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How to Make a Video on Your Computer for YouTube

featured image record youtube videoRecording your screen has been essential because of the worldwide pandemic situation we're experiencing right now. Many activities have gone online today, like classes, meetings, marketing, shopping, and more. Additionally, screen recording is one of the main requirements for creating a software tutorial, game walkthrough, etc. Also, most of these videos are uploaded to YouTube so they can reach a wider audience. So, if you're planning to record YouTube video for uploading, we collected the best screen recorders available.

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How to Make a Video on Your Computer for YouTube

Distinctive Feature: It has a "Task Schedule" function that lets you automatically record a YouTube video even when you're away from your computer.
Trial Limit: Video and audio trimming is not available.

YouTube's optimal format for uploading is that the video must be saved as MP4 with H.264 video codec and AAC audio codec. Doing this, expect a high-quality video upload but with smaller file size. In that case, computer software is highly capable of achieving this requirement - AceThinker Screen Grabber Premium. The output format for the video and audio are available to configure and continue recording without losing the original video quality. Another good thing about it is it lets you share the recorded video directly to YouTube for a faster uploading process. Follow the simple guide below to learn how to make YouTube videos on computer using Screen Grabber Premium.

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Step 1 Install the Screen Recorder for YouTube

Hit any "Download" button placed above to get the installer for your Windows or Mac computer. Then, open the downloaded .exe file to launch the installation program. Follow the prompt for the installation until it is entirely saved on your computer—open Screen Grabber Premium after accessing its interface.

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Step 2 Configure Output Settings for YouTube Upload

Click the "Menu" button or the 3 lines located at the upper-right corner and select "Preferences." From the settings window, go to the "Output" to change the format to MP4, video codec to H.264, and audio format to MP3. Click "OK" to save all changes made.

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Step 3 How to Record a Video for YouTube on PC

Once everything is set-up, you can turn on the "System Sound" and/or "Microphone" for the audio source. Next, set-up if you want to record in a region or in full screen. Finally, hit the "REC" button to start recording.

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Step 4 Annotate While Recording

By default, a floating recording toolbar will appear that allows you to control the process. From here, click the "Pen" icon to access the annotation toolbar. Now, you can insert highlights, texts, or shapes into the recording.

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Step 5 Save and Share the Recorded Video to YouTube

Once done, click the "Stop" button on the recording toolbar. Then, hit "Save" on the preview window to keep the copy on your computer. After that, right-click the file name and select "Share." Finally, choose "YouTube" from the platforms to launch it and upload the recorded video there.

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Alternative Screen Recorders for YouTube You Can Use

1. Bandicam

Distinctive Feature: The software is designed for video game recording to capture 3D games in 4K UHD quality.
Trial Limit: Every recording session will only last for 10 minutes, plus a watermark on the final output.

If you want to learn how to record gameplay on pc and upload it to youtube, try Bandicam. The tool can also capture gameplay for up to 480 fps. Additionally, the tool allows you to save the recorded screen video in MP4, which is suitable for YouTube upload. Bandicam uses your graphics card's total capacity, ensuring that there are no lags experienced while recording. Finally, the tool lets you include a webcam overlay window for the recording, typically used for game and live streaming.

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2. QuickTime Player

Distinctive Feature: The tool is usually installed by default on your Mac computer, so it lets you record your screen for free, with no complicated registration and installation process required.
Trial Limit: N/A

As we know, QuickTime Player is an excellent video player that lets you open several MP4 and MOV files. Aside from being a mere player, the tool also provides other essential functions, including screen recording. Additionally, recording your screen using the program is very straightforward. You don't have to set it up and configure the settings since it lets you record in full within a single click. However, it cannot record the internal audio of your computer.

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3. Screencast-o-Matic

Distinctive Feature: The online tool lets you add captions and stock music into your screen recording to enhance it further.
Trial Limit: Free to use, but the tool will only let you record for 15 minutes each session.

Screencast-o-Matic provides several sharing options for its users. Besides allowing you to directly share the video to YouTube, the tool can also generate a direct link or an embed code. Also, it can transmit the recorded video to Google Drive, Facebook, or Twitter. Like most of the screen recorders mentioned here, it also provides several recording modes. Furthermore, it can detect your microphone if you want to add audio narration into the recording. Lastly, Screencast-o-Matic has straightforward editing tools that can trim the recorded video.

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4. OBS Studio

Distinctive Feature: Aside from uploading the recorded screen video to YouTube directly, OBS Studio even lets you conduct a live stream and transfer it to YouTube.
Trial Limit: N/A

OBS Studio is a free and open-source screen recording program sponsored by game streaming platforms including Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook Gaming. The tool is equipped with powerful video and audio capturing modes. These modes let you detect and record several windows or apps opened on your screen, including browser windows, webcams, games, and others. Moreover, it enables you to preview the scenes and modes you selected in case you want to live stream a YouTube video. However, live streaming functions are not so user-friendly since it requires lots of steps and set-ups before you achieve it.

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Comparison of YouTube Video Recorders

Price Availability Output Format Recording Quality
Screen Grabber Premium $29.95/year Windows and Mac MP4, WMV, MOV, AVI, etc. up to 4K
Bandicam $39.95 Windows only MP4 and AVI up to 4K
QuickTime Player Free Mac only MP4 and MOV up to 1080p
Screencast-o-Matic Free Web browsers MP4, AVI, and FLV up to 720p
OBS Studio Free Windows, Mac, and Linux MP4, FLV, MKV, etc. up to 4K
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