Whether you want to record an on-demand video, a Zoom meeting, a demonstration, or a webinar, a good screen recorder makes it easy to record your screen at any time. Using a high-quality computer screen recorder, you can record your full screen or a specific window, which you can then share with others.

You can capture webinars and go back and view them for future use, or capture a meeting so that you can review the footage later or share it with someone who could not make it to the meeting.

Knowing how to screen record effectively, however, can make the difference between a great screen recording and one that fails to accomplish your overall goals.

How to Screen Record

Want to know how to record your screen? Start with these key steps.

1. Make sure you have the hardware you need.

Start with hardware that will allow you to accomplish your goals. Do you intend to add audio recordings to your screen recording? Do you need to capture sound from what's happening on-screen? Make sure you have the right hardware. You will need a device that has enough storage space for your screen recording, especially if you intend to record at high quality. If you want to add audio content to the video, you may want to make sure that you have a high-quality microphone. Also, consider whether you intend to add a video of yourself over the top of the screen-recorded video. If so, you may want to make sure that you have a quality camera on hand.

2. Choose high-quality screen recording software.

Before you start screen recording for your big video, whether you want to make sure you have recorded the content of a meeting or you want to record a specific moment in-game, make sure you choose and test out high-quality screen recording software. Make sure your software has the features you need to accomplish your goals, whether you want to add images or emphasis in the video or you need to put together audio content to go with the video.

3. Watch the tutorial for your software.

Pinnacle Studio, for example, offers easy screen-recording options that you can easily figure out how to use with an effective video recorder. Make sure you're familiar with the tools offered by your screen recorder and prepared to use them.

4. Start your recording.

In some cases, you may want to start and stop your recording manually: as the actual meeting content starts or when you reach a certain point in your game, for example. In others, you may want to program your screen recording software to start and stop recording at a specific time: at the beginning of a meeting with a prescheduled start time, for example, or when you know a webinar is going to begin. Setting start and stop times can make it easier for you to walk away from the computer or device if needed.

How to Choose a Screen Recorder for Windows

When choosing a Windows screen recorder, there are several critical elements you may want to take into consideration. You want a screen recording software that:

  • It has an easy-to-use, intuitive design
  • Allows you to add the content you want to add in at the end, including videos, audio, and images
  • Will record for the length of time you need
  • Records in the quality you're looking for in your finished product


Screen recording software is one of the most important components in creating a highly effective, comprehensive video that reflects your needs. Pinnacle Studio offers high-quality screen recording software that will allow you to capture and edit those recordings. Learn more about our software and how it can benefit you.

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