How to Screencast in Windows 10 using Inbuilt Desktop Video Recorder

How to Screencast in Windows 10 using Inbuilt Recorder

  • August 18, 2017

Did you know that Windows 10 has a screen recording feature built-in? Many of us use different screencasting apps or software’s that tend to wear our PCs down. But imagine what we could do if we don’t have to deal with any unnecessary screencasting software. I mean really Windows 10 has made out life much easier. We don’t have to look for other apps to do it but rather use one of our own.

Though it’s part of the Xbox integration known as Game Bar, it’s very easy to use. So let’s take a look at how you can use this easy, intuitive feature to get rid of the extra worries.

How to Use Inbuilt Screencast in Windows 10?

  • Firstly, you need to open up the app. For that you need to press Win + G. You will see the following popup which pops just as you press the keys.
Game Bar option
  • After that click Yes, this is a game, and the Game bar will show up.
Screen Recorder
  • You should see a Red dot icon on the Game bar. Click the Red dot icon, or you can press Win + Alt + R to start recording. You will see a red timer that will show up just at the upright corner. This will indicate how long you want the screen to be recorded.
  • Once you’re done screencasting, you can either click the Square box button, or you can press Win + Alt + R again to stop the recording.

Now, this is the best part, after you have used the feature for the first time Xbox will remember the Game Bar setting in the app. So from the next time when you’ll try to open the same app, you can just start recording or screencasting directly without pressing Win + G to bring up the Game Bar.

Shortcuts to Screencast

And after that just press...

  • Win + Alt + R for to start or stop a screencasting.
  • Win + Alt + PrtSc for taking a screenshot of the app.
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How to Change the Settings of Recorder?

You can always tweak the setting of the recorder. For that you have to:

  • Click the Gear icon on the Game Bar.
  • After that check the option Record game in the background if you want to turn on Background recording.

Now for to find out where the video is being saved. The video is saved in Captures folder in Videos as an MP4 format that you can play in any media player. So, you don’t have to worry about any conversion of the video file.

The recorded videos will also be available in Xbox under Game DVR, and if you want, then you can view or edit them right there. Pretty amazing, right?

Some Different Settings to Tweak

But there are also different setting to tweak in the Gaming section in the Settings app...

  • Customize your own keyboard shortcuts for the Game bar.
  • Turn on and off audio recording during the broadcasting.
  • Deciding whether to use the Game Mode and much more.

One thing you have to remember is that the default duration of the recording is maxed out at 1 hour. Though you can change it to 30 minutes or 2 hours maximum in Game DVR section. So, if you need more screencasting time, then you should look for another software or make separate videos and join them.

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Limit for recording the screen

Though the screencast feature of Windows 10 takes it to a whole another level, it requires some specific hardware to do that. But you can easily find that out after you press Win + G.

When you see the recording bar if the Red dot is grayed out, that means your PC doesn’t have the hardware requirements to use the feature. But you do meet the requirements you’ll have a lot of fun using the Screencasting feature of Windows 10.

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