Record Videos

Record a video of the screen as an MP4 video. You can choose to record microphone audio, system audio, and a webcam. Use Snagit videos to:

  • Walk someone through a process or issue.
  • Record a demonstration or a how-to video.
  • Record a presentation switching between the presentation slides and video of the speaker.
  • Send someone audio and visual feedback in a video.
  • Record a small portion of an online video or animation.

Record a Video

  1. In the Capture window, select the Video tab.
  2. Click the Capture button or press Print Screen.
  3. The orange crosshairs appear. Click and drag to select the area to record on the screen or click the Fullscreen button to select the entire screen.
  4. To edit the selected area, complete any of the following:
    • Drag the handles to adjust the selection.
    • To enter a specific size, type the dimensions in pixels into the Width and Height fields.
    • To move the selected area on the screen, click within the highlighted area and drag the selection to the desired location.

Press G to show the video selection guidelines while selecting an area to record. These guides show standard video dimensions used by popular video sharing destinatons such as YouTube or mobile devices.

  1. The Video Recording toolbar appears.

    The options on the toolbar can be toggled on or off by clicking the matching icon before and during recording:

    • Webcam: Record live video from the connected or built-in webcam. Screen video is not recorded when the webcam option is enabled.
    • System Audio: Record the sound from your computer such as application alerts or the audio playing from your computer speakers.
    • Microphone Audio: Record the audio from your computer's built-in microphone or from a connected USB microphone.
  2. To begin recording, click the Record button or press Shift+F9.
  3. To stop the recording, click the Stop button or press Shift+F10.

The capture opens in Snagit Editor where you can preview, edit, and share the capture.

If you frequently use the same video dimensions or recording settings, save the settings as a preset for future use. See Create Presets.

Video Capture Settings

Option Description

Record a built-in webcam or other camera device during video capture.

The Webcam option switches between displaying the webcam recording (Webcam enabled) and displaying the screen recording (Webcam disabled) in the video capture.


Record audio using a microphone device during video capture.
sw2018cap-RecordSystemAudio.png Record the system audio (sounds from applications and websites) during video capture.

Open the capture in Snagit Editor to preview, edit, and share the video.

Disable this option to skip previewing and editing the capture in Snagit Editor. Select a Share option in the Capture window, to automatically share to your destination.


Include the cursor in the capture.

For video captures, it is recommended to capture the cursor with video recordings to show where the action occurs on the screen.