3 Mistakes to Avoid that Could Ruin the Quality of Screencasts
Have you noticed that screencasts seem to vary quite a bit in terms of their quality? Some look clear and professional, while others may look blurry and even stutter on occasion.
The reason why some screencasts have poor quality is often because mistakes that are made when recording them. If you’re going to be recording screencasts of your own it is important to know what these mistakes are, so that you can avoid making them yourself:
- Setting a small recording frame
Beginners often make the mistake of setting a recording frame that is very small because they’re only interested in recording one small area of their screen. Although that may seem to make sense, the fact of the matter is the resolution of your video will depend on the resolution of the recording frame – and if it is low the video’s definition will be poor.
Suffice to say you should try to record in as large a frame as possible, and run the window or app you’re recording in full-screen if it is an option. Just remember to check that the aspect ratio of the frame is right too – otherwise your video may end up letterboxed.
- Not keeping tabs on the system performance
Recording high quality screencasts while running other apps (or games) at the same time can require quite a bit of system resources. Some older computers may start to feel that load, and their performance could suffer – which will be captured in the video.
It is important that you keep tabs on your system performance while you record and take steps if necessary to improve it. One simple way to start is by closing all the apps and background processes that you don’t need.
- Overlooking the microphone audio quality
It may seem that the audio quality of screencasts doesn’t require much attention, which is true if you’re only recording the system audio. However if you’re recording audio via a microphone as well – its audio quality can have a big impact on the overall quality of your screencast.
Ideally you should test the audio quality of the microphone beforehand and make improvements as needed. Minimizing the background noise and using a microphone stand can be a good start – as well as investing in a good microphone to begin with.
Although the software that you use to record desktop won’t affect its quality, you should try out Movavi Screen Recorder Studio. It will give you full control over the recording parameters, and with its built-in editor you can enhance the quality of your videos and fix any issues much more easily. On top of that its features will let you add audio tracks, insert text, apply effects, include animated transitions, and more.
If you’re able to avoid all the mistakes described above, you should literally be able to see the difference that it makes to the quality of your screencasts. Now that you know what to look for – that should be easy enough.