3 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Using Screen Recording

People are starting to use screen recording more and more frequently as a tool to save content from their screens. In part that is because screen recorders nowadays are a lot more user-friendly than they used to be, making it easy and convenient to set up and start recording with them.

That being said, if you want to make sure that the videos that you record turn out as expected, there are a few common mistakes that you avoid when using screen recording:

  • Recording in a small frame

Most screen recorders will let you define the frame that you want to record from your screen – but you should be careful that you don’t record in one that is too small. The fact of the matter is that the frame will determine the video resolution, and if it is too small your video quality could suffer.

Ideally, you should be recording in as large a frame (i.e. as high a resolution) as possible. If it is an option you should maximize the size of the app window that you’re recording so that its content can be captured in a higher resolution.

  • Overlooking the aspect ratio

Another common problem with the frame is that people often overlook the fact that it will determine the aspect ratio of the final video. As a result, you could end up with a video that is letterboxed with black bars when you view it in full screen.

To avoid this problem you should try to ensure that you calculate the frame size based on the aspect ratio that you want for the video. Typically, that will mean a 16:9 aspect ratio, though in some cases you may want to use a 1:1 aspect ratio for square videos, or a 9:16 aspect ratio for vertical videos.

  • Not freeing up system resources

Recording high-quality videos from your screen will require quite a bit of system resources – so you should make it a point to free up as much of them as possible. In particular, you should close any apps and background processes that aren’t necessary.

Ultimately your goal should be to ensure that your system can run smoothly while the recording is ongoing and doesn’t load slowly or lag. If it does, you may want to try recording at a lower frame rate – though that will affect the video quality.

It should be noted that although macOS has its own screen capture tool, there are benefits to using third-party apps to record screen Mac – and the same goes for PCs too. For example, you could try Movavi Screen Recorder Studio for Mac, as it will provide you with more control over the recording parameters.

By this point, you should see how important it is to avoid the mistakes listed above and the impact they can have on your videos. Being aware of them should let you side-step the mistakes pretty easily, however, and ensure your video isn’t affected by any of them.

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