Record Screen Activity: Take Screen shots or Full motion Recording
Which recording mode do you need when recording screen? It depends on what kind of activity on the screen you want to record. For recording the actions on standard applications or desktop, Take screen shots recording is nice; it only records the mouse movements and keystrokes as the key frames and organize them as a movie. For recording all changes happen on screen, full motion recording is the right option. And Manual recording mode enables users to take the wanted screen shots with the pre-set hotkeys manually. From this article, you'll learn which recording mode do you need when recording screen in DemoCreator. Here you can:
After selecting the recording area, you can start your screen recording with the default recording mode. As there are three recording modes in DemoCreator: Take screenshots, Full motion recording and Manual, you can also select another recording mode and do some advanced settings before your recording.
Take Screen Shots:
This recording mode works great at recording the operating on standard applications like MS Word, Excel or Internet Explorer, without many of animations and moving images involved. This mode will do very little impact on your PCs performance when recording. With this option, you can record more actions like cursor movement and keystroke and edit them later. Furthermore, you can generate Auto-text to illustrate your screen recording.
The recording movie is divided as multiple slides, and slides are generated based on the mouse clicks and keystrokes. Basically, one mouse click or a series of keystrokes is a single slide. So each slide lasts only a few seconds. It is easy for you to add and edit various objects for your recording.
You can drag and drop the slides to change the show order, and you may modify the length of the slides in the time line, but if you don't plan it carefully it may cause some synchronization problem between video and audio as the audio clips are also divided based on slides. It is recommended that you record your narration with the Audio Editor for each slide after editing the slides and there is no more modification to the time line. If there is no audio or you don't need synchronized audio in the recording, it is free to modified the editing objects and the time line.
Full motion recording:
Full motion recording will record the real changes on your screen. So it can be used to record all quick changes like drag and drop, screen resizing, animated GIFs, or even full motion movies. It records many frames in a second and combines them as a movie.
Your may change the capture rate to meet your needs: Low frame rate makes file size smaller, but the demo would not be that fluent; High frame rate makes the demo more fluent, but the file size can be large; Medium frame rate can satisfy needs of most screen recordings.
By checking the feature of Auto Pan in the full motion recording settings, the recording area will follow your mouse movement to move around the screen from side-to-side or up and down while retaining the same size.
Recording a large area (e.g. full screen) with full motion recording mode needs to collect a lot of data and it may consume much resource of the computer. To improve the recording effect, you can do some settings to optimize the computer performance.
If you are going to capture full motion video, disable your computer's hardware acceleration beforehand. That will make your computer runs more smoothly in recording. There is a screencast to show you how to disable hardware acceleration:
This recording mode allows users to take a a series of wanted pictures and make them a slide show. It is quite useful when users only want to capture the information they need on the screen. Press F7 while recording to take screen shot. And you may change the hotkey if you like.
A basic rule is that if there are many quick changes on the desktop that you think they are important and you want to show them in the demo, Full motion recording can be your right option. But if you want a smaller streaming movie and more auto-generated callouts to illustrate your screen recording, Take screen shots recording mode can fit your needs better. To show the necessary quick changes but also reduce the file size, you can combine the two recording modes together by recording additional slides or importing the existing project.