How to Record a Video Playing On Your Computer

By Techwalla Contributor

If you are watching a short video on your computer and want to download it but can't, your in luck. In this article I will describe step by step how you will be able to record whatever is playing on your computer screen.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with audio input and output jacks
  • 1/8 in. TRS line
  • Screen Recorder Gold (program)

Step 1

Download the screen recorder from "". I suggest using the free version. At least at first just to see if you like the program before buying.

Step 2

Plug in the 1/8 inch cable, one end into audio out jack and the other into the audio out jack. This will enable you to record the audio from the video being recorded.

Step 3

Now open the video your are trying to record and the program you just downloaded. Because the free version is unregistered there will be a small water mark in the top right corner, but it is by no means annoying or in the way so I don't register. If you want to that is completely up to you.

Step 4

In the recording program click on the area tab to adjust the size of the recording area. You can choose a specific recording size of area using the fixed region setting or the entire monitor screen. It is best to play around with the fixed region settings to accommodate the size of recording area.

Step 5

Now open the options tab and click on preferences. To adjust the speed of the recording increase or decrease the Capture and Playback frames per second. I suggest starting at 500 frames per second for both recording and play back settings.

Step 6

Hit the record button and then the play button on the original video and viola. You are good to go. You can continue to adjust settings within the recording program but these instructions will get you started.

Step 7

Hit the stop button and save the file to your hard drive. The video and audio will proceed to merge and when that is finished you are set to watch whatever was on your screen again and again. Have fun.

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