How to Record Screen on Windows and Mac

By Carrie Murray, Thursday, June 29, 2017

You may be searching for a free and reliable screencasting tool for your Windows or Mac computer to record screen activity. If so, you are in the right place. Here we will show you two best screen recorders for Windows and Mac to record screen videos with audio. You can use them to record video games, streaming videos, product demonstration, tutorials, live chat and more. 


How to Record Screen on Windows 7/8/10

Screen Recorder is a very powerful screencasting software for Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 computer. It has all the features that you may need in capturing a high-quality video clip of your actions on computer screen. 

Screen Recorder Homepage

  • Record video with audio (both internal sound from your computer and your voice).

  • Capture the video in different formats (MP4, GIF, WMV, AVI, MOV, MKV, FLV, MPEG, etc.).

  • Record the full screen or only a part of the computer screen.

  • Work with Webcam and support Skype, MSN, and GTalk and other video chats.

  • Support scheduled task for live streaming video.

  • Edit and upload the video to YouTube, FTP after recording.

Now free download Screen Recorder to start creating some wonderful screencasts. 

Windows Version Download

1. Adjust Recording Settings

Before recording your computer screen, you may want to click Settings > Options to adjust the recording settings to fit your need. You can choose whether to include mouse cursor on your video and enable shortcuts to start, pause, stop the recording, hide recording toolbar so that the screen recorder won't gets in your way when you are recording the screen. 

Screen Recorder Settings

There are more advanced settings: animate mouse clicks/buttons, choose video settings (format, bitrate, frame rate, video storing location). 

2. Start to Record Screen on Windows

To record a certain part of the screen, click arrow-down icon beside Start button and choose Region to select an area. And to record the full screen, just choose Full Screen. 

You can also choose to record the area around mouse cursor in different resolutions, record only the audio or add webcam. After you have made a choice, click Start to begin recording your screen activity. If you have set it up, the Screen Recorder will automatically minimize to tray and show countdown before recording. 

Screen Recoder Start Recording

3. Recording Screen 

During the recording, you can use the toolbar to highlight objects, add arrow/rectangle/circle, open webcam/microphone/system audio. You can also click Screenshot button to take a screenshot during the recording. After you have recorded everything you want, click Stop button from main screen use keyboard shortcut to stop the recording and save the video. 

Screen Recorder Recording

4. Edit and Upload Video to YouTube/FTP 

Your recorded screencasts will show on the program. You can click Edit to crop, trim, rotate, convert the video or add watermark. And if you want, you can directly click Upload to upload the video to YouTube and your personal or company's web server via FTP. 

Screen Recorder Upload Video

And don't forget thetask scheduler feature. Click Settings > Task Scheduler or click No Task Scheduled to start a scheduled recording for live streaming video from Twitch TV, BBC, CNN, Livestream, etc. You won't miss any wonderful moments. 


How to Record Screen and Audio on Mac

To record screen on Mac, of course you can use QuickTime. But QuickTime can't record the audio along with your screen. Therefore, if you need to record screen and audio at the same time on your MacBook Air/Pro or iMac, you need FonePaw iOS Screen Recorder.

The program can mirror Mac screen to a PC so that you can use a PC to record gameplay, video, application operation or any screen activities with sound on Mac. Also, you may use the program to mirror iPhone, iPad screen to PC and record screen video.

Follow these steps to record screen on Mac with audio. 

1. Download and Launch iOS Screen Recorder

Click the Download button to get the recorder on PC. Launch the program and you will see this simple interface. 

Windows Version Download

iOS Screen Recorder Homepage

2. Airplay Mac Screen to PC

Connect both the Mac and PC to the same Wi-Fi network. On the Mac, click Airplay icon on the top menubar and choose the Airplay name of your PC. The Mac display will be mirrored to PC immediately.

iOS Airplay Mac to PC

3. Record Mac Screen with Sound

Click the Record icon to start recording what's on your Mac screen. If you want to record screen video with sound on Mac, enable the sound button. And when you are done, click the Record button again to stop. 

iOS Record Mac Screen on PC

4. Export Screen Video to PC

Once you stop screen recording, the export window pops up, enabling you to choose the location to save the video. Click Start Export to save the video.

iOS Export Video

If you find these screen recorder for Windows or Mac useful, share them to your frineds. 

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