Nowadays it is relatively easy to use screen recording, in no small part due to how user-friendly the software tends to be. However there are still some common mistakes that are often made, and that can affect the quality of the video and its appearance.
If you’re going to be using screen recording and want to record high quality and impressive videos, it is important to know what these mistakes are – and how to avoid them:
- Recording a frame that is too small
Most screen recorders will let you adjust and record a small frame from your screen. While that is all well and good you should be aware that the frame that you capture will be the resolution of the video – so if it is small you can expect the video resolution to be low.
To avoid this from being an issue all you need to do is make it a point to record in a larger frame. In fact if possible it would be best to maximize the window that you’re recording and capture it in full screen.
- Forgetting about the aspect ratio
In addition to the resolution of the frame that you record – its aspect ratio is also important. The aspect ratio of your frame should be based on the aspect ratio of the display or platform that it will be viewed on.
For example if you’re recording for a standard HD widescreen you should record in 16:9, however if you’re recording a video for Instagram you should use 1:1. By making sure you use the right aspect ratio, you can avoid ‘letterboxing’ the video or distorting it when it is stretched to fit.
- Not accounting for keyboard actions
Mouse actions can be seen quite clearly in screen recording videos, but keyboard actions cannot. That can be a problem, especially if you are creating a video that requires users to follow your actions.
The best way to fix this problem is to use third-party tools that can display keyboard actions on-screen so that they can be recorded. Alternatively you could learn how to record video on Mac using Movavi Screen Recorder Studio for Mac, for example, as it has a built-in feature to display keyboard actions.
- Accidentally recording unwanted footage at the start or end
Many unedited screen recording videos all have the same problem: A few seconds of video at the start or end that show the recording being started or stopped respectively.
While it isn’t going to ‘break’ the video – those few seconds can make it look unprofessional and more of an amateur production. If you want to avoid that, the only real way is to trim out the offending parts.
Overall you should be able to avoid most of the mistakes listed above without much difficulty. Now that you understand how they could potentially affect your video, you should also have a firm grasp on just how important it is that you do what you can to avoid them.