How to Record a Specific Window on Your Windows and Mac Computer

How to Record a Specific Window on Your Windows and Mac Computer

If you want to make a tutorial video of how to use a certain program, recording an active window is a better choice. There is no need to record full screen desktop video. Just select which software you want to record. Later, all activities will be recorded into a digital video.

Both Windows and Mac have the default screen recording functions. You can capture your screen for a presentation, how-to video, online courses and more with the default screen recorders. However, lacking advanced recording features is the main drawback of built-in screen recorders. If you want to add your voice, face and on-screen drawing tools into this recording video, a third-party screen video recorder is required.

Luckily, you can get 3 different ways to record a specific window on your Windows and Mac computer here. All installed programs and browsers are supported. You can record your screen of any app with sound and webcam. Just read and get more details.

Record Specific Window

Record Specific Window

Part 1: How to Record a Specific Window with Annotations

To record a specific window on a low end computer, AnyMP4 Screen Recorder is your best choice. You can record what’s going on without delay or hassle. It is highly recommended to record gameplay window. Because the desktop screen recorder minimizes the CPU, GPU and RAM usages. Your computer’s running speed will not be influenced. Meanwhile, you can add real-time drawing effects on your screen recording video.

Step 1: Free download, install and launch AnyMP4 Screen Recorder. To record a specific screen video, choose Video Recorder in the main interface.

Interface

Step 2: Hover your mouse above the active window, then click it to set the recording area. Turn on System Sound to record a specific window with sound. If you want to add your voiceover, you can turn on Microphone as well. To record yourself in this video, you can turn on Webcam too.

Choose Audio Source

Step 3: The default output video format is MP4. You can click Settings to get the Preferences window. Here you can customize output video settings and make other changes. Click OK to confirm and move on.

Output Preferences

Step 4: Click REC to start recording a specific window. You can pause and resume recording video freely. When you want to finish the screen recording, you can click the Stop button. In the Preview window, preview and trim the video file if necessary. At last, click Save to save your screen video recording.

Preview And Save Recording

Part 2: How to Record an Active Windows on Mac

QuickTime Player is a free screen recorder for all Mac users. If you use macOS Mojave and later versions, you can get one more choice. By pressing Shift, Command and 5 keys on your keyboard, you can record the entire screen or selected portion on Mac for free as well. After that, you can trim, share or save the recorded video within Mac. Considering not all Mac users update to the latest Mac OS version, this article will show you how to use QuickTime to record a specific window on Mac.

Step 1: Open QuickTime Player. Choose New Screen Recording from the File menu bar.

Step 2: Draw around the active window. Unfold the arrow next to the Record button to adjust recording settings and set input audio source.

Step 3: Click REC to start recording with QuickTime. You can click the same button to stop Mac screen recording.

Step 4: When the QuickTime recording process ends, you can play, edit or share the recording file.

Record With Quicktime

Part 3: How to Record a Specific Window on Windows 10

Xbox Game Bar is the default screen recording tool for Windows 10. You can record a video of your active window on Windows 10 for free. Game Bar is pre-installed on all Windows 10 computers. Thus, you can start recording a specific window on Windows 10 PC directly.

Step 1: Open Settings followed by Gaming and Game Bar. You can set hotkeys and other preferences or Game Bar recording.

Step 2: Navigate to the target active window. Press Windows and G keys to activate it.

Step 3: Press Windows, Alt and R keys to start recording an active window on Windows 10 quickly.

Step 4: Once the Windows 10 screen recording process ends, you can see it in the Screenshots folder.

Record On Windows 10

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Part 4: FAQs of Recording a Specific Window

Can you record any program with Windows 10 Game Bar?

No. You cannot record File Manage or other apps from the Windows Store/desktop apps with Game Bar on Windows 10.

How long can you record on your computer?

It depends on the free storage space mainly. As for Windows 10 Game Bar, the maximum recording length is 10 minutes.

How to record a specific window with OBS Studio?

Open OBS Studio. Click Settings on the lower right corner. Select the input audio source in the Audio section. Click + under Sources. Choose Window Capture and then select OK. You can see your display window appearing in the OBS dashboard. Later, you can use OBS to record a specific window for free.

Conclusion

That’s all to record a specific window on Mac and Windows. You can use 3 different tools to record any window on your computer with ease. If you still have questions about screen recording, you can feel free to contact us.

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October 12, 2020 08:00

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