Narrate videos you record on your PC
What you need: Captura; Any Windows version (XP to 10) Time required: 25 minutes
Inprevious issues, we’ve covered several programs that let you record what you do on your PC as a video. Free program Captura stands out because it also lets you narrate your PC problem using your webcam, letting you describe things in greater detail. Unlike other programs we’ve featured, Captura won’t leave watermarks on your video, bother you with adverts or limit the length of video you can create. It also lets you take screenshots quickly and easily.
To install the program, go to www.snipca.com/25532, click the Download button at the top, then open and run the downloaded setup file (it doesn’t contain any junk). Click OK 1 if you see a pop-up message saying you can’t use the program’s default hotkeys (keyboard shortcuts). This occurs if any of your other programs are using the same hotkeys – we’ll show you how to create your own in Step 4. The program has four tabs 2 with several options.
In the Video section, you can choose to record audio only, the full screen 1 , a particular area of your screen or a program window. Your selection will determine the options in the dropdown menu next to it 2 . For example, if you select Window, you can then choose from any program currently open on your PC in the right-hand dropdown menu. Click the webcam dropdown menu and select your PC’S webcam 3 (it will then switch on 4 ). In the Audio section, select your PC’S microphone 5 .
The three icons at the top 1 let you include your cursor in the video, highlight mouse clicks and enter any explanatory text. By default, the program saves your screenshots and videos to a new Captura folder in the Documents folder. You can open this folder by clicking the folder icon 2 . If you want to save videos and screenshots to another folder, click the three dots at the bottom 3 , navigate to the folder you want, then click Select Folder.
Click the Configure tab 1 to see tickboxes to minimise the program when you start recording and show system-tray notifications on your screenshot or recording. Next, click Hotkeys 2 . Here, you can set your own hotkeys to start, stop, pause and resume the recording, and take different types of screenshots. To change a default hotkey, click its button 3 , then press the key combination you want to use. You can turn off these hotkeys by unticking the relevant boxes. The Recent tab 4 lists all videos and screenshots you create using Captura.
To start recording a video, go to the Main tab 1 , then click the Record button 2 . If you don’t have Ffmpeg installed, you’ll see a window asking you to download it. Captura needs this software to work. Click ‘Download Ffmpeg’ 3 , then Start Download. When that’s done, close the pop-up window. Now click the Record button to make your recording and begin the timer 4 . You can pause/resume 5 the recording if needed. Click the Record button again to stop the recording (you can also use the hotkeys you set up in Step 4 to start, pause, resume and end the recording).
You’ll see a system-tray notification telling you that the video has been saved 1 . Click this to watch the video in your PC’S default media player. You can also click the folder icon 2 to navigate to the relevant folder, then watch your video. The default settings worked fine for us but if you notice your recording is not clear enough, try adjusting the three sliders 3 in the Main tab or changing the video format to AVI 4 .
To take screenshots, first adjust the dropdown menus in the Video section. For example, to take a screenshot of an open program/tool window, set the first dropdown menu to Window 1 , then select the program/tool 2 . In the Screenshot section 3 , you can choose your save location and screenshot image format (though we recommend the default settings). Click the Camera icon 4 (or press the screenshot hotkey you created in Step 4) to take your screenshot. This will appear as a system-tray notification 5 . Click to open it in your default photo-viewing program. ●
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