How to Improve the Video Quality of Screen Recording
by Edward Parker
Screen recording can be a great tool to save the content from your screen or create content of your own. However often the quality of the videos that you record may not live up to your expectations.
If you want to start to improve the video quality of screen recording, there are several areas you should look at and steps that you should take.
To start improving the video quality, you should first look at the recording parameters that you’re using to capture videos from your screen. In particular, you will want to:
- Record at a higher resolution by increasing the size of the frame that you record. If possible you should maximize the window or run the app that you’re recording in full screen so that you can record it in the highest resolution possible to improve its definition.
- Increase the frame rate so that the video looks smooth and fluid. At a minimum, you should record at a frame rate of 30 frames per second, though increasing it to 60 can make the video look closer to what you see on your screen – seeing as it will be closer to the refresh rate of most monitors.
It should be noted that your ability to adjust the recording parameters will depend on the screen recorder that you use to record your screen. Some, such as Movavi Screen Recorder Studio, will provide you with full control over the recording parameters – but others will not.
In short, you should try to make sure you use a screen recorder that does let you make adjustments.
Capturing videos using screen recording is processor-intensive, and can affect your system performance while it is ongoing. That, in turn, can affect the video quality directly, because it will affect the content that you’re recording from your screen.
The system performance is a factor that is of particular concern if you’re performing other resource-demanding tasks such as playing videos or running certain apps and games. While there is a hardware-based limit to how much you can improve your system’s performance, the following steps can help:
- Close any software and background processes that aren’t being used to prevent them from taking up system resources.
- Turn off any visual effects that your operating system may use, such as the >visual effects in Windows 10.
- Update your drivers to take advantage of any performance updates that may be present.
Aside from that if you still find that the performance is an issue, you may need to record at a lower resolution and frame rate – or upgrade your system hardware. If you do upgrade your system hardware, a good place to start would be switching to an SSD and increasing the amount of RAM if it is too low.
The settings that you use to encode the video after it has recorded can play a part in its quality as well. It is best to encode the video with the same parameters that it was recorded in – both in terms of the resolution and frame rate.
Additionally, the video bitrate should be based on both those parameters, as well as the format that is used. Some screen recorders will set the bitrate automatically, but if you notice issues such as compression artifacts – you may want to increase it.
All in all, you should know what to focus on to improve the quality of screen recording videos by now. The one other area that you may want to look into is the audio quality – but only if you are recording external audio via a microphone or some other device.
Aside from that recording high-quality screen recording videos is really quite straightforward. Be sure to try each of the steps listed above, and see how they affect the quality of your videos the next time you record one.