Over time screen recording software has become far more user-friendly than it once was, and many of the software nowadays are extremely easy to use. That being said if you’re new to it all you’re still bound to make mistakes along the way.
Some of the mistakes that you make may be small and negligible. However others will affect the quality of your video, and you will want to avoid the more common of those:
- Setting a recording frame size that is too small
It may seem like a good idea to only record a small frame from your screen if you’re only interested in that part of it. But because the video resolution is based on the frame size, that will result in a video that has a low resolution.
To avoid this you should make it a point to record in as large a frame as possible – and maximize apps or windows that you record to take advantage of your screen’s resolution.
- Recording in the wrong aspect ratio
The dimensions of the frame also affect another area: The video’s aspect ratio. If you don’t use the right aspect ratio based on the display or platform it will be viewed on, it may end up being letterboxed or pillarboxed.
Suffice to say you should decide on the aspect ratio you need your video to be in, and set the frame accordingly.
- Ignoring the mouse cursor
If you ignore the mouse cursor it may appear in the video unintentionally, and that can be very distracting. It is best to make sure the mouse cursor stays hidden at all times – unless there is a reason why you want viewers to see it.
In such cases you may even want to make the mouse cursor more noticeable – by highlighting it.
- Not using hotkeys to control the recording
Hotkeys don’t just provide you with an easy way to control the recording – but they actually help avoid unnecessary footage from being recorded. If you don’t use hotkeys and manually click to start and stop recording, there will invariably be a few seconds of unwanted video at the start and end of all the footage you capture.
Considering all you need to do is learn the hotkeys to use – it is definitely a mistake you should avoid.
If you want to give screen recording a try you could use Movavi Screen Recorder. It is easy to set up, and you just need to follow the steps at www.movavi.com/support/how-to/how-to-convert-swf-to-mp4.html. Not only is it user-friendly but it will let you control all the recording parameters, and has features to capture webcam video, automate the recording, and record keyboard and mouse actions too.
By avoiding the more common mistakes listed above, you should find that your video quality benefits from it. It is safe to say that you may make other mistakes along the way too however, and you should try to learn from each one and not repeat it again.