We live in a digital age where video content is more important than ever. If you think about it, most entertainment content nowadays comes in the form of visuals, whether it is blockbuster movies, high-budget TV shows, or video games. And then there is the whole YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram scene where content creators are now making amazing videos that rival the best Hollywood and gaming studios in terms of quality and features. In order to keep up with all of this and become better at making and recording videos, an average user has to know much more than before. One of the ways many gamers or content creators make videos is by recording their screens.
As you know, there are special programs that are capable of recording videos of whatever you are doing on your device and saving it as any other video file. You can then edit that and post it as a form of content. However, the quality of these files is not always satisfactory or even average. A lot can go wrong especially if you do not know how to set everything up and what types of videos you need to make. In this article, we will reveal to you the best ways in which you can improve the quality of your screen recordings.
The Right Program
The initial step would be to use a good program that will capture the video without any issues. Ideally, this should be the one-stop destination where you will both capture it and then edit everything. Programs like this do exist and they are the favorites among the users. You simply pick the settings (more about them later) you want and after you capture the video, all that is left is for you to edit and export. Now, let us talk more about the actual things worth paying attention to.
More Frame Rate
The frames per second (FPS) stat is the crucial part for any screen recording video you are trying to capture in higher than average quality. Frames, or images on the screen, that happen each second increase the quality of the whole video because the more of them there are the smoother the whole video and the better the viewer experience. The frame rate varies but 60 frames per second are what should be your target for starters. If you can, go more towards 120 or however much your PC configuration and monitor can give you. Just mind that the higher you go the larger the file will be because there is more happening in it. If you have to pay attention to the file size, increasing the frame rate may not be the solution for you. Playing games and watching videos are both more enjoyable if there are more frames per second involved, so make sure your videos follow this rule too.
Right up there with the frames, and perhaps even more important, is the resolution of your video. The higher it is the better the picture quality and the whole recording is cleaner and more pleasant to look at. There is no blur or obvious pixilation of the edges in higher resolutions. If you do not know have a target resolution or do not know in which resolution it is going to be displayed in, make sure to record as high as possible. Again, your hardware specs will greatly limit how high your resolution can be. People usually record in the highest resolution their display is able to produce because it is the native resolution and everything looks better that way. If you are recording gameplay, it is the best option too since you are already playing in the highest resolution possible.
The Audio is Also Important
Since you are dealing with video materials, it is very easy to forget about the audio side of it all. A video is nothing without the audio because then the audience lacks one whole sensory pleasure. Voiceover, entertainment, education, and gameplay videos all have to have audio as well if they are to be considered quality. Since you will probably be using a microphone while recording your screen, you have to do a few practices runs until you find the right balance of your voice and other sounds happening in the background. The overall recording has to be in sync and nothing should stand out unless you want it to. If your speech is the most important part sound-wise, make sure everything else is quieter, and vice versa. It may be weird to think about it like this, but one of the first steps in creating videos of any sort where you will be talking is to buy a mic. You do not need a camera since you are recording what you do on the screen, so the next big piece of equipment is a good microphone. Also, keep it quiet in the background for fewer audio post-processing troubles.
Exporting is the Final Step
Once you have created the video, adjusted the audio, and edited all the bits and pieces together, the last thing you should do before you have the file is exporting. To export the video from the program you are working in means to actually make a file of it, to create it. As mentioned, the higher the quality (frame rate, resolution, audio), the larger the file is going to be. The length of the video also influences the file size. Once you are done, you have to choose the format of your video. Countless formats exist and it matters which one you choose. Make sure to pick the one that will allow you the most options for whatever you plan to do with your new file. The crucial part of the exporting process is making sure the native frame rate of the recording is chosen, as well as the same resolution and the bit rate of the recording. All of those settings are clearly shown in the program you are using and it should not be hard to spot them. Lastly, if you mean to compress the video and encode it, it may ruin the quality somewhat.