Record More (or Less) than the Main Monitor

Want to record more (or less) than the main monitor? Learn about the available screen options and how to record the full desktop or just a portion of it.

See the following topics for more information:

Screen Video Source Options

For the main video source, you can select from screen, camera, or both. You have the following options to record from screen:

  • Screen (Primary Monitor): Record the desktop of the monitor set as the primary monitor.
  • Screen (Entire Desktop): Record the desktop of all monitors connected to the computer.
  • Screen (Region): Select and record a portion of the desktop.

Some things to remember:

  • The more monitors you record, the larger the recording file size.
  • Windows Media Player may have issues with playing videos with a resolution larger than 1600 x 1200. This will apply to most recordings of multiple monitors. You can scale these recordings during highlight video production in Morae Manager.
  • If you choose to record only a region of the entire desktop, make sure that the region includes all activity that you want to record. Video and data are only collected from the selected region.
  • Once you start recording, you cannot distinguish a recording region from the rest of the desktop of the computer running Recorder.
  • When you record a region, Observers can see only the selected region.
  • If you have multiple monitors, but only want to record from one that is not the main monitor, use Screen (Region) and select the desktop of only one monitor.

Select a Region

To record only a portion of the full computer desktop, choose to record any rectangular Region of the desktop.

You may want to record a region for any of the following reasons:

  • You want to capture one monitor that is not the primary monitor.
  • You want to capture an area that spans more than one monitor but do not want to record the entire desktop.
  • You are only interested in what happens in one area of the desktop, possibly in one application. (Saves file size while recording at full size.)

To record a region:

  1. Open Recorder.
  2. Select Screen (Region) in the Main video source dropdown list.
  3. Define the rest of the study configuration.
  4. Click the Record button. The Region Selection dialog box opens.
    Select a recording region.
  5. Modify the selected region by:
    • Click and drag the corners of the region box.
    • Click the center of the region to move the entire region.
    • Click Select Region in the Region Selection dialog box. Click and drag to select a region.
  6. After you select the correct region, click Record in the Region Selection dialog box to begin recording.
Title Category Level Format
000 - Getting Started 1: Morae Overview Getting Started I Video
001 - Getting Started 2: Recorder Getting Started I Video
002 - Getting Started 3: Observer Getting Started I Video
003 - Getting Started 4: Manager Getting Started I Video
004 - Analyze Session Data Analyze I Video
005 - Audio Notes Share III Written
006 - Change the Communication Port in Observer Observer III Written
007 - Choose and Designate the Task Logger Setup II Written
008 - Choose the Recorder Computer Name or IP Address Observer II Written
009 - Configure Wii™ Remote for Logging Setup III Written
010 - Connect Observer to Recorder Observer II Written
011 - Convert Morae Recording Files (RDG) to AVI or WMV Share III Written
012 - Create a Custom Graph Analyze II Written
013 - Create a Highlight Video Share II Written
014 - Create and Organize a Project Analyze II Written
015 - Create a Report with the Add-In for Word Share II Written
016 - Create a Table of Contents Share II Written
017 - Create a Test Recording Setup II Written
018 - Create Session Handouts Setup II Written
019 - Create Video Clips Analyze II Written
020 - Customize Observer for Your Session Observer II Written
021 - Define Recording Details Setup II Written
022 - Define Study Details Setup II Written
023 - Deliver Surveys with Observer Surveys II Written
024 - Documentation Documentation I Written
025 - Export to PowerPoint Share II Written
026 - Export Videos to Share II Written
027 - Finalize Observer Session Observer II Written
028 - How to Choose the Recording Compression Record III Written
029 - Log in Observer Log II Written
030 - Log in Recorder Log II Written
031 - Log with a Wii™ Remote Log III Written
032 - Marker Logging Log II Video/Written
033 - Merge Studies Analyze III Written
034 - Normalize Storyboard Audio Share II Written
035 - Record Automated Sessions with Autopilot Record II Video/Written
036 - Recorder Start and Stop Options Record II Written
037 - Record More (or Less) than the Main Monitor Record II Written
038 - Search for Data in Recordings Analyze II Written
039 - Search Profiles Analyze II Written
040 - Select Video and Audio Sources for Recording Record II Written
041 - Set Recorder Preferences Setup II Written
042 - Set up an AutoPilot Test Setup II Written
043 - Share Highlight Videos Share II Written
044 - Tasks in Manager Analyze II Written
045 - Task Logging Log II Written
046 - Template Study Configurations Setup II Written
047 - Troubleshooting Observer to Recorder Connection Issues Observer II Written
048 - Using Chat to Communicate with Stakeholders Observer I Written
049 - Video Delay in Observer Observer III Written
050 - View Search Results in the Chart View Analyze II Written
051 - View Survey Answers Analyze II Written
052 - View Your Notes and Markers Following a Session Observer II Written