Do you want to be the next PewDiePie or Markiplier? Do you think the world needs to see your Minecraft masterpieces? Or do you just want to record your games for fun? You’ve come to the right place. Check out the ways you can easily record games for free.
Recording Gaming Footage on Windows or macOS
These two popular operating systems come with free, user-friendly screen recording apps right out of the box! They’re easy to use, even for beginners.
Record Games on Windows
Windows 10 comes equipped with the Game Bar. There’s no need to download any software. Just follow these simple steps to record your gaming sessions:
- Open your game.
- On your keyboard, press the Windows key + G to open the Game Bar.
- Check the “Yes, this is a game” checkbox that appears.
- Click on the round recording button, or press Win + Alt+ R to start recording.
- If you want to record narration, click on the microphone button beside the recording button.
- Once you’re done, click on the stop button. You can also just press Win+ Alt + R again.
- Open your Videos folder. Then, go through the Captures subfolder. This is where your videos get automatically saved.
- Want to do some trimming? Click on the Edit button (it looks like a pencil). This lets you do quick edits on your video.
Bonus tip: Make sure to switch on Do Not Disturb to avoid unwanted notifications in the middle of your recording. Nothing is more frustrating than getting a notification for spam email just as you take that perfect shot in the latest Call of Duty!
Record Games on macOS
Do you prefer gaming on a Mac? Well, there’s no need to splurge on fancy recording apps. You can just use QuickTime Player, which is available on all Macs.
- Launch QuickTime Player. You can easily search it on Spotlight.
- On the menu bar, click on File, then New Screen Recording.
- Click the red Record button. You can also click the small down button beside it for more options like setting up the microphone.
- Click anywhere on the screen. Now you’re recording, and you can start playing!
- Once you’re done, click on the Stop Recording button on the menu bar.
- A dialog box will appear where you can choose in which folder you want to save your video.
- You can also trim videos on QuickTime Player. On the menu bar, choose Edit, then Trim.
- Drag the yellow handles on either side of the clip to trim out the parts you don’t need.
Like with Windows, make sure to disable notifications on your Mac to avoid interruptions.
Want to Go to the Next Level?
Once you’ve got the hang of these quick and easy recording apps, maybe you’d want to try out more sophisticated software. The OBS Studio is free and open-source software with advanced video editing functions on par with popular options like the Adobe Premiere Pro or the VEGAS Pro.
You can also use Audacity, another free program if you want to make your audio truly world-class. It’s the most popular audio editing software for a reason. Both of these apps work on Mac and Windows.
Now, if you’re really determined to produce high-quality gaming videos, you might want to take a look at capture cards. Capture cards let you stream or record gameplay on your computer with much higher resolutions and frame rates. There are countless options out there for everyone’s budget.
A Final Tip