3 Bad Mistakes to Avoid When Using Screen Recording


In recent years screen recording has become much more accessible than it once was. Not only has the software that facilitates it become more user-friendly, but screen recording tools have started to be packaged into some operating systems such as macOS Mojave and iOS 11.

Even Windows 10 has a built-in screen recorder of sorts, though it is hidden from view.


As much as it is easier than ever to use screen recording, you may find that the videos you record leave quite a lot to be desired. More often than not that is because of several common mistakes that beginners tend to make:

  • Recording videos from a very small frame

Most screen recorders will let you adjust the recording frame and record a specific area of your screen. However as much as it may seem like a good idea to make the frame smaller and only record the part of your screen that you’re interested in – that will affect the video quality.

Simply put the dimensions of the frame will determine the resolution of the video that you record. Because of that if you record in a small frame you’ll end up with a low resolution video that has poor definition.

Instead of reducing the size of the recording frame, you should try to maximize the app or window that you’re recording – and record in a larger frame with a higher resolution.

  • Leaving too many apps open

Recording videos from your screen requires significant system resources. Because of that if you leave too many apps open that take up system resources of their own – it could affect the performance of your computer.

Overall it is best to close any unnecessary apps before starting to use screen recording. Additionally you should monitor your system resources and computer performance while the recording is ongoing.

  • Recording unwanted footage in the first and last few seconds

Many screen recording videos contain unwanted footage right after starting to record the video, and right before ending it. Typically this is because on-screen controls are used, which is why the best way to avoid the mistake is to use hotkeys instead.

In some software you may have other options that you can use as well. For example you may be able to delay the start of the recording by a few seconds, or you could trim out the unwanted footage after the recording is done.

Learning how to record your screen on Windows will be relatively easy if you use Movavi Screen Recorder Studio. It will let you control the recording parameters, automate the recording, and has its own built-in editor that you can use to trim, enhance, and improve your videos in other ways too.

At the end of the day if you avoid the mistakes listed above when using screen recording you should end up with better videos. Now that you’re aware of some of the more common bad mistakes, it should be simple enough to sidestep them completely.

TUT Staff
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