How to Capture Video ClipsTime: Apr. 24, 2020
screenshot are easy to take in Windows 10. You can quickly snap your screen using the handy Print Screen button on your keyboard
and fine-tune it via the Snip & Sketch tool. Capturing video of your screen is more difficult, but Microsoft makes it possible through
the use of a built-in video capture tool called Game Bar.
This tool was designed to record games you play directly on your PC or those you stream from an Xbox One, but Game Bar can just
as easily capture video of screen activity from your web browser, Microsoft Office applications, and many other programs. Your screen
activity is then automatically saved as an MP4 video file.
Set Up Screen Recording
First make sure that Game Bar is enabled. Open Settings > Gaming > Game bar. Turn on the switch to "Record game clips, screenshots,
and broadcast using Game Bar" if it's not already on. From this screen you can also change any of the keyboard shortcuts associated with
opening the Game Bar, taking a screenshot, and recording video.
Open the app or screen you wish to record. You can start a recording from most applications and windows, but there are exceptions. You
can't kick off a capture from the Windows desktop, File Explorer, or certain Windows apps such as Maps and Weather. Otherwise, the field
is pretty wide open.
Record Your Screen
Press Win+G to open Game Bar. The Game Bar pane pops up with controls for capturing screenshots, recording video and audio, and
broadcasting your screen activity. The pane also displays the name of your current app, file, or window as the source for the video capture.
Click the camera icon to take a simple screenshot or hit the Start Recording button to capture your screen activity. Instead of going through
the Game Bar pane, you can also just press Win+Alt+R to start your recording. Press it again to stop the capture.
The first time you choose to record screen activity from a specific application or window, Game Bar needs your permission. Click the checkbox
to "Enable gaming features for this app to record gameplay." Click the square Start Recording button again, and the video capture starts.
You can now perform whatever screen actions you want to capture. The full Game Bar pane vanishes, replaced by a small floating bar in the
upper-right corner of the screen through which you can control the recording.
To stop the recording, click the Recording button on the floating bar. A notification appears telling you that the game clip was recorded and
showing you the location of the video file. Click the notification, and File Explorer opens to the specified location. Just double-click the video
file to play it in its associated application.
If you don't like where video captures are saved by default, you can always change where they are saved by going to Settings > Gaming