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Screen recording tools 2022

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Vesa Nopanenhttps://myteamsday.com/
MVP for Office Apps & Services (Teams & Collaboration focus), Principal Consultant in Office 365 and Modern Work. Extremely passionate about Microsoft Teams's power to change how people work together. Helping and coaching customers to find benefits, solutions and value when adopting new tools, methods, ways or working and practices into daily work-life equation. I am always eager to challenge current situation and dig out new possibilities and ways to think and work. You could describe me as a jack of all trades but my main focus area and deep personal driver is Microsoft Teams since it has changed the way I work and did a giant step forward to make it possible to work from anywhere - the location does not matter even us much as it mattered before. Microsoft Teams opened the path for many organizations to rethink their practices, worklife, culture and start the change. That's why I am very passionate about Teams.

This is a topic that comes forward very often: how can one record a screen video and then edit it afterwards. What options there are available and how they work in the real scenarios? I did this article early 2021, so it is time to refresh it.

There are several (plenty) tools available but let me highlight a few. I am focusing mostly on tools I could be using as consultant, information worker, speaker, blogger and sharing ideas.

TLDR; I use mostly Microsoft Teams, OBS Studio and Snagit/Camtasia for my recordings, but with the Recording Studio addition to PowerPoint I am starting to use it more for presentations recordings.

Microsoft Teams

You can use Microsoft Teams to record your screen quite easily. Just go to Calendar and choose Meet Now to create a Teams meeting. Then you can share your screen in the meeting and record your show – if you have permissions to do so. I have to admit I use Teams quite often for recording demos or intro videos.

Pros: easy, built-in, included in the license, easy to use

Cons: recording quality is not full HD, a bit difficult to manage with only a single screen setup (you need to hide everything extra).

PowerPoint

Did you knew you can also use PowerPoint to record a screen or presentation? Unlike a year ago, you have now a Recording Studio and Record-tab to create recordings. It is easy to access – right on the top-right area.

In the Recording Studio you can have your video presented, along with ability to ink to slides and change your view between Teleprompter (your eyes looking more towards the camera) or using Presenter View (the traditional view).

The Recording Studio is by far one of the easiest way to create a presentation recording out of a PowerPoint.

For more information about the Recording Studio read here.

You can also go to the Record -tab and have more options there – including screen recording.

It also has options to select an screen area but also to include microphone (or not) and cursor.

Pros: Included with PowerPoint, easy to use.

Cons: People still may not know about this option.

Future: It will be interesting to see how PowerPoint Cameo will work with Microsoft Teams and if that can be used to create presentations.

Clipchamp

Microsoft acquired Clipchamp during late 2021. I am under impression it will be integrated with Microsoft 365 and from that integration users will be able to use it’s more advanced features. The free version is not a tool I would use due to low resolution, but with Microsoft 365 integration we should see good use for this.

In addition to screen recording there are also tools, stock videos and other content to be used. I will take more look at this once I can use it with my Microsoft 365 account. You can learn more about what’s coming via this blog post.

Microsoft Stream

Yes – you can still do a screen recording with Microsoft Stream. You just have to navigate to (classic) Stream website from Office 365 menu. In March 2022 you should be able to create a new video directly from Office 365 home menu.

Without going to too much details there is a good guide for that by Microsoft in here.

Pros: easy to use, if you have access to Microsoft Stream you can use this tool

Cons: Classic Stream is in the process of being replaced with New Stream. People may find it confusing having to use the classic one to create a recording.

OBS Studio

I have also used OBS Studio to record my screen. During 2021 I used OBS Studio a lot more than before – it is especially good when you want to create good looking recordings, record a session or need to play with scenes/stages. It is perhaps a little heavy-weight software for just screen recording but it makes a lots of sense if you want to create your custom virtual stage you record – allowing to use camera, layouts and content in a very rich way. That takes more learning but on the return you can record your videos in very high quality.

If you already use OBS Studio – or plan to start using it – it makes sense to use it in more than just streaming scenarios. If you have the computer power and you are looking for a versatile tool to create high quality recordings I’d look into OBS Studio. There are also lots of guides & videos available in the net.

Pros: free, supports complex scenarios & stages, versatile, high-quality recording, gives me a lots of flexibility

Cons: learning curve, requires computer power

Bonus: With Elgato Stream Deck it is easier to create more complex scenarios when recording with OBS Studio.

Snagit and Camtasia

TechSmith has Snagit and Camtasia tools available that can be used to record and edit screen. Snagit has less options to use but Camtasia is a fully fledged video editor & recorder. These tools are quite simple to use and there are tons of great videos & articles available for learning. These are my preferred tools these days to create short clips or demos.

Pros: great tools with lots of options, easy editing and especially easy snipping. Easy to choose to record only a specific area of the screen.

Cons: you need to buy a license to use them. Camtasia requires more computer power to run smoothly.

I haven’t tested all of them personally, but I want to highlight names I have come across now and then. There is quite a lot of tools available, in case you don’t want to use those included in Microsoft 365, OBS or Snagit/Camtasia.

Recordcast

There is also a cloud-based screen recording tool named Recordcast. It doesn’t require any installation and it is thus very simple to get started. Since this tool is most likely unknown it is easy to share details with screen snips.

Choosing the shared screen is easy in Chrome.

The recording limit is 30 minutes.

If you choose to download the file you get it in .webm format. That may be good for the future but currently it is not supported with all video editing tools.

If you hit the Edit and Export in MP4 the in-browser editor opens.

However before you can save the video you need to Sign up for the Recordcast. After that you can export your video out in MP4-format.

Pros: free to get started, no download required, 30 minute limit, lightweight

Cons: limited functionalities but you can do basic editing with the tool. Can not save mp4 version of the recording without signing in to the tool.

Xbox Game Bar
It comes pre-installed in Windows 10! Use Win+G to activate it. Win + Alt + R starts the recording of selected application directly.
Learn more about Xbox Game Bar from here or check out Capture section directly from here.

Logitech Capture
If you have a Logitech webcam

VMaker Screen Recorder
Lite version is free and looks on specs worth a try. Noise cancellation is included already on the free version. Paid versions have also some editing / framing options.

Veed.Io Screen Recorder
Free version is limited to short and small (max 10 minutes/50MB) videos. Paid versions have more options.

Vimeo Screen Recorder
Vimeo offers a Screen Recorder as a Chrome add-on, but in order to to utilize Vimeo more you will need a paid subscription. Chrome add-on can record up to 2 hours.

Screencast-o-matic Recorder
This tool has free and paid versions. Naturally subscriptions have more features available.

PicPick
Mentioned as a great tool, used for years.
Paid software, not a free one. Seems to have lots of good options available.

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