Understanding the Factors that Affect the Quality of Screen Recording Videos

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Just as with any video recording, the quality of the video footage that you capture from your screen will vary based on certain factors. The factors that affect it differ from conventional videos however, which is why it is important that you understand the part that they play.

In particular there are four main factors that will affect the quality of your screen recording videos:

  • Resolution
    The resolution that you record your video in will affect its definition and how clear it looks. It is determined by the dimensions of the frame that you capture, and its upper limit will be the full screen resolution of your display.For example if you’re using a 1080p Full HD display, the maximum resolution that you can record is 1080p – by capturing a video of the entire screen. Any smaller frame will have a lower resolution than 1080p.
  • Frame rate
    The frame rate that you record in is defined by the number of frames in each second of video. With more frames per second the movement in your video will look smoother and come across as more fluid.Although a frame rate of 30 frames per second is considered decent, the difference between 30 and 60 frames per second is very noticeable and will impact the video quality.
  • System performance
    Because screen recording will literally record everything that is on your screen, its quality can be affected by your system’s performance. If your system’s performance is slow and it stutters or lags, that will be recorded in the video.The reason the system performance is an important factor is because screen recording in itself will place additional demands on it. In fact the higher the resolution and frame rate of your recording, the more processing power will be required.
  • Encoding settings
    Ultimately the settings that you use to encode the video will have a part to play in its quality. Typically it is best to encode videos in the same resolution and frame rate that they were recorded in, and an appropriate video bitrate based on them as well as the video format.If you downscale the video resolution or reduce its frame rate not only will that reduce its quality, but it could affect it in other ways. Additionally if the bitrate is too low, compression artifacts may appear.

Based on the factors listed above you should have a better idea on how you can improve the quality of your screen recording videos. It is important that when you’re using screen recording Mac or PC the software you use will allow you to adjust the recording parameters described above, and for example you could try Movavi Screen Capture Studio for Mac.

Overall it isn’t that difficult to record high quality videos using screen recording, especially compared to conventional videos. All you need to do is make sure that you cover all your bases, and take care of each of the factors as mentioned.

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