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April 06, 2018

How to Improve the Quality of Screen Recording

Are you looking for ways that you can improve the quality of your screen recording to improve how it looks? Unlike normal camerawork, there are no real ‘techniques’ involved in improving the quality of screen recording – and instead it all boils down to how it is set up.

To be more specific, if you want your screen recording quality to be top notch, you should:

  • Increase the frame rate

Simply put, the higher the frame rate of your screen recording, the better its quality will be – especially when there is any sort of movement on-screen. The frame rate of recordings typically varies, but you should try to increase it to 60 frames per second on your video recorder for Mac or PC if that is feasible.

The only problem with increasing the frame rate is that it will mean that the file size will be larger as well, which may not be ideal in some cases. Assuming file size is a concern, you’ll need to strike a balance between the two.

  • Record in the right resolution

Similar to frame rate, as a rule the higher the resolution the better the quality of the recording – with one caveat: If your resolution is higher than the resolution the video is going to be displayed in, it will be wasted.

What that means is that you should record at as high a resolution as you can, unless you know the resolution that the video is going to be displayed in. If that is the case, then you should use that resolution instead.

  • Don’t forget the audio

It is easy to forget that in most cases your screen recording is likely to consist of both audio and video – especially if you’re recording a voiceover. Often the quality of the voiceover can leave much to be desired, and drag down the overall quality of the screen recording.

While it is tricky to record high quality audio, as a starting point you should invest in a high quality microphone. On top of that it would help to make sure there is as little background noise as possible, or record the voiceover later and add it to the video in the post-processing stage.

  • Export the video with the right settings

It may surprise you to know that a lot of screen recording videos are recorded with great quality, but when they’re exported the wrong settings are used. In particular you’ll want to make sure that you use the native frame rate of the recording, the same resolution, and a bit rate that is appropriate.

Additionally keep in mind that if you’re encoding the video using compression it could cause a loss of quality – though in most cases it won’t be that noticeable.

That should cover everything you need to know to ensure that your screen recording quality is beyond reproach. As you can see, it really boils down to the parameters that you use when you record and encode the video – so be sure to pay attention to them closely.

About the Author: Caroll Perce uses screen recording regularly to create how-to guides and tutorials. He takes pride in being able to create high quality videos by setting up his screen recording carefully.

Edited by Mandi Nowitz
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