You can record your screen easily and for free using the Clipchamp video editor.

To take a screen recording, go to the Record & create tab on the left sidebar of the editor. Next, click on the Screen recording option.

You can also access Screen and camera recordings via the Add media + button, then click on Record your camera or screen.

Audio will also be recorded through your computer's microphone, for example, if you want to talk while showing your screen (unless you turn the audio recording off).

See below for a step-by-step guide with images.


How to record your screen

Step 1. Go to Add Media or click the plus icon > Record your camera or screen

Close up of add media button
Close up of record your webcam or screen button

Or click Record and Create on the left sidebar menu, then choose Screen recording.

Close up of record and create tab with user clicking on screen recording

NOTE: if you click the button and nothing happens, try clicking away to another menu (e.g., the Text menu), then going back to the Add Media menu and trying again.


Step 2. Change your audio input (OPTIONAL)

A recording panel will appear in the bottom left of the editor.

Screen record with audio microphone settings button

By default, your inbuilt microphone will be used to record sound. If you want to change this, click the microphone symbol to choose a new source from the list, or to choose no audio at all:

User clicking on microphone settings

NOTE: If you decide you want to remove the audio from the recording later, you can do this using the audio muting or separating tools.


Step 3. Click the red button to start recording

Click the red circular button in the panel in the bottom left of the editor:

User clicking the red record button


Step 4. Choose a type of screencasting and click Share

A window will appear with screen-sharing options. Choose if you'd like to record:

  • your entire screen (if you have more than one monitor you'll be shown multiple screens – select one)

  • an application window (your open applications will display – select one)

  • a browser tab in Chrome or Edge (your open tabs will be displayed – select one)

Window with screen sharing options

NOTE: If you choose to record a Chrome tab and want to record the tab's audio, be sure to tick the Share audio checkbox in the bottom left of the screen:

Close up of share audio

Then click the Share button in the bottom right to start recording.

Your screen will start recording immediately and the timer in the recording panel will show the elapsed recording time.

TIP: If you want to record for longer than the maximum time (shown to the right of the elapsed time), try taking several shorter recordings and combining them in the editor later.


Step 5. Click the Stop sharing button to stop recording

To end the recording, EITHER click the square button in the panel in the editor:

User clicking stop record

OR click the stop sharing button next to the message saying " is sharing your screen" at the bottom of your screen:

User clicking stop sharing

NOTE: depending on your browser settings, a Save File dialogue will appear asking you to choose a location to store the video, or the video will be auto-saved to your downloads folder or desktop. Be sure to keep this file on your computer somewhere (don't delete it!), as in the future, you may need to relink it to your project.


Step 6. Click Add to Project

In the Clipchamp editor, you'll see a window where you can watch and save the recording:

User clicking add to project once screen recording has finished

If you're not happy and want to record again, click the Retake recording button (you will lose the current recording). 

If you're happy and want to save the video, click the Add to project button at the bottom of the screen.

Close up of retake recording and add to project


Step 7. Drag your screen recording to the timeline

Your recording will appear in the media library area (it may take a few seconds to load). Drag and drop it into the timeline at the bottom of the editor. 

User dragging and dropping video onto the timeline

Here you can edit the video, e.g. trim unwanted parts off the start or end, split it to cut out unwanted parts in the middle, or even add music

If the recording doesn't fit the dimensions of your project (e.g. you see black bars on either side of it) you can crop it to fit.

For more information on Clipchamp's editing tools, see how to edit a video article.

If you want to take another screen recording, return to the Add Media menu and follow this process again.


Step 8. Export your video

If you're finished editing and would like to save the screen recording in your timeline to your computer, click the Export button in the top right. For more information, see: exporting your video.


Try it out

Ready to get started? Head straight to Clipchamp to try it out for yourself:

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