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.
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  2. Click the Capture button or press Print Screen (Windows) or Control-Shift-C (Mac).
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  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.
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  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.
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    Press G to show the video selection guidelines while selecting an area to record. See Recording Dimensions (Resolution).

  5. The Video Recording toolbar appears.
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    The options on the toolbar can be toggled on or off by clicking the matching icon before and during recording:

    To enable the microphone or webcam on macOS 10.14, you must allow Snagit access. In the System Preferences, select Security & Privacy > Privacy tab > Microphone or Camera > enable Snagit.

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

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Record audio using a microphone device during video capture.
sw2019-recordsystemaudio.png Record the system audio (sounds from applications and websites) during video capture.
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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.

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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.

Recording Dimensions (Resolution)

To create quality videos, you should consider the recording dimensions before starting the video recording. It is important to select the appropriate dimensions for where you plan to share the video with your audience. Snagit provides several ways to help you select the appropriate dimensions for your video recordings.

Select the Video Recording Area

Snagit offers the flexibility to record custom dimensions, a 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratio, the entire screen, a region, or a window. Frame the screen content by selecting a recording area that only includes the relevant screen content.

Selection Description
Fullscreen

Click the Fullscreen button.

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Window
  1. Hover the cursor over the window to record.
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  2. An orange border appears around the window. Click to select.
Region

Click and drag to select an area on the screen.

Hold CTRL and drag to lock the selection to a 16:9 aspect ratio or hold SHIFT and drag to lock to a 4:3 aspect ratio.
Custom Dimensions
  1. Click and drag to select an area on the screen.
  2. The toolbar appears. Enter the custom dimensions into the Width and Height fields.
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Select Standard Dimensions

Snagit's video guides show standard or recommended dimensions (up to 1920x1080) for common video sharing destinations such as YouTube, websites, and mobile devices. Available video guides are:

  • 1080p: 1920x1080
  • 720p: 1280x720
  • 640x480
  • 320X240

 

If you plan to share your video to a location that requires specific video dimensions, it is recommended to record at these dimensions or at the same aspect ratio as the recommended dimensions.

  1. When selecting an area to record, press G to turn the video selection guides on or off.
  2. Click and drag to select the recording area. As you drag the cursor near one of the standard dimensions, the guide dimly appears.
  3. Continue to drag the cursor until the selection border highlights to match the guide.