People often assume that because a screen recorder captures videos from their screens – the video quality will match what they see there.
That isn’t exactly true however, and as with any video there are other factors with a part to play.
To get the best quality videos when recording using a screen recorder, there are several areas that you should pay close attention to.
Unlike conventional videos, the resolution of screen recording videos is based entirely on the resolution of the frame that you’re recording from your screen.
In other words if you record a 400x400 pixel frame, the video resolution will be 400x400.
That is often the reason why videos captured using screen recording look like they lack definition. Generally it is because they were recorded in a small frame, and then viewed at a much higher resolution.
To ensure your video quality is as good as possible, you should record at the highest possible resolution – and in the right aspect ratio. If it is an option that means recording in full screen, or as close to it as you can get.
By recording in full screen, if you’re using a 1080p Full HD monitor, your video resolution will be 1080p Full HD – which is perfect.
The frame rate is essentially the number of frames contained in each second of video. A higher frame rate will make your video look smoother – especially any movement that is taking place on-screen.
The most noticeable impact of the frame rate is normally on the mouse cursor. Because the mouse cursor moves rapidly, it can seem to ‘jump’ at lower frame rates.
As a rule it is best to record at the highest possible frame rate. Although technically a frame rate of 30 or more is considered ‘good’, increasing it to 60 will mimic what you see on your monitor more closely seeing as most monitors have a 60Hz refresh rate.
The fact of the matter is that recording high resolution videos at high frame rates does require a decent chunk of system resources.
At times that can affect your system performance, and you may start to notice that it seems to be operating more slowly or ‘lagging’ at certain points. All of that will be recorded in your video – so you should try to take steps to avoid it.
The first thing to do is to free up system resources by closing any unnecessary apps and background processes. If it is still an issue, you may want to consider reducing the frame rate a little and seeing if that helps.
If you are only recording the system audio (i.e. audio from your speakers) you don’t really need to be too concerned about the audio quality. However if you are recording audio from a microphone then you should take steps to make sure it is good.
Typically it is best to use a good external microphone, record in a quiet location, and minimize any background noise that may be present.
The desktop recording software that you use is important as well, and should allow you to make the necessary adjustments to ensure the video quality is top notch. For example you could use Movavi Screen Recorder Studio to do that.
If you take into account the areas listed above, you should be able to get the best quality video out of your screen recorder. As you can see it isn’t particularly complicated – so long as you know what areas you need to focus on.