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How to Record Screen with FFmpeg

ffmpeg featured imageDesktop recording is very in demand nowadays as it is most beneficial for students on their school reports, tutorials, and a lot more. Not only for students, but this is useful as well for work-related scenarios. When you need to record your computer screen at work, you can present your progress report out in the field. Besides, this works well also for entertainment purposes. Especially when you don't want to miss your live online game, you can use online tools and software to record your screen. FFmpeg is one of the best free screen recording tools that can help you record your computer desktop. Here we will show you how to record screen with FFmpeg.

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How to Record Screen with FFmpeg

As mentioned above, one of these ways is by using FFmpeg. It is one of the leading multimedia frameworks, that ables to encode, transcode, decode, stream, play, and filter almost everything both computers and humans created.FFmpeg is basically a command utility. That's why most of the time, users may think that it's not there, but in fact, it is just working on the background. You can use this software in recording your computer screen, but it also does a very good job in file format conversion. That means you can actually get the desired format of your screen recording. And not only with the conversion, but it also does a lot of nice things with your recorded file. However, as mentioned earlier, that FFmpeg is a command utility; you need to install another companion tool to use its recording function. Read below to know the steps on how to record the screen with FFmpeg.

User Guide:

  • Download and install FFmpeg to your computer by clicking on the link provided above. You also need to download two more companion tools. One screen recording tool and one to play your recorded file after. Make sure that these three are saved in the same folder.
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  • Next, open Powershell or use the old command prompt in a directory way. Then type-in "FFmpeg" and "Bin" on the directory, make sure ffmpeg.exe, ffplay.exe, and ffprobe.exe are prompted.
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  • After that, list all your available devices by typing in ".\ffmpeg.exe - list_devices true -f dshow -i dummy" and press "Enter" and you will see all the devices list available for recording.
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  • And lastly, to start recording the screen, choose which devices you are going to use. One for the audio source and one for the video. For example, type in .\ffmpeg.exe -f dshow -i audio: "Microphone (Samson CO1U Pro Mic)":video-"screen-capture-recorder" sample_vid.mp4 and press "Enter" and it will start the recording automatically.
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AceThinker Screen Grabber Pro - Best FFmpeg Alternative

If you want to use another tool to record FFmpeg, we strongly suggest using the AceThinker Screen Grabber Premium. This tool can help you capture your screen in the full-screen mode, region, and even with an external webcam. Also, this tool can record the audio from your system sound, microphone, or both when recording. Another good thing about Screen Grabber Premium is it can put annotations like shapes, lines, texts, and arrows while recording. You can also use its advanced feature called the “Task Scheduler” to set a particular date and time to record your screen automatically. To know how to use this tool, see the steps below.

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Step 1 Install the Screen Grabber Premium

First, click one of the “Download” buttons above to get its installer. Then, launch it and follow the steps for installing the tool to your computer. Once done, open the app and click the “Video Recorder” to its recording toolbar.

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Step 2 Start screen recording

Next, choose if you will record in full-screen or in region mode at the leftmost part of the recording toolbar. Then, click the “REC” button at the right part of it to start screen recording. A floating toolbar will appear to add annotations, pause and resume the recording, and stop when done.

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Step 3 Play for Preview

When finished, click the “Stop” button at the leftmost part of the floating toolbar. After that, video playback will appear where you can watch the video. You can also click the “Save” button from there to keep the video to your computer.

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To sum up, there are already a lot of ways to record your desktop screen. Using one of the methods provided above or trying them all will give you a hand. With these two ways, you will never go wrong on recording your desktop screen. Thus, for just a piece of advice, AceThinker Screen Grabber Pro rises above the FFmpeg record desktop feature. It is a user-friendly tool and less complicated to download and install. You can easily record your computer screen with just a few clicks. So what are you waiting for? Try it to believe it.

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