When a screenshot isn’t enough, record video to quickly and clearly get your point across. Use Snagit videos to demonstrate a process, record a quick information shareout to your team, or provide design feedback.
Record a Video
In the Capture window, select the Video tab. To learn about the settings on this tab, see Video Capture Settings.
Click the Capture button or press Print Screen (Windows) or Control+Shift+C (Mac).
The orange crosshairs appear. Click and drag to select the area to record on the screen or click the Fullscreen button to select the entire screen. For more information about selecting the recording area, see Recording Dimensions (Resolution).
To edit the selected area, complete any of the following:
Drag the handles to adjust the selection.
Type custom dimensions in pixels in the Width and Height fields.
Click within the highlighted area and drag the selection to the desired screen location.
The Video Recording toolbar appears.
Click a button on the toolbar to turn the option on or off before or during recording:
Webcam: Record live video from the connected or built-in webcam. Click the dropdown to select the camera device and Picture-in-Picture or Fullscreen webcam options. See Record a Picture-in-Picture Video.
Capture Cursor: Record your cursor while screen recording. Click the dropdown to turn the cursor effects on or off.
Note: On Mac, you can turn cursor effects on or off during recording, but not the cursor capture.
System Audio: Record the sound from your computer such as application alerts or the audio playing from your computer speakers.
Microphone audio: Record the audio from your computer’s built-in microphone or from a connected USB microphone. Click the dropdown to select a device.
To begin recording, click the Record button or press Shift+F9 (Windows) or Command+Shift+Space (Mac).
Note: A three-second countdown appears before recording starts. You can disable or enable Show video countdown in Capture Preferences. See Snagit Preferences.
To highlight important information as you record, click the Screen Draw button and select the desired drawing tool. To learn more see Screen Draw.
To pause recording, click the Pause button or press Shift+F9 (Windows) or Command+Shift+Space (Mac).
To stop the recording, click the Stop button or press Shift+F10 (Windows) or Option+Shift+V (Mac).
To create quality videos, consider the recording dimensions before you start recording. It is important to select the appropriate dimensions for where you plan to share the video with your audience. Snagit provides several ways to select the appropriate dimensions.
Select the Video Recording Area
Snagit offers the flexibility to record various dimensions. Frame the screen content by selecting a recording area that only includes the relevant screen content.
Click the Fullscreen button.
Hover the cursor over the window to record.
An orange border appears around the window. Click to select.
Click and drag to select an area on the screen. To lock the selection to a specific aspect ratio:
16:9: Hold Control (Windows) or Shift (Mac) and drag.
4:3 (Windows only): Hold Shift and drag.
Click and drag to select an area on the screen.
The toolbar appears. Enter the custom dimensions into the Width and Height fields.
Click and drag to move the selected recording area to the desired location on the screen.
Snagit’s video guides show standard or recommended dimensions (up to 1920×1080) for common video sharing destinations such as YouTube, websites, and mobile devices. Available video guides are:
If you plan to share your video to a location that requires specific video dimensions, it is recommended to record at these dimensions or at the same aspect ratio as the recommended dimensions.
When selecting an area to record, press G to turn the video selection guides on or off.
Click and drag to select the recording area. As you drag the cursor near one of the standard dimensions, the guide dimly appears.
Continue to drag the cursor until the selection border highlights to match the guide.
Note: This tutorial is for Snagit version 2024. Previous versions may look or function differently.
To check your version, select Help menu (Windows) or Snagit menu (Mac) > About Snagit.