Record a New Video


First time using TechSmith Capture? No problem. Learn how to quickly create screencasts and webcam videos.

About TechSmith Capture

TechSmith Capture delivers the simple, straightforward video creation experience our users have been asking for. Highlights include:

  • Videos that are ready for viewing immediately after upload
  • The ability to record specific regions of your screen, as well as full-frame webcam videos (and even switch between the two while recording!)
  • Lightweight installation on any machine - no admin rights required
  • Launch a new recording directly from your LMS

First Launch

To get started, click on the Launch Capture button in the TechSmith Relay website, or in your LMS.
Launch capture button

​The first time you attempt to launch TechSmith Capture, you'll be prompted to Download TechSmith Capture to your local machine.
Download TechSmith Capture

Look for the .exe file (Windows) or .dmg file (Mac) in your system Downloads folder or in your web browser. Here's what it looks like in Windows Chrome, for example:
Install TechSmith Capture

Double-click on the .exe or .dmg file to begin the installation process. After you've installed the app, return to the TechSmith Relay site and click Launch Capture again. This time, and every time after this, TechSmith Capture will open on your machine when you click the Launch Capture button:
TechSmith Capture App


Capturing Audio

Audio is a crucial part of any video. TechSmith Capture can capture system audio as well as audio from a single microphone.

Select a Microphone

Choose an available microphone from your list of available devices.
Select audio for TechSmith Capture

If you need to toggle your microphone on or off during recording, use the microphone icon in the recording controls.
TechSmith Relay Recorder controls with mouse over Microphone icon

System Audio
To record the audio that you hear playing back on your computer, enable the Record System Audio switch. Note that you can record both system audio and narration from a single microphone at the same time.
Record system audio


Recording a Webcam (optional)

TechSmith Capture can record full-frame webcam video. This feature is great for personal intro videos or for showing off a little bit of your human side in between slides. You can record a webcam-only video, or toggle back and forth between webcam and screen content during recording.

Select a Webcam

  1. Click the webcam selector.
    Select webcam
  2. Select an available webcam preview.
    Select available webcam

Before or during recording, click the webcam icon in the recording controls to toggle the webcam on or off. Keep in mind that what you see on your screen is what will be recorded in your final video.
Microphone icon in the TechSmith Relay Recorder controls


  • During recording, the recording controls may be displayed on a second monitor, if you have one.
  • If you record full-screen on a single monitor, look for the mini-controls in the lower-right corner of your screen to pause, resume, toggle your webcam, etc.
    Mini controls when recording full screen

Recording Your Screen

TechSmith Capture records all screen action on a single monitor, or a sub-region of that monitor. This is great for recording slideshows, websites, or anything else you can show on a computer screen. 

Select a Screen Area to Record
  1. Choose between Region or Fullscreen recording.
    Select region or full screen

    Note: If you have multiple monitors, choosing "Fullscreen" will always record your primary monitor. Check your system settings to determine - or change - which of of your displays is considered the primary display.
  2. Click Record.
    Click Record
  3. If you chose Region as your screen area, yellow crosshairs will appear. Use the crosshairs to drag out a specific recording region on your screen.
    Region selection of a slideshow

    Tip: If you chose Region as your screen area, you'll also see a small Fullscreen button near the top of your screen.
    Fullscreen button at the top of a computer screen'

    Clicking this button will select your entire screen. For this reason, you may find it easiest to always select "Region" as your screen area when starting a new recording, as it easily lets you change your mind and record fullscreen on the fly.

Once you're happy with your screen recording area, click the Record button on the recording controls.
Record button on the recorder controls

If you need to re-select the screen area before recording, click the Start Over button.
Start Over button on the Recorder controls


Pausing and Stopping Recordings

To take a short break while making your video, use the Pause button to temporarily stop recording.
Pause button on the Recorder controls

When you're ready to go again, click the Record button to resume.
Record button on the Recorder controls

When you're all done recording, click the Stop button.
Stop button on the Recorder controls

Preview Your Recording

After you finish recording your video, it opens in the Preview Window and begins to play back. We recommend at least checking to make sure you've captured audio at an sufficient volume. From here you can Upload your video to TechSmith Relay, or Cancel your recording if it didn't turn out quite right.
Recording Preview


Other Notes

Locating the TechSmith Capture App

If you have multiple windows open on your desktop and are having trouble locating the TechSmith Capture app, check your taskbar (Windows) or dock (Mac) for a yellow TechSmith Capture icon. Clicking this icon should bring TechSmith Capture to the front of your open apps and windows.
Taskbar icon

Updating the TechSmith Capture App

When a new version of TechSmith Capture is available, it will download and install silently in the background. If you ever want to be sure you have the latest version, use the Download option from the launch tab, and re-install the app from your Downloads folder.
Download and update TechSmith Capture



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