4 Interesting Ways to Use Screen Recorders

ft5gt54g5As you can guess from their name, a screen recorder is essentially a type of software that is used to record video footage from your screen. Over the years it has largely been associated with the creation of ‘how to’ guides and tutorials because it is innately suited to helping to show how to perform a particular task on a computer using the on-screen footage.

Because of how frequently it is used for guides and tutorials, many people automatically tend to assume that is the only way it can be useful. Nothing could be further from the truth, however, and the fact of the matter is there are actually tons of ways in which screen recorders could be useful. Out of those, 4 of the most interesting are to use them to:

  • Save video calls and conferences

Nowadays there are several popular video call and conferencing apps, the most iconic of which is undoubtedly Skype. While these apps provide a slew of features, none of them really allow you to ‘save’ video calls or conferences so that you can go over them later on. In some cases that can an impediment, especially if you use video calls or conferences to conduct business meetings and would like to refer to the content of those meetings later on. However by using a screen recorder to record and save these meetings from your screen, you can overcome that issue.

  • Record livestreams and webinars

A lot of content nowadays is streamed live, which means that it can be watched for a limited time only after which it will disappear – such as on Facebook Live, Twitch, and so on. Rather than miss out on this content, you could use a screen recorder to capture it directly from your screen, and some will even let you schedule the recording so you don’t need to manually start and stop it.

  • Create more detailed bug reports

From time to time you may encounter a bug in a particular app or even your operating system itself. Trying to describe the steps that need to be taken to reproduce the bug in order to get help may be challenging, but if you record a short video where you reproduce it yourself – you can share that video as part of your bug report. Needless to say, this will make for a more detailed report, and will enable you to get the help you need.

  • Save online streaming videos

Streaming videos can be found practically everywhere nowadays, from platforms such as YouTube and Vimeo to social media such as Facebook, or even video-on-demand services such as Netflix. The popularity of streaming videos is easy to see, as it allows you to watch videos immediately rather than having to wait for them to download. As much as streaming videos is convenient, in most cases they also have one drawback: You need to be online every time that you want to watch them. According to Filmora, a wide majority of platforms (over 80%) won’t let you ‘save’ or ‘download’ streaming videos, which can be less than ideal. If you want to save online streaming videos so that you can watch them later or send them to others, the easiest way is by recording them from your screen.

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Why is Movavi Screen Capture a good option?

Although it may not sound that easy, with Movavi Screen Capture for Mac it is actually a piece of cake to start recording your screen. Essentially Movavi software will let you capture streaming video on Mac or livestreams, save Skype calls, or even create bug reports by just setting it so that it records the area of your screen where the video is playing, and the system audio too.

Because of how user-friendly it is you won’t have any trouble with that, and you can draw a capture frame directly onto your screen by clicking and dragging the mouse cursor. After that, all you need to do is make sure the appropriate icon is highlighted to record the system audio.

Make no mistake if you feel like adjusting any of the other recording parameters you could do so, though it is not strictly necessary in this case. For example, Movavi will let you set the frame rate, sound levels, and choose whether or not you want to capture any keyboard and mouse actions. That last feature can be especially useful, especially if you’re creating bug reports and want to show the keyboard and mouse actions that may have been involved in it.

In any case, when you are ready you can proceed to record the streaming video by manually controlling the recording using the on-screen interface or the hotkeys that Movavi Screen Capture provides. If you aren’t free to manually control the recording, you can use the scheduler to do so automatically by either setting a specific time to start and stop the recording, or a timer for the duration to stop it after.

On occasion, you may inadvertently record some additional video, in which case after the recording is done you can trim it out with Movavi software. After you’re satisfied, you can then save it in a video format of your choice or with the help of one of the presets that will automatically optimize it for a particular device or platform.

While you may have little or no experience using screen recorders, with Movavi Screen Capture it won’t take you very long to familiarize yourself with its features and use it to record any online streaming videos you need. Once you do, you will be able to save them at any time in the future – regardless of the platform that they come from.

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