the capture mode menu, click Pointer to open selector view.
  3. Click on the selected area to commit cursor selection.
  4. Change size of the of selected area if needed.
  5. Click OK to close the selector view.
  6. Click Record button to start recording.

Output

Screenbits encodes the output video using H.264 codec and provides multiple options to configure the output, including resolution, frame-rate and quality.

To change resolution:

  1. Select Settings from Record menu to open Settings dialog.
  2. Click Video from the side bar to open Vudeo settings.
  3. From Output section, select output resolution from Resolution selector.

To change frame-rate:

  1. Select Settings from Record menu to open Settings dialog.
  2. Click Video from the side bar to open Vudeo settings.
  3. From Output section, select desired frame-rate from Framerate selector.

Note: Select Custom from the selector to choose a custom frame-rate up to 120.

To change quality:

  1. Select Settings from Record menu to open Settings dialog.
  2. Click Video from the side bar to open Vudeo settings.
  3. From Output section, move Quality slider to increase or decrease quality.

To force recording in variable frame-rate:

  1. Select Settings from Record menu to open Settings dialog.
  2. Click Video from the side bar to open Vudeo settings.
  3. From Output section, check Prefer variable frame-rate check box.

Note: Not preferring variable frame-rate does not mean that the video will be recorded in constant frame-rate. Depending on your system performance, recorder may fall back to variable frame-rate to be able to work properly.

Performance

There are several ways to improve performance of video recording. If you want to get better frame-rate, experiencing glitches in the recorded video, or running the application on a low-end device, follow one or more instructions below to improve the performance of video recording.

Output Resolution

Performance improves significantly when a smaller resolution is selected. It also reduces size of the output file.

Frame-Rate

Another important factor in improving performance is frame rate of the output size. Lower frame rate improves performance significantly. However, a very low frame rate video may also look laggy. Currently, the default frame rate is set to 20; if you are experiencing performance issues, we suggest you to lower the frame rate to 10.

Output Quality

Lowering quality of the output is another way to improve the performance.

Capture Area

If recording entire desktop is not necessary, you may use different capture mode to record smaller area.

Display Resolution

Usually, display adapters support multiple resolutions for the display. Selecting a lower resolution improves performance significantly. To lower the display resolution:

  1. Open Settings app from Action Center.
  2. Click System to open System settings.
  3. From the left side menu, Click Display to open Display settings.
  4. From Resolution selector, select an smaller resolution.
  5. Click Keep Changes to confirm

Game Settings

If you use Screenbits to record your gaming experience, you can also improve performance of the app significantly by adjusting settings in game.

Start recording in game

It is highly recommended to start recording in-game rather than starting when the game is minimized and then switching to the game. You can use hotkeys to start recording in game while the app is minimized.

Game Resolution

Using lower resolutions improves performance significantly. Refer to your game options to lower the resolution, if supported.

Video Quality

Lowering the video quality can also improve performance. Refer to your game options to lower the quality, if supported.