Note : Requires ‘Genuine Windows Advantage’ and installation from an Admin group account.
It is easy to setup a session to “capture screen”. You can do it silently, but I think audio recording of a microphone adds immensely to the recoding. Most laptops come with built in microphones. Desktop machines invariably have a microphone input on their audio card. For desktop machines you should acquire a simple microphone. Using your microphone as default audio device lets you narrate your recording as you go along.
Once Encoder is installed and a microphone present, you should experiment a little to determine what fidelity level works for you. For my Toshiba Portege M200, I concluded that recording at the “medium” fidelity level worked best. When I recorded at the “high” fidelity level on the M200, the experience was much worse and the recording far jerkier. If you have a high power, multi-cpu, desktop machine then maybe record with high fidelity.
Remember the Encoder is recording video, not computer screens. Lower screen resolutions will provide cleaner, better video.
I recommend setting resolution to something low like 768 x 1024.
It takes less than 1MB/Minute at medium. So a 4 hour non-stop test session would be < ¼ GB.
Typically capture specific browser window (unless multiple windows needed to demo problem. Check "Capture audio from the default audio device" if you have a microphone. I like flash border to remind me (but it can get annoying).
- Choose a filename for your recording session.
- Medium (for low power, low res machine) or high (for high power, high res machine)
- Throw in a title and author — YOU!
- I usually click "begin capturing screens when I click Finish". Alternative do the "start encoding" on the main Encoder window.
- Click on Media Encoder in the bar on the bottom
- Clock stop encoding (Picture 2 below)
- I usually don’t bother saving sessions, but you might.
- Use Movie Maker to edit into clips as needed (Start button All programs Accessories Windows Movie Maker)