A image worth a thousand words is a popular saying. So how much would a video be worth? The truth is that describing something, such as a tutorial through a moving image is much easier and practical for both parties.
On the other hand, trying to explain a problem with a certain software is easier through the screen. This way we can ask for help and the other person will know exactly what it is about.
For these cases there is a tool capable of recording everything that happens on the screen. This purpose is used by different programs and applications. In this post we will show you some of them and how to use them in Windows 8.
Learn step by step how to record Windows 8 screen
Regrettably Windows versions 8 and 8.1 do not have a native application that can perform this task. Unlike Windows 10 in which you can use the Xbox GameBar by pressing the keys “Windows + G”. But don’t worry, if what you need is take a tutorial or describe a problem to someone else and send them screenshots and all the steps you took there is the “User action recorder”.
It is a Windows own tool which creates a fairly lightweight document that can be opened with Internet Explorer or Firefox from any other computer. This way you can use it to create your own Step by Step.
To access this utility you must follow the following instructions:
- Press the button “Start” on the keyboard.
- Within this interface, search by typing “User actions” or “Psr”.
- Press the option “Recording user actions” it is usually the first result.
- A small window horizontal with three main buttons.
- Click on “Start recording” and perform all the actions you want to include. Please note that this will show everything you see on the screen, so we recommend you pay attention to sensitive data and information.
- You can add comments with the corresponding button. When you have finalized press “Stop recording”.
- Immediately will open a document with all the actions you have taken during the process. Check it and if it is correct click on “Save” otherwise make a new recording.
- Next, choose the location where you want to store the file (ZIP), name it and press again “Save”.
This file is suitable for mailing or by other means. All the receiver has to do is open it with your Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox browser. This way you can see exactly what you did before saving the document.
List of the best programs to record Windows 8 screen
As we mentioned before, the previous one, it is a simple way to carry out a tutorial or send a situation that occurs on our computer. But nevertheless, This tool does not help us, for example, to record a video game. For this we must use third party programs.
Next, we will show you the best 5 applications so that you can record everything that happens on your screen:
It is one of the engravers of desk most used by users on different operating systems. Within its site you will find the versions compatible with Windows 8 and with the rest of the SW. Each one with its respective updates.
Among the advantages of this program we can mention the amount of possible configurations to take the video. In addition, it offers the possibility of add one webcam as well as different audio tracks. It is possible to add some animations Y transitions. That is, it has the ability to Edit the capture file.
It’s about a software just as popular as above. In the same way, it allows you to cut, copy and make different modifications to the video. It is compatible with various displays and additional microphones. Which is helpful if you want to dedicate yourself to uploading content to platforms such as Youtube. It also allows adding effects to image and sound. As well as draw on the same screen. It is an alternative of the most advisable if you want to customize your captures to the maximum.
An option with simple interface, but at the same time powerful and that it won’t consume so many resources on your computer. Screen Capturer is a free application ideal for simple tutorials and without so much post production. One of its most notable features is that it allows define screen area that will record. This way you can leave out of the video, areas you want to preserve and not include in the file.
Auto Screen Recorder
Like the previous option, this capture program allows you to select the recording area. But adding the possibility of doing it only with a specific window. It also has the option of hide the cursor mouse. Offers different output formats, as well as (basic) editing of the content.
It is the best option if what you want is record video games since the grabber is designed for this purpose. It has an optimal performance for games that use OpenGL or DirectX. The only drawback and reason why it is in last place, is that does not record audio.
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