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How to Record High Quality HD Videos Using Screen Recording


Nowadays High Definition (HD) videos has become the standard for high quality videos. As such it makes sense that you would want to capture screen recording videos in HD too.

However as you may realize that is not as straightforward as it may seem, due to the fact that screen recording works differently from conventional videos. Understanding that is key if you want to record HD videos using it.

Set the Frame Size to a HD Resolution

To put it simply, in screen recording the resolution of the frame that you record from your screen will be the resolution of the video. Seeing as that is the case if you want to record a HD video, you need to set the frame size to a HD resolution.

At the end of the day ‘High Definition’ refers to the resolution that a video is in. Typically HD means Full HD – which is a resolution of 1080p or 1920×1080. However in some cases it is also used to refer to Standard HD – which is a resolution of 720p or 1280×720.

It is up to you to decide what HD resolution you want to record in. If you’re using a 1080p monitor you would have to record in full screen in order to record a 1080p video. Whereas if you’re using a 720p monitor you won’t be able to record in 1080p in the first place.

Some screen recorders may helpfully provide preset frame sizes for HD video. However others will not, which is why you could use Movavi Screen Recorder Studio for example as a video recorder.

Use a Good Frame Rate

Aside from the resolution, you should make sure that the frame rate is up to scratch if you want your HD video to have good quality. All HD videos should have a frame rate of at least 30 for the video to look smooth.

In some cases you may want to set the frame rate to 60 if your screen recorder allows it. The refresh rate on most monitors is 60Hz, so a frame rate of 60fps will resemble it closely.

Encode in the Right Settings

Keep in mind that recording in a HD resolution and at a high frame rate is all null and void if you don’t encode the video in the right settings.

Unsurprisingly you should make sure the resolution and frame rate that you encode it are a match for the recording parameters – and should base the video bitrate on them as well as the format that is being used. If the bitrate is too low compression artifacts will appear and affect the video quality.

If you do encode in the right settings you should be able to successfully record high quality HD videos using screen recording. As you can see it isn’t particularly complicated, and all you need to do is make sure your screen recorder is set up to record a High Definition video in the first place.