If you’ve used screen recording in the past, you probably know how useful it is. It is relatively easy to set up as well, and in most cases it should only take a few minutes for you to start recording the video that you need.

That being said a bit of preparation can go a long way when you’re recording videos using screen recording, and you should try the following tips the next time that you do:

Clean the parts that are going to be recorded

As far as possible you should try to keep the parts of your screen that you’re going to be recording as clean as you can. That includes the desktop, taskbar, system tray, or any other areas that you have control over.

For the desktop you can move icons that aren’t needed into a separate folder, and for the taskbar you can simply close any programs that aren’t going to be part of the recording. On top of that you can customize the icons that are visible in the system tray to make it look cleaner too.

Aside from that you should look for any other parts that you can clean up. If you’re just recording a program window you may not have much control over its contents, but if you do – clean it.

Free up system resources

Screen recording will require system resources, and it is a good idea to free up as much of yours as possible. Closing programs that you don’t need is a good start – but you should also close any background processes that aren’t required as well. That can be done in the Window’s Task Manager or the macOS Activity Monitor.

Every extra bit of available system resources can make a difference – especially if you’re recording videos at a high resolution and frame rate, or if you’re capturing an app (or game) that requires considerable system resources as well.

Customize the settings in your screen recorder

Most screen recorders have lots of settings that you can customize, and you should take advantage of that. In particular you will want to pay close attention to the settings that may influence the video quality of your recording.

A good place to start is to adjust the capture frame so that it is as large as possible – while maintaining the right aspect ratio. That will improve the resolution of the video that you record.

Aside from that you should also increase the frame rate if it is an option, so that you can make your video look more fluid when it is played.

The tips listed above should help you to prepare to record your screen – irrespective of the screen recorder that you’re actually using. That being said some screen recorders may give you more control over the recorder parameters and settings, and for example you can try Movavi Screen Recorder Studio if you need a screen recorder for Windows with lots of customization options.

Although none of the tips are particularly complicated, the impact they will have on your videos can be profound. In the long run you’ll end up with videos that look far better and benefit from the minute or two that it will take you to prepare to record a video from your screen.

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