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How to do video capture on windows 10 without third party

I’ll show how to do a video capture in windows 10, without installing any third party app.  It’s all integrated freely in the OS.

How already know how to take a static snapshot of your app without any third party, by sending an image to clipboard like this:

  • Print Screen Key: All your visible screens, of all monitors.
  • Alt + Print Screen Key: Copy Current app to Clipboard
  • WARNING: Alt + Shift + Print Screen = Active the “high contrast” !!!

But now, you want to do a video capture of your app.

When you search the internet for that, found lots of browser plugins and extensions, or complete apps like SnagIt or Greenshot.

Windows 10 integrates features for gamers.  One of them is the “Game Bar“.  It’s used to record your game and share it with friends on the Xbox app.

But, you can use it for other apps that are not games, like your Web Browser or even Notepad.

Instructions

Open the app you need to record, and hit Win + G key.

The bar will initialize, asking you if the app is a game.  Just click the box, and the record bar will appear.

If you use it for the first time in that app, you will need to confirm that the app is a game, even if it’s not.

Then, the record bar will appear.

Click the Record button, and now start clicking or typing in your app.

While recording, the bar is shown smaller on the right of that application.

When you have finished, click stop.

The recorded files can be accessed by the Xbox Windows10 app, or you can go to the “My Video\Captures” folder, that can be hit directly by using Win+R key, and pasting:

shell:My Video\Captures + Enter.

(that’s another hidden Windows trick) (more details…)

These captures uses the .mp4 extension, are well compressed to offer a good quality with a small file size.

This is how the final result looks like:

The small record bar is not visible in the video, even if you see by following the mouse that I click on the “stop” button at the end.

 

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